Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

Console table

Auction bidding battle for rare Kentian console ends at six-figure sum

06 February 2023

An important George II console table emerged for sale at The Auction Room London on January 31.

Arizona Spike

Pick of the week: Railroad spike hits a cool $1.8m response at auction

06 February 2023

The completion of the US transcontinental railroad in 1869 was the marvel of its age.

Bronze figure

‘Medici’ brings bronze awards for museums at auction

06 February 2023

Two important Mannerist bronzes were bought by museums when a New York private collection was sold in Manhattan last month.

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A scrimshaw flask with an intriguing inscription is among five lots to watch

06 February 2023

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Previews: issue 2579

06 February 2023

A selection of 13 upcoming lots available at UK and Irish auctions.

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‘Akin to living in a private museum’

06 February 2023

Wife describes how collector husband Chris Hancock’s latest artworks had to fight for space in a family home

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Medal marks a Shanghai special day

06 February 2023

The Shanghai Jubilee Medal was instituted in 1893 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first British consul created after the Treaty of Nanking in 1843.

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Chandelier shone in Pugin’s Gem

06 February 2023

This brass and iron ecclesiastic chandelier or corona lucis is by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52), the most famous name in the Gothic Revival.

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Scandinavian calendar stick provides seasons to be cheerful

06 February 2023

Among the best performing lots at the Country House sale at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn was a fruitwood calendar stick or primstav.

Bleu de Hue porcelain dishes

Top-selling porcelain dishes star in our pick of six auction highlights sold this week

03 February 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of blue and white porcelain dishes that made over 130-times estimate in Dorset.

Maltese coffee pot

Maltese coffee pot at Salisbury auction shows appeal of island life

30 January 2023

Italianate coffee pots and covered sugar basins are the most recognisable domestic forms in Maltese silver. And they are much coveted.

Silver teapot

Dedicated Indian Raj silver auctions launched

30 January 2023

Chiswick Auctions will conduct what it believes is the first ever auction devoted to Indian and Burmese silver of the Raj period on February 14.

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A Lalique Escargot vase is among five lots to watch

30 January 2023

With estimates from £500, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Rare Nixey enamel sign scrubs up well despite condition

30 January 2023

Although now long forgotten, the London family firm of Nixey’s was a household name in the second half of the 19th century

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Collectors discover the value of Vuitton Explorer trunks

30 January 2023

Late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunks are a rare and desirable subset of vintage luggage.

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Spoon dated 1796 served Lord Nelson

30 January 2023

This otherwise mundane late 18th century fiddle pattern silver dessert spoon is from Lord Nelson’s first personal service.

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Nineteenth century sculpture: evil genius and equestrian elegance

30 January 2023

Focus on two contrasting sculptures from the same era by Feuchere and Boehm sold in recent auctions

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‘One of the best Wedgwood collections in private hands’

30 January 2023

Freeman’s in Philaldephia is selling the far-reaching Ellis and Suzanne Rubin collection of Wedgwood across a number of sales.

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Previews: issue 2578

30 January 2023

A selection of 14 upcoming lots available at UK auctions.

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'Forget the guide' says Hanson as bronze figure brings bidding frenzy

30 January 2023

Strong provenance helps seated guardian figure estimated at £100-150 to stand out at Derbyshire auction