Just in time for your Christmas and holiday shopping, the Jewellery Department is ending 2012 with a flurry with over 700 lots going on the block in November and December. The Quarterly Auctions of mid November bring a huge selection of gold jewellery in a wide variety of forms, together with some interesting quantities of costume jewellery. There are watches, wristwatches, unmounted gemstones and small groupings of antique pieces rounding out the 400 lot auction. Also coming up in November is another of our Numismatic Auctions which will feature the usual selection of Canadian Mint product and silver content coins, together with a large assortment of gold coins from all over the world. Good coins and bank notes remain a popular form of collectible at a time when many of the traditional forms of collectibles are seeing their market interest dwindling, and we will be continuing the Numismatic Auctions through 2013.
On December 4th, just a few weeks after the November auctions, we will be holding our auction of Fine Jewellery And Watches. This 250 lot auction will be the largest selection of fine jewellery and watches Waddington’s has ever offered in a single evening. There are over a dozen diamond solitaire rings with stones up to 4.70ct., several significant strands of pearls, and finely crafted pieces by many of the biggest names in jewellery including Tiffany, Cartier, Gucci, Hermes, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Stittgen, Secrett, Mindham, Bulgari, Bancelin, Fope, Lapponia, Lalaounis, Antoniazzi, Tufenkjian and Barry Kiesselstein.
Complementing the jewellery there is a selection of fine wristwatches for both men and women. A rare reference #1655 “Steve McQueen” Rolex Explorer II and a lady’s Chopard “Ice Cube” set with 920 diamonds are among the wristwatch highlights. Other makers represented in the auction include Cartier, Patek Philippe, Corum, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin and Baume & Mercier.
The Fine Jewellery Auction will also include over 25 pocket watches. The selection includes a Stolz Freres automaton repeater plus 6 other minute repeaters. There is a 1930’s Cartier gold and enamel dress pocket watch, a Jules Jurgensen with the original box and signed certificate, fine pocket watches by Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Ulysee Nardin, A. Lange & Sohne, Henry Sandoz, James McCabe, Edward Dent and L. Vrard, plus a variety of American Railroad Grade watches by Waltham, Hamilton and Elgin.
Looking forward to 2013, our Quarterly Jewellery and Numismatic Auctions will be held in February, May, September and November, and our bi-annual Fine Jewellery Auctions will be part of Waddington’s spring and fall catalogue auction line-up.
The online auctions will also continue, with our next Costume & Silver Jewellery and Luxury Accessories Auction in the early spring. The luxury accessories component of these auctions was a new addition started in 2012, and features a wide variety of items by coveted names. In 2012, our auctions included Hermes scarves, purses by Louis Vuitton and Chanel, leather goods by Gucci, and a range of Cartier and Tiffany pens, lighters, keychains and wallets. We hope to continue to offer this type of material in our 2013 auctions as it has proven to be a very popular addition to the sales. Also planned for the spring of 2013 is an online auction of First Nation Jewellery to include silver and gold jewellery of Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and Haida origin.
We are always pleased to hear from clients who would like to consign a single piece, or an entire collection, to one of these auctions and we wish everyone all the best for the holidays.