Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Archibald Knox silver vases are among five lots to watch this week

10 June 2024

With estimates from £425, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week

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Make a racket about a super collection of tennis posters

10 June 2024

Extensive collection on tennis theme inlcudes early Wimbledon designs and Broders view of Monte Carlo

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Ottoman tile packs in power of tiger and leopard

10 June 2024

This large 12in (30cm) hexagonal painted fritware tile from 16th century Damascus is decorated with one of the most recognisable Ottoman decorative motifs - the çintamani pattern.

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Previews: issue 2648

10 June 2024

Our selection of lots from 11 upcoming auctions

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New saleroom Azca launches in west London with Indian and Islamic selection

10 June 2024

London has a new boutique auction house with the launch this month of Azca Auctions in Hammersmith, west London.

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Christie’s reassures clients over personal data after cyber attack

10 June 2024

Christie’s says has it has seen no “evidence to suggest that personal information has been published or misused” following the cyber-attack that brought down its website.

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In the embrace of Nathaniel Marchant

10 June 2024

This gold-mounted carnelian intaglio ring depicting classical profiles of Cupid and Psyche embracing is signed in mirror image capitals for Nathaniel Marchant (1739-1816).

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Cheuret heron theme console table fits the bill

10 June 2024

During his lifetime relatively little was written about the work of Albert Cheuret (1884-1966).

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Well-known Sèvres service depicting dashing warriors delights bidders in Massachusetts

10 June 2024

A set of 10 plates from a well-documented Sèvres service from the July Monarchy period emerged for sale at Tremont Auctions (27% buyer’s premium) in Sudbury, Massachusetts, on June 2.

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Harper Lee classic comes with a Christmas card from the author

10 June 2024

Not only is this 1960 first edition of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' inscribed by Harper Lee to her friend Harold Caufield, but it was sold with a Christmas card from the author penned with a lengthy message.

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Auction audience avid as Chinese export oil comes to the rostrum

10 June 2024

A Chinese export oil showing a Qing emperor at court led a single-owner dispersal at Tremont Auctions (27% buyer’s premium) in Sudbury, Massachusetts, on May 5.

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Pick of the week: Chess set bidders make their moves

10 June 2024

It was on March 1, 1849 that Nathaniel Cook, the editor of the Illustrated London News, registered the design that would provide the ancient and cosmopolitan game of chess with its first standardised set.

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Bidders spot a Limoges production

10 June 2024

A lot catalogued simply as a ’French gilt bronze figure of Madonna and Child’ proved the highlight of the Furniture, Art & Asian auction at Clars (28% buyer’s premium) in Oakland, California, on May 17.

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Union general Sherman’s own civil war selection

10 June 2024

Well-known works covering the conflict come from the library of the famed and feared commander

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Meissen freemasons rub shoulders with Lowestoft musicians in Essex

10 June 2024

The most desirable element of a collection of 18th century white-glazed porcelain figures offered by Reeman Dansie (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Colchester was the Meissen group known as Two Freemasons.

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Meissen designer Kaendler in his element

10 June 2024

Among the most recognisable output of the Meissen factory are the ‘Elements’ ewers, the set of four emblematic of Earth, Air, Water and Fire that were designed by Johann Joachim Kaendler in 1741.

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Dealer Tomasso adds to his personal collection with an auction jewellery purchase

10 June 2024

A gold and cameo ring offered with an estimate of just £200-300 at Derbyshire auction house Irita Marriott (plus 28.8% buyer’s premium inc VAT) and catalogued as 19th century caught the eye of a number of jewellery dealers and bidders from as far as Paris and the US.

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It’s a wrap at $120,000 as Qing knotted cloth vase shines in LA

10 June 2024

A Qing vase later converted to a lamp sailed beyond expectations at an Andrew Jones Collections & Estates sale.

The de Pinna silver cup

De Pinna cup to finally appear for sale after scientific testing

05 June 2024

At the third time of asking, an enigmatic Elizabethan style silver and porcelain goblet will finally be offered at auction this month.

Donald Campbell’s Jaguar XK150

Legendary speedster Donald Campbell’s Jaguar races into Essex auction

05 June 2024

Donald Campbell’s Jaguar XK150 comes for sale at Sworders on June 18.