Past Sales

This page has been created to mark the first 50 years of J. B. Hawkins Antiques, the  business I opened on my arrival in  Australia in 1967. I list 100 important items  that have passed through my hands into various Public and Private Collections around the world and I thank all those who have made the dream come true.

  • All
  • Art
  • Australian Silver
  • Australiana
  • Clocks and Watches
  • English & European Silver
  • English Furniture
  • Faberge
  • Furniture
  • Gold Boxes
  • Jewellery
  • Porcelain & Pottery
  • Various

The Kildare/Leinster Service by George Wickes, London 1745

The only virtually complete English dinner service of this period. Sold to H.E. Mahdi al Tajir in 1978 on behalf of Jacques Koopman after his …

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The Hopetoun Wine Fountain and Cistern by William Lukin, London 1707

Sold to Kerry Packer in 1979. Repurchased and sold to Axel Vervoordt in Belgium and now on long term loan to the V&A by the …

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The Duchess of Norfolk’s Toilet Service by Benjamin Pyne, London 1708

The Export Licence application approved after the sale from my stand at Olympia in 2012. https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/norfolk_toilet_service_ea_statement.pdf Originally purchased with Jacques Koopman from a family bank …

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A Collection of Five Hump Back Carriage Clocks by James Ferguson Cole, Thomas Cole and Jump

Purchased by J. B. Hawkins Antiques in 1999 for £750,000  

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The Baugrand Countess of Dudley Clock

After the Bowes Museum failed to raise funds the export was allowed, see Export Licence application details below: ‘A gold, silver-gilt, lapis-lazuli and enamel clock …

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Breguet Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar Pendule de Voyage

Sold to John Altman, Melbourne 1976. Repurchased and sold to John Allen, Canada 1986. Repurchased and sold Bobinet 1993. Purchased from Patric Capon and sold …

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The Marcus Purman portable timekeeper, dated 1598

With original sundial and case, formerly in the collection of Sir Thomas Vyner goldsmith and Lord Mayor of London in 1653. Purchased by J. B. …

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The year going Royal Equation Regulator by Joseph Finney

From the George III Private Observatory at Kew. Purchased from R. A. Lee, 1976 for £10,000. Sold back to R A Lee for £20,000. Re-purchased …

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The Cook 1st Voyage Transit of Venus, Journeyman Clock by John Shelton

The only remaining instrument still in private hands.  

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The Kingwood Graham

Purchased by J B Hawkins Antiques for £20,000 in 1975. Sold to Anthony Woodburn in 1982 to pay for new drains at ‘Whitley’ together with …

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The Grande Sonnerie pre-numbered silver mounted Tompion double dial bracket clock

Probably the first of the Charles II series of grande-sonnerie clocks. Purchased by J. B. Hawkins from Terence Cuss in 1982. Sold to Kerry Packer …

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The Arnold Poket Timekeeper

For further information please see my article, published in the Australiana Society Journal, November 2014, Vol 36, No. 4. ‘A Poket Time Keeper’ puts the …

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Faberge Portrait of ‘Custer’ a Romanov French Bulldog, circa 1908

For further information please view articles below: Introduction French Bulldogs, Faberge and the Romanov Family Murder & Mayhem    

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The Faberge Nephrite Gueridon

Purchased from Wartski by J. B. Hawkins Antiques in 1981 – £25,000 Sold to Kerry Packer and repurchased 1988 – £125,000 Sold to Koopman Rare …

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A Faberge Hardstone figure of John Bull

Purchased J.B. Hawkins Antiques, Clore Sale, Christie’s Geneva 1985, featured on the cover of the catalogue. Sold to Kerry Packer Repurchased and sold to Rare …

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The 1903 Kelch Bonbonniere Faberge Egg

With original surprise, gold stand and case. Purchased Christie’s  New York, 1990, by negotiation after the sale for US$1.1 million and now in the Packer …

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The Clancarty (Master of the Royal Mint) Gold Box, a gift from George IV, London 1821, James Strachan.

The last example of this model made a little over £500,000 and there is an identical box in the Royal Collection.

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A Papal workshop gold mounted micro mosaic snuff box by Strachan 1807

Joanes Wenceslaus Peter was a famous animal painter, born in Karlsbad in 1745, he moved to Rome in 1774 where he died in 1829. On …

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The Dundas/Aberdeen/Morriset gold, diamond and enamel freedom box London 1793

Probably the finest English enamelled box of the period and oval to boot.

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The finest known pair of Imperial China Trade views of the Summer Palace Peking

Pair of Chinese Export Gouaches depicting ‘The Emperor of China and his Court’ and ‘The Gardens and Pavilions of the Empress of China’ CHINESE EXPORT, …

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Hilda Rix Nicholas, Une Australienne now in the National Gallery Canberra

An important portrait by Hilda Rix Nicholas of her fellow Australian, travelling companion and friend, Dorothy Richmond painted in Paris in 1925 and exhibited at …

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The Kenneth Stewart Collection of Conrad Martens

This was one of the largest collections of works by the great 19th century artist Conrad Martens, it was displayed at the Art Gallery of …

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The First View of Sydney now in the Art Gallery of South Australia

This painting is possibly the earliest and quite definitely the best colonial oil painting of Sydney. Attributed to the Scottish convict artist, Thomas Watling, it …

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The Frog Bracelet, a Queensland gold mounted opal bracelet 

The design and construction of this extremely rare and highly important seven opal bracelet in colonial gold suggests a date of manufacture after 1880, after …

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