Arts & Culture

Objects of Desire is delighted to offer for sale two items of formal dress wear.


Vacheron and Constantin Pocket Watch and Garrards Art Deco Cufflinks and Buttons Set


There are few items that a gentleman can wear to discreetly show his style but an ultra slim gold pocket watch and

cufflinks with matching dress shirt buttons are all that is needed to reflect this and the elegance of the occasion.


The pocket watch is by Vacheron and Constantin, the oldest watch makers in the world, established in 1755.  The ultra slim case is 18 carat yellow gold with an 18 jewel manual wind movement, the silvered dial with elegant poker hands and subsidiary seconds dial.  The pocket watch is displayed within its original burgundy leather presentation case.


Diameter: 48 mm


These ultra slim pocket watches are rarely seen on the open market but there is one that we have found – please click HERE to view.


Objects of Desire is pleased to offer our Vacheron & Constantin Pocket Watch at a competitive price of £5,500.


Vacheron and Constantin Ultra Slim 18 carat gold Pocket Watch


Vacheron and Constantin 18 ct Gold Ultra Slim Pocket Watch


Back O Vacheron and Constantin Ultra Slim Pocket Watch



Movement of Vacheron and Constantin Ultra Slim Pocket Watch


Interior of presentation case for Vacheron and Constantin Ultra Slim Pocket Watch


Base of presentation case for Vacheron and Constantin Pocket Watch



Presentation Case for Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch


The perfect complement for a formal occasion to an ultra slim pocket watch is the English, Art Deco, 18 carat gold, diamond and mother of pearl cufflinks with four matching dress buttons and two studs.  All presented in their original red leather and gold tooled case with Garrards Co Ltd, Goldsmiths and Crown Jewellers to H.M. The Queen printed in gold on the inside of the white silk covered lid.


Art Deco Diamond and Mother of Pearl Cufflinks Buttons and Collar Studs Set by Garrards


Back view of Art Deco Diamond and Mother of Pearl Dress Set by Garrards


Silk Lining of presentation box for Art Deco Dress Set by Garrards


Presentation box for Art Deco Diamond and Mother of Pearl Dress Set by Garrards

The case is in perfect order.

N.B. The original shirt button fixing loops are not gold


Price: £2,250


Of course these items can be purchased separately but if they were to be sold as the perfect evening wear set then we would accept £7,000.

N.B. There are two similar sets for sale which we have found but neither are by the well renowned jewellers, Garrards Co Ltd., and are therefore not of equal quality.  These sets are priced between £2,164 and £2,213.49 so we believe that £2,250 is a very fair asking price for this superior set, retailed by the Goldsmiths and Crown Jewellers to H.M. The Queen.


Please contact Chrissy Jarman for more information




Chrissy Jarman Features Editor of The Vintage Magazine


Chrissy studied at Southampton University where she gained a degree in Fine Art Valuation and worked for 16 years at Gerald Marsh Antique Clocks in Winchester, now known as Carter Marsh.


Following her departure from Carter Marsh she has been instrumental in the launch of The Vintage Magazine and the design of its website.  As well as being a contributing author she is the Features Editor of the magazine with special responsibility for Arts and Culture.










Carly Paoli with Chelsea Pensioners of Royal Hospital Chelsea


The Vintage Magazine is delighted to report on a special performance by Carly Paoli for the Chelsea Pensioners at Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Carly Paoli, the rising star of the classical music world, performed a special concert for the Chelsea Pensioners on Friday 26th January 2018. The private performance, which took place in the Pensioners’ Club at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, was a special preview of Carly’s forthcoming concert at Cadogan Hall on 15th February 2018.

“I often see the Pensioners out and about in Chelsea and wanted to invite them to my concert at Cadogan Hall in February. When I realised that, for some, it might be too difficult for mobility reasons I suggested taking the concert to them” said Carly. “It was a thrill and honour to perform for so many of the Pensioners, and to thank them for the contribution and sacrifice they have made for their country.”

 Carly Paoli signing for the Chelsea Pensioners at Royal Hospital


The acclaimed English singer – who can count Pope Francis and Prince Charles amongst her fans and who has sung, several times, with both Andrea Bocelli and José Carreras – performed a selection of familiar and iconic songs, including ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’, ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, as well as songs from her celebrated album ‘Singing My Dreams’.

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Very Large Ceiling Mobile By Manuel Marin 5 metres by 3 metres

Hanging Mobile by Manuel Marin measuring an impressive 5 metres x 2.5 metres

Manuel Marin Mobiles have been setting record prices at Auction, as demand continues to increase for the work of this iconic Spanish Sculptor,

Most  hanging mobiles by Manuel Marin Mobile measure between 1 metre and 1.5 metres, but an exceptionally large one is for sale through Objects of Desire in association with The Vintage Magazine. This magnificent example of Manuel Marin’s mobiles measures an impressive 5 metres by 2.5 metres.

