Category: Dispatches from the saleroom

Hotlotz Items - Reimagined

Sometimes it can be hard to visualise where a piece that you buy at auction will fit in your home. Not for Mel and his wife Harriet, who live in a stunning townhouse amidst a delicious jumble of antiques juxtaposed with modern pieces and...pieces bought at auction right here in Singapore, from yours truly no less.

Follow us on a whistle-stop tour, to see how artistic and talented Mel spots pieces at auction, what's his knack, what pieces catch his eye. See them re-imagined inside the 'living gallery' they call home, working hard and living their best (second) life possible.

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Art for All

instagram format (4).png In our quarterly Fine Art sale - the catalogue is out now - we really do have something for everyone. Whilst this auction may be lead by the recognised masters Le Pho, Raza, Souza and Chen Wen Hsi, (and we don't use the word 'masters' lightly - we mean it!) all with excellent provenance:

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(Highly-collectable, this Chen Wen Hsi painting of gibbons came stright out of the private collection of David Marshall, Singapore's First Chief Minister; the Le Pho, below, still has the original Paris gallery's exhibition sticker to its reverse, where it was bought from.)

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...it also showcases an array of...

Sell Out Success

Untitled design (24).png All the jewellery from our Jewellery & Watches auction - that closed on Sunday - was 100% sold. Find out here which lot was the most bid on...and which lot sold at 240% over its high estimate (clue: it's the same item). Bidders from around the world competed for a large number of lots, but we also had a great deal of Singapore-based winners. Here are the facts and figures from Sunday’s success story:

  • Proportion Sold: 86%
  • Average Hammer Price: $3,043.56
  • Total Hammer Price: $453,490
  • Average Bids per Lot: 24
  • Proportion Sold Above High Estimate: 53%

Top 5 Lots:

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  1. Lot 62: A 38 CARAT EMERALD SING...

Kick Start your Gallery Wall

A gallery wall (or salon wall) is loosely defined as a collection of artwork, usually framed, and hung in a grouping. We're big fans and have embraced the 'more is more' aesthetic with gusto. Whilst personal treasures or photographs work too of course, nothing holds the gaze more than a delicious jumble of oils, frames, styles and colours. The tricky part is finding the right pieces.

Well, the good news is that we've done the hard work for you, and have a veritable rogue's gallery already assembled for anyone who wants to kick start their very own a gallery wall - without the sourcing nightma...

A Timely Investment: Watches

The pandemic may have caused havoc, but watches and jewellery are still clocking demand [I hereby PROMISE to resist the urge to fill this blog post with any more awful puns]. It is interesting though, as with people spending more time at home, buying patterns have changed - and demand for rare and vintage timepieces has actually increased. Afterall, time is the most valuable of all assets, having something beautiful to measure it by now carries more significance than ever.

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People have always been interested in watches, that much is true, but learning about watches - about what makes a good w...

Glamour without Costing the Earth

With more and more companies now leaning towards lab-grown diamonds over the real deal, part of the joy of buying antique jewellery at auction is that you know you are not contributing to this:

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The Mir Mine in Russia

Also called the Mirny mine, this is an open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Sakha Republic, in the Siberian region of eastern Russia. The mine is more than 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep (4th in the world), has a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft), and is one of the largest excavated holes in the world. Opened: 1957 Closed: 2004*

  • The mine was recommissioned in 2009, and is expected t...

Peranakan Heritage Items Fetch Record Values

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Usually gracing the halls of a museum rather than the saleroom of an auction house: a good portion of yesterday’s sale (91% sold) included the untouched contents of a Peranakan shophouse at 20 Blair Road. Lot 37 – a group of Peranakan beaded shoes along with a box of precious embroidery that included a ceremonial handkerchief used for weddings – climbed to nail-biting $20,000 SGD on the night of the sale.

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Lot 2 was also of note – selling for $24,000 SGD and attracting fierce bidding – a very good example of a Peranakan carved and parcel gilt side cabinet, which also came out of the Blair Ro...