BIRMINGHAM, UK – A fascinating mid-19th century colonial Australian 18K gold and seed pearl brooch is up for auction at Fellows in Birmingham. The alluring piece, depicting a kangaroo and emu among foliage, is a perfect representation of historic Australian jewelry and has an estimate of £1,500-£2,000 in Fellows’ Fine Jewelry sale, taking place on Thursday, Jan. 30. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Australian jewelry of the 19th and 20th century has become increasingly popular at auction in recent years.
Naturalistic jewelry was created in a variety of styles by skilled goldsmiths who incorporated beautiful depictions which are symbolic of Australia.
Flowers and animals were popular designs, and the origin of the pieces is perfectly represented by their instantly recognizable stunning gold surround.
This particular 18K gold example has a length of 2.9cms and weighs 4.2gms.
In January 2019, Fellows sold a similar brooch for just under £10,000 (£9,314.80 including fees). Last year’s brooch sold for over 10 times its estimate, which is an example of how popular historic Australian brooches currently are at auction.
The brooch going under the hammer on Jan. 30 is one of many highlights in what is set to be a popular first flagship auction of the year for Fellows.