Stunning Silver, Gorgeous Gems and Colourful Ceramics Come Up in Cirencester Auction

The Cotswold Auction Company hold their annual specialist sale of Silver, Jewellery, Watches, Ceramics and Oriental Works of Art

A veritable feast for the eyes will fill the Bingham Hall in Cirencester on March 21st and 22nd, when The Cotswold Auction Company hold their annual specialist sale of Silver, Jewellery, Watches, Ceramics and Oriental Works of Art. There are delights to be found in every section and collectors will be able to bid, as always, from the comfort of their own homes via

In the Silver section works by some of the major eighteenth and nineteenth century silversmiths are on offer, such a George III silver teapot by Hester Bateman, with a separate teapot stand, London 1786 estimated at £600 - £800. One of the pioneer female silversmiths, Hester’s work is keenly sought after, as is that by Robert Hennell, from the late eighteenth century. A fine George III silver footed mustard pot by this maker is included, with an estimate of £400 - £500, while a George III silver tea caddy by Henry Chawner, London 1786 bears an estimate of £400 - £600. Even earlier is a George II silver card tray by another well known maker, John Tuite, London 1736, coming in at £250 - £350. The silver flatware section boasts some useful lots, such as a service of Queens pattern flatware, estimated at £500 - £700 and a set of eight rare George IV Irish silver tablespoons, Dublin 1823, expected to realise £400 - £600.

Amongst the Jewellery is a stunning Victorian ruby and diamond brooch, estimated at £2,000 - £2,500, a Victorian Howell James gold, turquoise and diamond bracelet, expected to realise £1,000 - £1,500 and a suite of Indian gem-set gold jewellery. For those who like a bit of sparkle about their person there are diamond brooches including a star brooch and a flowerhead diamond cluster brooch, while a gorgeous two-strand pearl necklace has the unusual feature of two diamond-set fan-shaped clasps. A mid-Victorian turquoise-set gold pendant with asymmetric drops is a real eye-catcher and bears an estimate of £300 – £500.

Amongst the Clocks and Watches are two fine late nineteenth century brass repeating carriage clocks, both with unusually decorative cases and from the same house comes a nineteenth century Swiss gold, seed pearl and enamel decorated pocket watch by Stauffer, Geneva, set to realise £400 - £600. There are also Georgian silver pair-cased pocket watches in this section.

Welsh porcelain always attracts strong interest from collectors, not just because of its relative rarity, but also the fine quality and assured decoration of the pieces. This sale includes a Swansea porcelain plate with a matching oval dish (estimate £300 - £500) painted with a naturalistic floral spray within formal gilt borders and other pieces including an Nantgarw porcelain teacup with bands of pink roses. Amongst the continental porcelain is the well-known porcelain group “The Gardeners” by the Meissen factory, which depicts three eighteenth century figures and a child variously engaged in gardening. The auctioneers are expecting something between £600 and £900 for this group.

Chinese porcelain is also well represented with a Celadon vase purchased from Bluetts, London in the 1960s. This bears a Chien Lung mark (estimate £300 - £500) and is in excellent condition. Chinese blue and white porcelain is also on offer, as is an exquisite album of Chinese watercolours, principally bird studies and in beautiful jewelled colours which have been beautifully preserved, away from sunlight.

In the Glass section is Bohemian overlay, early Georgian cut glass, rummers and other tableware.

The sale is on view at The Bingham Hall on Thursday 21st March from 10.00am until 7.00pm and can be viewed online on from midweek (many illustrations already available on the website). Live online bidding is available on the day via and the auctioneers can be contacted on 01285-642420, 01242-256363 or 01452-521177

Posted: 16/03/2013 11:22:55



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