Real gems at autumn event at Lawrences’

Real gems at autumn event at Lawrences’

GEM: 19th Century Colombian emerald and diamond bracelet sold for £14,340

HIGHLIGHT: Doucai saucer dishes of the Kangxi period went to £45,400

First published in News

ON the second day of Lawrences’ big autumn auction, jewellery and ceramics were on offer and the lure of the east led the day with the highest price.

However, there were plenty of highlights elsewhere.

Within the first twenty lots, a 108cm graduated amber bead necklace soared to £5,000.

A stainless steel ‘Reverso’ watch by Jaeger Le Coultre also exceeded expectations to make £2,620, whilst two gold and gem set bangles were pushed to £4,900.

Other strong prices included £3,220 for a gold, enamel and gem set pendant; £6,800 for a Burmese ruby and gold hinged bracelet; £5,130 for a two stone diamond ring with 2.3 carats total weight; and £5,000 for an emerald and diamond ring.

The section’s top prices were for a 19th Century Colombian emerald and diamond bracelet, £14,340, and a similar brooch at £7,760.

A beautifully crafted, eye-catching enamel portrait upon a gold and enamel bracelet was bid to £4,420 to conclude the selection.

In the Ceramics section, a Royal Worcester coffee service decorated by James Stinton made £2,030; a collection of distinctive Troika, inspired by Cornish art and sorted into 19 lots, made £3,650; a Derby ‘named view’ tea service made £1,790; two Meissen groups of children playing around a wine press and a barrel made £5,130; a buyer took a stab at a fine quality Japanese bronze figure of a pikeman at £2,270; and a small Chinese Chenghua bowl from the 15th century made £1,790.

A Chinese famille rose vase was bid to £8,120 but the day’s top price was for a pair of Doucai saucer dishes of the Kangxi period (1654-1722).

The ‘doucai’ term refers to complex blue and white underglazes overlaid in other colours after firing.

The dishes, 32.5cm wide, were contested to £45,400 to provide a strong highlight for a successful day that exceeded £350,000.

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