Diamond Necklace Shines

May 16th, 2022

The auction held by Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th May 2022 proved a great success with previous house records being broken.

One of the highlights of the sale was an impressive 19th century diamond riviere necklace, graduated and set with 51 diamonds. The piece, originally purchased from Garrard & Co., Regent Street, London in 1948 was estimated at £15,000 – £20,000. After fierce competition from telephone bidders the necklace achieved a hammer price of £47,000 (+ buyers premium) – a new auction house record. Additionally in the Jewellery section an attractive pair of French Art Deco diamond set ear clips, attributed to Cartier sold for £23,000 (+ buyers premium) and a diamond single stone ring weighing 4.92ct sold for £17,000 (+ buyers premium).

Antiques jewellery proved particularly desirable with buyers across the globe; a Georgian emerald and diamond set cluster pendant selling for £5,000 (+ buyers premium); a late 18th/ early 19th diamond, turquoise and rock crystal heart shaped pendant selling for £2,600 (+ buyers premium); a Georgian diamond set ring selling for £3,700 (+ buyers premium) and a late 17th/ early 18th century gold and enamel locket selling for £4,000 (+ buyers premium).

Elsewhere in the sale an interesting Garrard & Co chamber stick, given as a Christmas present by Queen Victoria, by repute to her favourite John Brown sold for £3,800 (+ buyers premium).

A Tekke Bokhara carpet, Turkmenistan believed to be 18th century, created an enormous amount of interest from UK and international buyers. This rare example sold for a hammer price of £10,000 (+ buyers premium).  


Catherine Southon Auctioneers celebrate 10th anniversary with two-day auction

May 3rd, 2022

In celebration of our 10 year anniversary the forthcoming Antiques & Collectables auction to be held on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th May 2022, will be our first two day sale.

The auction includes over 850 lots, within the sale are a number of important and interesting highlights.

One of these highlights is a silver candlestick that is believed to have been given by Queen Victoria to her personal attendant and favourite John Brown (1826-1883). Engraved ‘From V R Xmas 1871’, initialled J.B., it is stamped Garrards Panton Street London and carries an estimate of £800 – 1,200. It is being sold by a private collector.

Auctioneer and Valuer Stephanie Connell said: “We are very pleased to be offering this chamber stick which we believe was given to John Brown by Queen Victoria – he was her loyal companion for many years, who was epitomised in the film of 1997 featuring Dame Judi Dench and Billy Connolly.”

Following on from the success of the sale of the street signs on behalf of Westminster Council in the past few years. A late 20th century enamelled City of Westminster Abbey Road NW8 street sign with iconic black and red sans serif lettering first created by Sir Misha Black in 1967 is estimated at £1,500 – 2,500.

The sale includes over 300 items of jewellery, particularly exciting are an impressive early/mid Victorian diamond graduated riviere necklace which is estimated at £15,000-20,000.  According to the vendor, this necklace was purchased from Garrard and Co, Regent Street, London in May 1948 and comprises 51 graduated cushion-shaped old brilliant-cut diamonds. A stunning 4 carat diamond single stone ring with a very light yellow brilliant-cut diamond carries an estimate of £10,000 – 15,000; while a pair of diamond flower ear clips attribution to Cartier are expected to fetch £8,000-12,000 and an emerald and diamond-set ring with the
central octagonal emerald weighing 2 carat is estimated at £4,000-6,000.

The sale additionally has a number of interesting works of art including a still life by British artist Mary Fedden. The oil on canvas of flowers is estimated at £2,000 – 3,000.

Single owner collection proves hugely successful at auction

February 4th, 2022

Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers sale held on Wednesday 2nd February was enormously successful with excellent prices across every category of the sale. 

An important single owner collection, part of a deceased estate, produced a number of high prices. Some of the highlights included an ancient Egyptian sandstone fragment decorated in relief with a goddess sold for £9,000 (+ Buyers Premium); an Ancient Egyptian wood headrest, sold for £6,000 (+ Buyers Premium); a finely carved Japanese wooden netsuke, in the form of a monkey and her baby sold for a hammer price of £4,800 (+ Buyers Premium); a rare book relating to Confucius ‘Confucius Sinarum Philosophus Sive Scientia Sinensis Latine Exposita’, sold for £5,500 (+ Buyers Premium) and a Georgian foil backed pendant necklace, with deep blue paste stones sold for £3,900 (+ Buyers Premium). 

In the rest of the sale watches proved very popular, with a Rolex ‘Pepsi’ stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet wristwatch selling for £18,000 (+ Buyers Premium); a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King with precision blue dial, sold for £3,400 (+ Buyers Premium) and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Precision wristwatch, achieved £2,600 (+ Buyers Premium).  

Ancient Egyptian headrest uncovered in Surrey!

January 12th, 2022

The forthcoming Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers sale of Antiques & Collectables will be held on Wednesday 2nd February 2022 and comprises over 650 lots.

The auction includes a fascinating single owner collection.

One of the highlights of the collection is a rare Ancient Egyptian headrest (lot 43) uncovered by our team. This unexpected important discovery will be offered with an estimate of £6,000 – 8,000.

The headrest, which is over 4000 years old, dates to the 6th dynasty – 2360-2195 B.C – headrests were part of Ancient Egyptian culture for over 2,500 years. Used during sleep they were placed on mattresses to help raise the head, keeping the neck and head cool.

After death, these pieces were taken to their owner’s tombs to be placed with their Mummies for use in the afterlife. Headrests were believed to protect the sleeper both in life and death.

This particularly beautiful piece of antiquity is carved under the pillow with a pair of slender hands in shallow relief. A very similar example can be found in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA and another example carved with hands can be found in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The sale also includes a further piece of antiquity being an Ancient Egyptian sandstone fragment of a goddess (lot 42).

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We can arrange home visits for larger consignments and are able to perform probate valuations. We are also offering to provide valuations by email if preferred.

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Monday 18th July 2022 10:00am – 1:00pm
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Tuesday 19th July 10:00am – 1:00pm
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Thursday 21st July 10:00am – 1:00pm
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Forthcoming Auctions

14th September 2022 (closing for entries late July 2022)

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Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th May 2022

Antiques & Collectables

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 

Antiques & Collectables

Wednesday 17th November 2021

Antiques & Collectables

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