Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Pick of the week: Aroma therapy – the c.1800 perfumes concealed in a book

18 January 2021

The luxury perfumery l’Officina Profuma Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence is considered the oldest pharmacy in the world.

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An Art Nouveau brooch and a Charles II pewter candlestick are among seven lots to watch at auction 

18 January 2021

With estimates from £150-12,000 here are seven previews of upcoming items this week.

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Victorian silver salts on offer in Florida

18 January 2021

The Palm Beach Collections sale at Hindman in Florida on January 25 includes this set of four Victorian silver figural salts by E&J Barnard (London 1866).

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Two 'exceptional' tribal vessels sold on the same day at different sales

18 January 2021

Two exceptional examples of ethnographic art – one from the north-west coast of America, the other for Polynesia – sold in the UK regions last month.

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Souvenir suitable for a Jacobite

18 January 2021

These Jacobite roundels carry the portraits of Charles Edward Stuart (1720-88) and his brother Henry Benedict Stuart (1725-1807).

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Waterfall bookcases flow well at auction

18 January 2021

The sale at W&H Peacock (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Bedford on January 1 included, estimated at £200-300, this pair of mahogany waterfall-style bookcases.

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Auction previews: issue 2476

18 January 2021

A selection of 18 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Jewellery: Demand for quality antique and vintage pieces remains high in 2021

18 January 2021

Covid-19 has played havoc with the jewellery fairs and auction calendar but it has done little to dull the appetite for quality antique and vintage pieces.

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Hit the Deck for Orientalism

18 January 2021

This Mamluk-style pottery basin decorated with a band of kufic script is in fact the creation of ‘father of art pottery’ Frenchman Theodore Deck (1823-91).

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Silver selection: Magna Carta sculptural group shines at Hansons

18 January 2021

‘Exceptional’ Victorian piece that made £56,000 leads a look at recent notable sale results.

Tang pottery figure of a Bactrian camel

Ancient pottery camel figure stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

15 January 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Tang dynasty (618-907) pottery figure of a Bactrian camel and rider that went four times over estimate.

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Open Art Fair appeals court ruling on stand fee

11 January 2021

The organiser of The Open Art Fair is to appeal a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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A true mouse man carving comes to auction in Yorkshire

11 January 2021

The highlight of a private collection of Robert Thompson oak carvings to be offered by Tennants on March 6 is this curious anthropomorphic figure of the ‘Mouseman of Kilburn’.

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Pick of the week: Take tea with the queen – at a twelfth the normal size

11 January 2021

A copy of the Royal Doulton dinner service commissioned in 1922 for Queen Mary’s doll’s house sold for a top-estimate £30,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of the Thomas Goode auction at Sotheby’s.

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Enter the dragon – collection of Welsh ceramics sold in Cardiff includes choice entries

11 January 2021

The Welsh Sale at Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff included a large section of Welsh ceramics from a west Wales estate.

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Ceramics and glassware: taking the market for toby jugs at face value

11 January 2021

A London auction offering ceramics fans a treat thanks to single-owner collections and a mixed array leads a look at the market as a whole

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Bidders on the scent of an 1810 ‘classic head’ US coin

11 January 2021

Some of the best US coin discoveries are today made in the UK.

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Auction previews: issue 2475

11 January 2021

Our regular selection of previews from UK and Irish salerooms.

Theodore Deck pottery

Orientalist basin, mahogany bookcases, Arts and Crafts oak chest – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

08 January 2021

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare Orientalist basin by the French ‘father of art pottery’ and a pair of mahogany bookcases that went 16 times over estimate.

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‘Earliest dated Irish glass’ sells at auction

04 January 2021

What is perhaps the earliest dated piece of Irish glass sold at auction in Lewes.