December 2013
Campbells completed their sales calendar for 2013 with an auction that was dominated by two stars; a fine bracket clock and a significant private consignment of Victorian jewellery.

The clock had it all - admirable condition, an handsome and well-known form and above-all, a top maker.  This was the work of the eminent Justin Vulliamy who had workshops and showrooms in Pall Mall during the middle years of the eighteenth century.  Vulliamy was of Swiss descent and was personally known to King George III.  Whilst on view prior to the auction, collectors loved it's small size, (11 inches high) and a debate as to the originality of the verge escapement only served to magnify it's appeal.  As bidding was opened, and with expectations not exceeding £5,000, the pre-sale interest swiftly became apparent.  When all-told, the hammer went down at £17,000, selling to a private collector.

The Victorian jewellery collection was not characterised by large diamonds and heavy gold but by interesting and uncommon creations.  Unseen for years and a little dirty and dusty (something that always helps!) the entirety brought around £18,000.  There were fine seed-pearl necklace sets, one of which made £1,000, black opals, there was ivory, Georgian cut-steel, jades, Scottish gemstones, amber and jet;  this really was a broad and well-selected collection.

A French carriage clock by Leroy et Fils bas bid to £850.  Still with its original case and key, the clock was in good working order.

A pair of ormolu candlesticks brought an impressive £350, an eighteenth century religious oil painting on canvas, 'The Resurrection' made £420 and two oils of hunting dogs were bid jointly to £660.