Collectors love a little luxury and there was plenty on offer in Lawrences’ recent auctions of jewellery and ceramics.

A busy day of 700 lots began with keen bidding on mixed lots of jewellery and very competitive interest in the gold lots on offer.

Very little was unsold and there was strong representation from absent bidders who were participating via the internet.

A heavily-laden charm bracelet festooned with gold coins of British and Continental origin made £4180,  a handsome Rolex `Automatic Royal Oak` wristwatch made £3220; and a string of 101 graduated natural pearls on a diamond clasp made £2740.

Amongst some strong prices for porcelain, top honours included £1430 for a Chamberlain Worcester `ornithological` chocolate cup and cover on stand; £4180 for a Sevres tea cup and saucer from 1761; £5130 for a Sevres coffee can and saucer from 1763; and £9080 for a rare St Petersburg coffee cup, cover and saucer.

A sensuous and delicately painted Berlin plaque of `Psyche at the Sea` after a design by Wilhelm Kray particularly appealed to those seeking quality, elegance and fine craftsmanship and it was bought for a sale-topping £10,630.

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