Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Rare mezzotint of 18th century native American chief who visited London takes nearly 10-times estimate

05 March 2024

Rare prints from a remarkable collection deaccessioned from a library in Massachusetts starred in a Boston auction.

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Lawrence portraits from New York industrialist come for sale in US

04 March 2024

Portraits by the English virtuoso painter Sir Thomas Lawrence owned by an upstate New York family since the 1920s lead our selection of five lots to buy in the US.

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Rediscovered George II period table takes 100-times estimate at Berkshire auction

04 March 2024

A timed online auction at Thimbleby & Shorland of Reading included this fine quality Kentian console table that had come from a probate sale in London.

Alma-Tadema-designed bracelet

Snake armlet designed by Alma-Tadema slithers for sale

04 March 2024

This gem-set gold snake armlet, a gift from the celebrated Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) to his second wife Laura Epps (1852-1909), will take centre stage on the stand of London jeweller Wartski at TEFAF Maastricht.

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Pick of the week: Poster promoting global baseball tour pitches up at a record price

04 March 2024

Discovered by a small auction house in Ohio, a baseball poster described as ‘the finest known’ has sold at auction for a record $200,000/£158,000 ($240,000 including premium).

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Chair prices propelled higher thanks to Picasso

04 March 2024

A Parisian sale titled Pablo Picasso and his Friends staged at Piasa in France on February 15 included a series of artworks to which the great man had contributed in some way.

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A Regency table from the collection of TV star Drew Pritchard is among five lots to watch

04 March 2024

With estimates from £100, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Bangle by architect turned designer Zaha Hadid builds interest

04 March 2024

Among the most eagerly contested lots at a west London saleroom was a Georg Jensen silver bangle from the Lamellae collection designed by the architect-turned-designer Zaha Hadid.

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Omega watches by Andrew Grima are bang on time

04 March 2024

At the peak of his fame, the Anglo-Italian jewellery designer Andrew Grima was invited by Omega to create what would become the About Time collection.

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Auctions and dealer shows aplenty at Asia Week New York

04 March 2024

Fifteeth year of the New York event involves 28 dealers and 12 salerooms taking part

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Art Deco-era vanity cases highly sought by contemporary collectors

04 March 2024

Legend has it that Charles Arpels (of Van Cleef & Arpels fame) saw a lady friend stashing her lipstick and other cosmetics in an ordinary cigarette tin for a trip out on the town.

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De Medici letter reveals Pope appointment plot

04 March 2024

This single-sheet letter was written by Catherine de Medici (1519-89) to the ambassador to Spain.

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Brooches concealing watches make striking auction prices

04 March 2024

Two fine Art Deco jewelled pendant brooches featuring miniature fob watches achieved strong results at Bonhams’ (28% buyer’s premium) London Jewels sale.

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Map gives a one-sided religious global view

04 March 2024

John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Paintings sale in Fernhurst on February 20 included a good example of The Pictorial Missionary Map of the World - a rarity that appears at auction perhaps once in every decade.

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Memorabilia from a famous 1913 show in US is now highly sought after

04 March 2024

The 'International Exhibition of Modern Art' held at the 69th Regiment Armory building in New York from February 15 to March 15, 1913, ushered in a new era for the art market.

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Original Alastair illustration for Oscar Wilde edition soars above estimate

04 March 2024

The aristocratic German artist, composer, dancer, mime, poet, singer and translator Hans Henning Otto Harry Baron von Voigt (1887-1969) is best known by his pen name. From 1914 he went simply by the pseudonym Alastair.

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Ring by Dubret influenced by Lalique but at a more affordable level

04 March 2024

Dawsons’ (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver sale included this Art Nouveau gem-set foliage panel ring by Henri Dubret (1872-1947).

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Purple patch – Arts & Crafts collection of dealer duo comes to auction

04 March 2024

Collection of dealers who founded a shop and popular brand is up for sale next month in Sussex, offering more than 600 lots in a dedicated sale

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Previews: issue 2633

04 March 2024

Our selection of lots from 12 upcoming UK auctions

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Bellmans hit a Purple patch with Arts and Crafts collection

01 March 2024

A group of Arts & Crafts jewellery from the collection of the late dealers Anthony Gardner and Michael Becker will be sold by Sussex auction house Bellmans in April.