Silver Ships, Diamond Giraffes And An American Design Icon

As the festive countdown gets underway, McTear’s is curating a week of luxury auctions which open for viewing on Tuesday 22 November.



A stunning diamond giraffe bangle, an American design icon and a fabulously extravagant Sterling silver model of Henry III’s flagship, Mary Rose, are just a few of the items going under the hammer on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November.

With an estimate of £800 to £1.200, the 31cm tall scale replica of the Mary Rose is modelled in full sail and mounted on a wood plinth. Manufactured by Ammonite Ltd. of Birmingham, the detailed model was created to commemorate the raising of the 16th century vessel from the Solent in 1982.

Also featuring in the 259 lot Silver & Luxury Accessories auction on 24 November is a quite splendid George VI Art Deco nine carat yellow gold cigarette case. The rare 80 year old piece was created by the renowned Sheffield based, Barker Bros., and has an estimate of £2,000 to £3,000. 

For those style gurus looking for the ultimate statement piece, the Auction for an Art Lover: 19th & 20th Century Design, features a classic Eames 670/671 chair and ottoman. Designed in 1956, the instantly recognisable American design icon is estimated at £3,000 to £4,000.

Glasgow son Charles Rennie Mackintosh also features in the sale with a stunning House for an Art Lover dining suite by Bruce Hamilton of Glasgow expected to fetch up to £2,000. The suite is a high quality faithful reproduction of the original Mackintosh design with the eight oak dining chairs and table featuring stencilling by Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw of the Lansdowne House of Stencils.



Keeping with the Glasgow theme, the auction will include no less than 22 pieces of Clutha Glass by James Couper & Sons.  Items in the 100 year old collection of colourful vases, glasses and candlesticks are expected to fetch up to £120 each.


Friday 25 November will open in a blaze of sparkling colour, with diamond rings, brooches and several stunning tennis bracelets going under the hammer.  Included in the impressive collection of jewels is a beautifully elegant diamond and enamel giraffe bangle. The exquisite piece, which features a diamond set head and eyes set with rubies, could fetch £4,000.

Amongst the more unusual items in the 167 lot Jewellery Through the Ages auction is a historically important handmade Navajo Indian squash blossom turquoise necklace, that is estimated to fetch £1,000 to £2,000.

Hailing from the Kangxi Period in the Qing Dynasty, a rich copper-red Lanyao glazed bottle vase could fetch £2,500 in the Travelling The Silk Road: Asian Works of Art Auction. The 300 year old, 20.3 cm high piece comes complete with verification wax seal.


In addition, a rare 18th Century Chinese Qianlong Ge Ware bowl on French gilt mounts has an estimate of £800 to £1,200, while no less than 21 pristine Persian rugs will also feature in the sale. Varying in size and design, these sought after pieces have estimate ranging from a few hundred pounds to over £1,000.

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