Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

Tunbridgeware table

A Babylonian terracotta fragment and a William IV Tunbridgeware table are among seven lots to watch at auction

08 February 2021

With estimates from £60-1500 here are seven previews of upcoming items this week.

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Medal marks Cromwell triumph

08 February 2021

This small oval gold medal was struck at the end of 1650 to mark the victory of the New Model Army at the Battle of Dunbar.

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True blue: Hokusai uncovered

08 February 2021

Although catalogued as ‘a 19th century Japanese woodblock print’, the signature to a scene of a boat with Mount Fuji beyond gave a clue to its creator.

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More Collingwood microgauze emerges

08 February 2021

Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) sold this 1980s ‘microgauze’ wall hanging by the British artist-weaver Peter Collingwood (1922-2008).

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Auction previews: issue 2479

08 February 2021

A selection of 16 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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No public view? No worries…

08 February 2021

Despite lockdown restrictions Bonhams' traditional Oak Interior offerings performed very well

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‘Textbook’ vernacular furniture

08 February 2021

Two of the choice pieces of furniture in Bonhams’ Oak Interiors sale on January 20-21 were published examples.

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Fountain pens: How the East and West signed up to a lucrative deal

08 February 2021

The 1920s deal between Ryosuke Namiki and Alfred Dunhill to make luxury pens for the Western market created some of the most collectable fountain pens.

Antique Gainsborough chair

Gainsborough chair stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

05 February 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Gainsborough chair from c.1750 that went over five times over estimate.

Chinese export elephant form tureens

Pick of the week: Buyer figures out the tureen differences

01 February 2021

Tureens in the form of geese, cockerel, carp, ox head, boar’s head and other animals were an integral part of the grand display in an 18th century European dining room.

Cabinet and commode by Jules Leleu

Auction fireworks for Jules Leleu Art Deco furniture

01 February 2021

Sworders’ latest Design sale held live online included a collection of work by Jules Leleu (1883-1961).

Cromwellian gold 50 shilling piece

Record for Cromwellian coin is set by 50 shilling piece

01 February 2021

The fourth and final part of the North Yorkshire Moors collection of coins and medals included some exceptional examples from the Interregnum.

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Poster for Some Like it Hot, a George III halfpenny and bronze sculpture are among the four lots to watch at auction

01 February 2021

With estimates from £350-5000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Caddies, cups and much more among exceptional silver at Mallams

01 February 2021

The Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) two-day Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale in Oxford included some exceptional silver lots.

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Auction previews: issue 2478

01 February 2021

A selection of 17 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Quality is instrumental to value when it comes to science equipment

01 February 2021

Theodolite and telescope made to high standards measure up in two salerooms

Victorian walnut desk

Victorian kidney-shaped desk and a Cromwellian gold medal are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

29 January 2021

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Victorian walnut and tulipwood kidney-form desk that made over five-times estimate.

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Apter-Fredericks sale a ‘shot in the arm’ for furniture market

25 January 2021

The market for antique furniture received a welcome boost last week with Christie’s sale titled Apter-Fredericks 75 Years of Important English Furniture.

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Pick of the week: Up, up and away for £3.3m Aynhoe Park auction dispersal

25 January 2021

Some of the most eagerly contested lots in the Aynhoe Park: The Celebration of a Modern Grand Tour sale held by Dreweatts in Oxfordshire on January 20-21 were those created by the owner of the property himself.

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Henry III coin strikes gold in US saleroom

25 January 2021

One of only a handful of known examples of Henry III’s gold penny – one of the most fabled coins in all of British numismatics – sold for $720,000 (£554,000) at auction in Dallas last week.