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Visit to Plymouth yields some fine jewellery

Clarks’ summer sale programme continues with another eclectic mix of finery & good decorator’s pieces. Jewellery is once again the star of the show which includes a great collection from a seller in Plymouth. A very pretty, early 20thC. sapphire & diamond ring set in platinum ought to at least achieve its guide of £200-300 whilst an equally attractive 18ct white gold Edwardian figaro chain, set with diamond & aquamarine (£200-300), should also find a new owner. A ladies Chopard 18ct gold Happy Diamonds wristwatch with leather strap isn’t expensive at £600-800 whilst similar can be said about an 18ct white gold pendant & chain set with approx. 1.3ct diamonds which is in at £500-600. An impressive ladies diamond ring, set with a lively, old cut diamond of approx. 4ct, also with good clarity, ought to go well at £10000-15000. There are numerous bullion investment opportunities with a 132.7g 9ct gold cigarette case (£1400-1600) along with many other gold items such as a decent grade 1788 George III gold guinea at £300-400.

Among the silver entries include a a small collection of vinaigrettes & good, mother of pearl silver bladed fruits knives with prices from £20-30. A collection of silver toddies from the same property as the bulk of the jewellery, go on offer from just £20, while an attractive late art deco 1940 silver coffee & water pot set by A E Poston & Co Ltd. ought to be in the hunt at £300-500. A cased set of four heavy gauge 1954 Sheffield silver napkin rings of faceted design, numbered 1 to 4, by Robert Belks, weighing in at 178g (£60-80) & a cased art deco 1937 London sliver cruet set by Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd. 284g excluding liners, (£100-150), are attractive pieces for collectors.

The star of the ceramics has to be the Madoura “face” bowl by Pablo Picasso. Carrying the date of 30-3-22, the bowl ought to achieve its guide of £600-800 & represents good long term investment material as well as being a great talking piece. An impressive, 1920’s art deco porcelain Katzhutte figure group of flamenco dangers is in perfect condition is in to go at £100-200 whilst another item from the decorative arts, a Victorian opaline glass biscuit barrel of hexagonal form with floral & butterfly enamelled decor, really should have no problem making £20-30. A c.1900 Newlyn style copper arts & crafts mirror with galleon decor (£100-150) & a fully restored mid 19thC. 32lb HMS Cambridge cannonball, 6.25in in diameter, (£120-140) both have chances.

A watercolour of Praa Sands, attributed to Thomas Cooper-Gotch by auctioneers Phillips, appears on the open market for only the second time in its history at £600-800, again from the same household, are a pair of Garstin Cox oil on panels of Kynance cove, which should achieve their guide price of £200-400. Paintings by Gordon King, William Turner (1930’s), Karl Kaufmann & Maria Gianna also catch the eye. A collection of film memorabilia by renowned film historian, Michael Burrows, also go under the hammer. These include personal correspondence between himself & actors such as Gene Kelly & Mario Lanza as well as a book he owned prior his passing, written & hand signed by PM Boris Johnson. There is also a signed personal photo card from Richard Nixon. Prices start from £30.

The furnishings section is certainly worth a look too with a few great decorators’ pieces. A walnut & coromandel wood writing slope presents in superb condition, asking £100-150. Auctioneer Paul Clark added “It has clearly been very well looked after – a lovely looking piece!” Among other entries includes a pair of 1930’s art deco bucket type chairs. Reupholstered in the last few years, these go in at £300-500. An 18thC. oak bible box & stand (£200-300), a Windsor style carver with elm seat (£60-80), a blond Ercol Windsor armchair (£60-80), a 19thC. painted pitch pine dresser (£100-200), a coopered oak stick stand (£50-60), & various 19thC. spoon back armchairs from just £50 also should awaken the interest of buyers.