Auction News

Interesting saleroom information and antiques industry news

We will often post interesting details on forthcoming auctions and lots below.

You can also Register your Interest using the form to the right to receive a copy of our latest catalogue.

BBC Antiques Road Trip arrives in Watlington

Wednesday, 11th May 2011

If you want to get yourself on-screen and have your moment of TV fame we would suggest that you arrive early to our July sale!

Antiques Road Trip comes to Jones and Jacob

For those of you who are familiar with the BBC's wonderful Antiques Road Trip programme we are pleased to advise you that filming will be taking place for a forthcoming episode of this popular TV series in our saleroom, during our next sale day on Wednesday, 6th July, for expected broadcast later in the Autumn/Winter schedule.

For those new to the concept - a pair of celebrity antiques experts go head-to-head, equipped with a small budget and vintage transportation. They travel to auction, purchasing antiques in shops along the way, before trying to grow their kitty by selling their buys for a profit at the end of each leg of the journey.

This episode will feature celebrity antiques experts Paul Laidlaw and Thomas Plant (who also feature on the BBC's Bargain Hunt series). They will be shopping for antiques in the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes areas prior to arriving to sell their items at Jones and Jacob's saleroom on Wednesday, 6th July.

Rare Selection of Russian Clerical Lots

Wednesday, 29th June 2011

Most rare and interesting clerical lots in our forthcoming July sale include an assortment of Bishops Vestments from the Russian Orthodox church. Comprising a selection of lots of vestments in rich colour tones constructed of heavy brocade, velvet and embroideries with estimates of 60-80. Also on offer are a small selection of 19th Century icons set in silver and depicting a cleric or saint with higher estimates of 600- 800.

Russian Orthodox Bishops Vestments

In the Orthodox Church, any member of the clergy, of whatever rank, will wear liturgical vestments when serving his particular function during the Divine Liturgy or other service. Various church vestments serve several different functions, fopr example - the three forms of stole (Orarion, Epitrachelion, and Omophorion) are marks of rank, the three outer garments or clergy vestments (Sticharion, Phelonion, and Sakkos) serve to distinguish the clergy from the laity. Some are practical (Zone and Epimanikia), holding the other clergy vestments in place. Some (Nabedrennik and Epigonation) are awards of distinction. In addition to these functions, most clergy vestments carry a symbolic meaning as well.

Vintage wear - Hermes, Chanel, Gucci, Liberty, Jaeger

Tuesday, 28th June 2011

A selection of high-end label vintage silk scarves have been entered into our July auction. Made up of 13 multiple lots of luxury neckwear from some of the top European fashion houses - Chanel, Hermes, Christian Dior, Yves St. Laurent - they are part of a collection of almost 100 silk scarves, some dating back to the 1930's and 40's. Featuring a range of designs - from animals and birds to geometric, abstract and foliate patterns - this large collection had been donated to charity by an anonymous benefactor.

Selection of vintage Hermes scarves

In various conditions, the scarves are beautifully soft and smooth with a natural sheen that brings the colours and designs to life. Available in a huge range of patterns and colours, these would make lovely gifts or add to an enthusiasts collection of vintage fashion from a bygone era. Estimates begin from as little as 30-40 for multiple lots to an expected 150-200 for the most luxurious examples.

New online Auction Catalogues

Wednesday, 11th May 2011

Following a difficult time last year when we were let down by the Supplier of our online Auction Catalogue software, many of our website visitors will be glad to see that we have recently moved across to a more reliable partner and catalogues are now available to view online once more.

Our new software provider, Pacts, now supply us with the software to run the complete auction process, from cataloguing and displaying lots online, right through to managing each individual auction items sale, invoice and payment. It has taken some time for us to fully migrate from one software supplier to another, so we thank you for bearing with us throughout this period and apologise if it caused any of our buyers or sellers any inconvenience.

Antique goes Modern!

Wednesday, 15th December 2010

You will be pleased to see that we have made some substantial changes and improvements to our presence on the Worldwide Web, with our new website launched this month, which has been designed and developed by our Web Agency Nu Media Solutions.

Take a look around - you will find that we have added more information on our auction sales, auction services and antiques valuation service. Plus you will find it easier to locate our terms of sale for buyers and sellers, and our saleroom - with directions from Google Maps!

Major improvements have been adding an online form to submit item details for probate and insurance valuations, and not forgetting our simple Registration form (found on the right-side of all pages) which we will follow up with in the New Year with emails notifying you of sale details and lots of interest to you. So don't forget to register today if you want to be the first to hear about exciting sale news in 2011!

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