Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell
Rare mezzotint of 18th century native American chief who visited London takes nearly 10-times estimate05 March 2024
Rare prints from a remarkable collection deaccessioned from a library in Massachusetts starred in a Boston auction.
Lawrence portraits from New York industrialist come for sale in US04 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.
Rediscovered George II period table takes 100-times estimate at Berkshire auction04 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.
Snake armlet designed by Alma-Tadema slithers for sale04 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.
Pick of the week: Poster promoting global baseball tour pitches up at a record price04 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).
Chair prices propelled higher thanks to Picasso04 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.
A Regency table from the collection of TV star Drew Pritchard is among five lots to watch04 March 2024
With estimates from £100, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.
Bangle by architect turned designer Zaha Hadid builds interest04 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.
Omega watches by Andrew Grima are bang on time04 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.
Auctions and dealer shows aplenty at Asia Week New York04 March 2024
Fifteeth year of the New York event involves 28 dealers and 12 salerooms taking part
Art Deco-era vanity cases highly sought by contemporary collectors04 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.
De Medici letter reveals Pope appointment plot04 March 2024
This single-sheet letter was written by Catherine de Medici (1519-89) to the ambassador to Spain.
Brooches concealing watches make striking auction prices04 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.
Map gives a one-sided religious global view04 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.
Memorabilia from a famous 1913 show in US is now highly sought after04 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.
Original Alastair illustration for Oscar Wilde edition soars above estimate04 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.
Ring by Dubret influenced by Lalique but at a more affordable level04 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).
Purple patch – Arts & Crafts collection of dealer duo comes to auction04 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
Previews: issue 263304 March 2024
Our selection of lots from 12 upcoming UK auctions
Bellmans hit a Purple patch with Arts and Crafts collection01 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.