The sale brought a combined total of £1,363,000 led by an auction record for a gold ‘Morgan caliper’ watch by Charles Frodsham at £296,750. An auction record was also set for William Anthony when a magnificent and very rare gold, enamel, split-pearl and diamond watch fetched £212,500. Three timepieces by Thomas Tompion himself, who was the greatest influencer of Britain’s horological supremacy, totalled a combined £241,250.
The sale was the third instalment of the landmark “Celebration of the English Watch” series, featuring the most important collection of English watches in private hands, thus providing a snapshot of British history. Part III continued the success of the first two parts, which set a series of records for a number of antique watches and watchmakers. The fourth and last part in the sale series will take place in July 2017 and is dedicated to the oeuvre of 20th-century innovator, George Daniels.
We are delighted to announce The Celebration of the English Watch Part III: The Genius of Thomas Tompion. As ever, Part III features a carefully curated selection of the finest English Watches produced by the most renowned makers through the 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Focussing on the great Thomas Tompion this sale explores his achievements in timekeeping while also celebrating the creations of his students and peers including the likes of George Graham and Daniel Quare.