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Diamonds are Forever (Selling at Auction)!

Rachel Littlewood reviews the Summer 2013 Fine Sale held in Exeter on 3rd/4th July 2013 that saw the diamond jewellery in the auction achieve some dazzling results, proving that Diamonds are Forever (selling at auction)!

The top lot in the Jewellery auction of the Summer Fine Sale was this beautiful single stone diamond ring that
        relaised £20,200 (FS19/167a).

The top lot in the Jewellery auction of the Summer Fine Sale was this beautiful single stone diamond ring that relaised £20,200 (FS19/167a).

The quarterly fine sale held on 3rd/4th July 2013 (FS19) provided, as always, a few surprises...

Top of the lots within the jewellery section of the sale was a beautiful single stone diamond ring (FS19/167A) with a cushion shaped old brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 4.5cts, which sold for £20,200.

The Boucheron sapphire and diamond cluster ring in the jewellery auction realised £3,600 (FS19/168).

The Boucheron sapphire and diamond cluster ring in the jewellery auction realised £3,600 (FS19/168).

Another jewellery highlight included a Boucheron sapphire and diamond cluster ring (FS19/168), inscribed and stamped Boucheron, which sold for £3,600.

The paintings by artist Heywood Hardy (1842-1933) attracted a lot of interest and some intense bidding with 'The Cup that Cheers' realising 
        a staggering £18,000 (FS19/231).

The paintings by artist Heywood Hardy (1842-1933) attracted a lot of interest and some intense bidding with 'The Cup that Cheers' realising a staggering £18,000 (FS19/231).

The two Heywood Hardy (1842-1933) paintings proved this artist is ever popular. The first, entitled The Cup that Cheers (FS19/231) sold for a staggering £18,000, whilst the second of the two entitled The County Smithy (FS19/232) was also fiercely fought over succumbing to a bid of £8,000.

There was fierce Internet and telephone bidding for this Chinese porcelain armorial plate, which sold for £8,100 (FS19/378).

There was fierce Internet and telephone bidding for this Chinese porcelain armorial plate, which sold for £8,100 (FS19/378).

The ceramics section of the auction also caused a stir with a Chinese porcelain armorial dish (FS19/378) produced for the Portuguese market creating a lot of interest. With Internet bidders and telephone bidders all vying for the same lot, it finally went under the hammer for £8,100.

The unusual Martin Brothers salt-glazed stoneware double-side barrister jug fetched £6,800 at auction (FS19/431).

The unusual Martin Brothers salt-glazed stoneware double-side barrister jug fetched £6,800 at auction (FS19/431).

Also within the ceramics section, an unusual Martin Brothers salt-glazed stoneware double-side barrister jug (FS19/431) sold for £6,800.

Other highlights included a Victorian Boulle cased chiming bracket clock (FS19/704), which realised £6,500; a pair of Imperial Russian (St Petersburg) porcelain plates from the Kremlin service (FS19/454) sold for £5,500; and a bronze equestrian figure of a Russian trumpeter cast after the model by Evgenii Alexandrovich Lanceray sold for £5,400.

Entries are currently being invited for the next quarterly Fine Sale which will be held on 23rd/24th October 2013 (FS20).

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