This represents a unique opportunity to acquire a most stunning piece of mobile sculpture by Manuel Marin.

Price: £35,000


Here are examples of pieces sold at Auction at Christies South Kensington, London in 2016 and 2017 which clearly indicate the increase in interest in Manuel Marin mobiles represented by the actual prices achieved against the estimated values.

Interiors Sale, lot 492 on 23rd November 2016  – a Ceiling Mobile measuring 76.3 cms x 152.4 cms was estimated to achieve £2,000-£3,000 but realised £15,000

Interiors Sale, lot 267 on 12th April 2016  – a Ceiling Mobile measuring 99 cms x 128.3 cms was estimated to achieve £2,000-£3,000 but realised £7,500

Interiors Sale, lot 279 on 19th July 2017  – a Ceiling Mobile measuring 109.3 cms x 132.2 cms was estimated to achieve £3,000-£5,000 but realised £10,625

Interiors Sale, lot 280 on 19th July 2017  – a Stabile (Floor Standing) Mobile measuring 47 cms x 99 cms was estimated to achieve £2,000-£4,000 but realised £12,500

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Wick Antiques Logo

Established in 1981 by Charles Wallrock. Previous suppliers of Harrods for over 22 years.

Not so Boring Brown!


Wick Antiques Ebony Amboyna Stained Boxwood and Burr Walnut Occasional Table by John C J Atkins London

Detail: An ebony, amboyna, stained boxwood and burr walnut occasional table,
John C J Atkins, Regent St, London, c1850. £2,450

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It is generally acknowledged that some of the very finest Chess Sets ever made, were those made by Jaques of London and of these, the ‘crème de la crème’, and therefore very rare, are the Deluxe Club Chess sets containing a set of Staunton Ivory Chessmen.  In fact we can confidently state that to the best of our knowledge there is not another one of the same quality for sale anywhere in the world at present.  Our assessment of its rarity and value is supported by the Certificate of Authenticity issued by Joe Jaques, of Jaques of London (see this certificate, reproduced at the end of this presentation)

According to an advertisement in the Illustrated London News dated September 8, 1849, the first Jaques Staunton pattern sets were available in the finest African ivory (5 guineas)”. We can date this set to circa 1852 so it is a rare survivor and in excellent condition, considering its age.

Spanish Mahogany Brass Bound edges chess Staunton set box by J. Jaques of London
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Objects of Desire and The Vintage Magazine are delighted to be working closely with Alastair Dickenson who is best-known for his appearances as the Silver expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.  Alastair has created a superb collection of forty five original silver objects associated with the sports of hunting, shooting, fishing and polo.

Over several decades of dealing in Antique Silver he has often had enquiries about silver relating to outdoor pursuits.  For this reason he has produced a book based on hunting, shooting and fishing but have included a small collection of items connected to other outdoor activities.  These include finely modelled animals and birds that would make ideal presents but every piece in this collection has been chosen for its rarity and quality

See a selection of these superb pieces below and please contact us at
or for a catalogue and price list to see the complete collection and arrange to view the pieces.

Alternatively please telephone  00 44 1962 771336

Pieces range from £275 to £18,500, and would make wonderful Christmas presents.

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Objects of Desire Platinum Breguet Watch Vizagapatam Chess Set Elizabethan Tigerware Jug Georgian Silver Wine Cooler Baetens Timepiece

Objects of Desire’ has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary as an independent broker of fine art and antiques, including antique clocks and vintage watches.  We are delighted to be offering the following items which may solve that old problem of what to buy for the person who has everything:-.

A rare Platinum watch with ‘Tourbillon’, by Breguet – SOLD

A Vizagapatam Ivory and Horn Chess and Backgammon Set SOLD

A rare 18th century Table Wine Cooler in solid silver

A very rare Elizabethan ‘Tigerware’ Jug Circa 1580 – SOLD

A superb and rare Victorian cast silver gilt Stirrup Cup circa 1871

A Regency Ormolu and Patinated Bronze Mantel Clock by F. Baetens

We will be pleased to show these items to you by arrangement and to answer any questions you may have about their origins, condition and provenance.  Please contact Robert Jarman on

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The trend for “cross-collecting” (see my previous piece on Masterpiece) continues unabated, and as should be expected of the talented crew at Frieze, the Frieze Masters fair gives us a masterclass. For those interested in tracking differences between art fairs, Frieze Masters selection is across history, but in the main limited to paintings and works of art and excluding furniture and jewellery. Of course go far enough back and the differences between art and antiques starts to blur.

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