Fellows puts on the glitz with new auction genre

Fellows & Sons has announced the launch of exclusive costume and boutique style jewellery auctions.

The auctioneers and valuers is hosting the first of the dedicated sales on Monday 10 September 2007, featuring a wide range of items such as Victorian jet, mourning jewellery, glass beads, enamel and fashion compacts.

Fellows says the auctions provide a marketplace for national and regional charities to raise funds from items of costume jewellery they’ve had brought into shops and donated by members of the public.

Stephen Whittaker, managing partner at Fellows, said: “We see such a broad spectrum of antique and modern jewellery come through our doors and are excited to introduce more specialised sales to enable all collectors and jewellery enthusiasts to easily identify the items they are looking for, also with the option of buying online.”

Katie Slovak, valuer at Fellows, added: “This auction will be the first of its kind for Fellows and will take place every three months, offering buyers the opportunity to bid for individual, beautiful costume pieces, affordable collectables and bags containing items such as white and coloured paste costume jewellery, beads and trinkets. The sales will also feature chunky fashionable pieces by influential designers including Georg Jensen and Theodore Fahrner.”

Paste has been used in costume jewellery for centuries but it became particularly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, when developments in manufacture meant it was an attractive and affordable alternative to precious gems. Items in the September sale include an 18th century foiled back green paste bracelet, estimate £200 -£300.

Other lots include an agate and hair mourning heart shaped padlock, estimate £50 – £80, mid to late 19th Century Austro-Hungarian Renaissance style pendant, estimate £300 – £400 and a Victorian celluloid brooch and earrings, £30 – £50.