Burstow & Hewett's Remarkable 2023: A Year in Review

12th December 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023, Burstow & Hewett, the Battle auction house, can proudly reflect on a year filled with remarkable achievements, exceptional pieces, and moments of excitement in the world of auctioneering. The past twelve months have witnessed the gavel fall on some truly extraordinary items, each telling its own unique story. This year saw us sell 34,291 lots! Join us as we revisit the highlights of 2023, a year that saw some truly fascinating objects pass through our saleroom. 

Cartier Dress Clips
Cartier Dress Clips make £19,000 at auction

Watches, Jewellery & Silver 2023 Highlights

Our monthly Watches, Jewellery & Silver auction are ever increasingly becoming our most successful sales. This year we were lucky enough to see so many spectacular pieces come through our saleroom including a pair of CARTIER Art Deco Dress Clips each set featured graduated round brilliant baguette and square-cut diamonds with a total diamond content of 5.0ct. The pair dazzled the bidders and collectors alike and they sold for £19,000 when the hammer came down.

It was a year of great achievements for our in-house gemmologist Will Ellin too! As he graduated from The Gemmological Association of Great Britain giving him a Fellowship with the association (and a few more letters after his name!). Well done Will Ellin FDA DGA!

Take a look below at some more hammer highlights from our Watches, Jewellery & Silver auctions including a PATEK PHILIPPE 18ct white gold lady's wristwatch that sold for £8,000 in our November auction.


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An Indo-Portuguese cabinet on stand sold for £8,500

Fine Sale 2023 Highlights

Our curated monthly Fine Sale sees such a wide range of rare collectable items, we never know what we're going to come across! An item that particularly stands out from a fantastic year are a pair of Australian Aboriginal Beanwood Shields that came into our Abbey Auction Gallery in October. These Australian Aboriginal shields come in many different forms depending on the tribe that made them and their function. The particular pair that arrived at Burstow & Hewett auction rooms were made from Bean-wood and came from the Central Desert Region, one of them featured an abstract design. The rare pair certainly caught the eyes of collectors and the bidding ended at ending up fetching £8,680 (inc fees).

Another corker (no pun intended) from the same auction was the 1842 Robert Jones & Son corkscrew. This second patent barrel-type corkscrew is a collector's dream, and is thought of as the 'holy grail' for collectors. Helixophiles (the name for someone who collects corkscrews) from far and wide vied for the opportunity to own this exceptional piece of history, which eventually sold for an impressive £6,200 (inc fees)

In July we auctioned some of the spectacular contents of The Armoury in Winchelsea. This sale featured some truly beautiful items of rare furniture and collectables including an An Indo-Portuguese cabinet on stand which made a final hammer price of £8,500.


Take a look at some of the other Fine Sale highlights from the year:

Fine Art 2023 Highlights

We have hundreds of paintings travel through our salerooms every month, below are some of our highlights from this year including an original portrait of Christopher Robin which was attributed to Dame Ethel Walker and fetched an fantastic result of £3,400 at auction.

Homes & Interiors 2023 Highlights

By far the most astounding lot in our Homes & Interiors auction this year was a rare Chinese Dragon Court Robe which surpassed everyone's expectations when it went under the hammer and made £10,000! What an amazing result!

Check out some of the other interesting lots that we've had come through the Granary Saleroom doors below:

20th Century Design 2023 Highlights

Our bi-monthly 20th Century Design auction always feature a stylish array of classic mid-century design. From furniture to studio pottery there's always something to jazz up your interiors. A few of the hammer highlights are below including a Mark Brazier-Jones convex Zodiac Mirror and Rosewood Dining chairs.

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