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Objects of Vertu


What are objects of vertu?

These are objects that are finely and beautifully made using precious materials.  They are usually small and are admired as a work of art, although they may also be functional.  This category is very strong in our sales and we have been privileged to sell some exceptional and luxurious pieces.  These include a nephrite and gold Faberge photo frame which sold for £18,000 (plus premium), and a gold and amethyst table strike by Janesich which sold for £16,000 (plus premium).  The high prices achieved reflect a strong worldwide market and an increasing demand for rare and unusual objects of vertu especially those designed and made by luxurious brands.

Within the area of vertu, we also sell portrait miniatures and have achieved good prices for 18th and 19th century single portrait miniatures on ivory and porcelain.  One of the real highlights in the history of our auction room was handling the two stunning framed sets of 19th century Indian portrait miniatures which sold for an astonishing £16,000 (plus premium) against all expectations.


A rare set of twenty Indian 19th century portrait miniatures on ivory. Sold for £16,000 (plus premium).

 


A continental silver gilt and enamel box. Sold for £750 (plus premium).


A gold mounted nephrite Faberge photo frame by Michael Perchin. Sold for £18,000 (plus premium).

 


A rare French Art Deco gold and amethyst table strike by Janesich. Sold for £16,000 (plus premium).


Valuations

We hold Valuation Days by appointment at our office located at Chislehurst Business Centre, Bromley BR7 6LH Tuesday – Friday from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Please note that we do not hold Valuation Days during the week of an auction.

COVID UPDATE – we are delighted to announce that we are able to welcome clients back into our office for valuations, please call to arrange an appointment 0208 468 1010.

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.

For an appointment please call on 0208 468 1010 or email info@catherinesouthon.co.uk

Valuations

Auctions

Past Auction

Wednesday 9th June 2021
Antiques & Collectables

Current Auction

Previous Auctions

Wednesday 31st March 2021
Single Owner Collection of Ancient & British Coins
Online timed auction

Wednesday 24th February 2021
Antiques & Collectables – Online live auction

Wednesday 17th February 2021
London Street Signs – Timed auction

See our previous auction results

Catalogue

A full on-line version of our current catalogues can be viewed here.

We also produce glossy printed catalogues. These are available to purchase at each auction or can be posted out on request. If you would like to view a PDF of our current catalogue please click below.

Catalogue