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Ticking the right sale boxes

Market fresh? Single owner? Original condition? Clocks follow winning formula

Confirmation of market tastes in horology could be gleaned from major spring sales in the provinces.

The one dedicated sale was the first of the year which Leighton Gillibrand put together at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury (24% buyer’s premium).

After the March 28 sale at Donnington Priory, where 92% of the 157 lots got away to a hammer £223,000, his verdict was: “Fresh-to-market, single-owner collections of rare instruments in original condition are in high demand.”

True of antiques generally, the unspoken corollary is that material not meeting those criteria is facing a tough market.

The best, by a distance – and meriting one of Gillibrand’s scholarly 2500-word monographs in the catalogue – was a c.1660 spring pendulum timepiece engraved to the 7 x 6¾in (18 x 17cm) gilt brass dial Edward East, Londini.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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