Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle

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Tangible rewards in tough times

14 November 2022

UK auctioneer hails successful sale offering attractive investments to buyers worldwide

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Flaxley Abbey and Chilham Castle: Two sales disperse contents put together by renowned designers

07 November 2022

Two ancient country manors refurbished by two of the 20th century’s leading UK interior designers brought what the auctioneers described as ‘pre-Covid atmospheres’ at Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) Donnington Priory rooms.

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Rothschild taste sensations as bidders turn out in force at Exbury House sale

07 November 2022

The unashamed opulence of interior decoration that became known as Le Goût Rothschild as it spread from 19th century France to Austria, Germany and Britain is a style that has always been admired.

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Rutting Pan and Pliny’s Doves take their place in an eclectic selection offered by Somerset saleroom

24 October 2022

Nineteenth-century Grand Tourists and souvenirs from the Orient made for a highly successful outing near Bristol where micro-mosaic panels, intaglios and Chinese vessels led the way at Clevedon Saleooms (22% buyer’s premium).

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Mortars sell in the grind manner

17 October 2022

Bronze examples from the estate of renowned late metalware dealer catch the attention

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Old bottles contain plenty of appeal for collectors at Canterbury auction house

17 October 2022

Forty years after he began identifying Victorian rubbish heaps then digging in them, a Kent collector’s faith in the saying ‘where there’s muck there’s glass’ was vindicated when fellow enthusiasts demolished estimates on scores of his old bottles.

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All cisterns go in Gloucestershire

10 October 2022

Two classic country house ‘garden’ form 17th century examples show their mettle

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The furniture price adjustments that show a positive trend

10 October 2022

While traditional antique furniture prices are still relatively cheap, contemporary and mid-20th century material continues to be an expanding market.

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Testing the market for Batterham studio pottery

03 October 2022

Works by one of the finest masters of thrown stoneware come to auction

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Showy Victorian taste lights up Shropshire sale

03 October 2022

Literally the highlight of Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Autumn Sale was a hall lantern demonstrating showy high Victorian taste at its most confident.

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Flamboyant mirror frames make over 20-times estimate in Yorkshire

03 October 2022

Complex cartouche-shaped marginal wall mirrors from the early 18th century are notably rarer than arched or rectangular examples.

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The Swan’s jewels shine among Shakenhurst lots

12 September 2022

With the added lustre of having been worn by a Fifties aristocratic supermodel, two jewellery items entered by her grandchildren were the stars at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale of items from a Shropshire manor.

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Napoleon III exile skirt among high points at Dominic Winter auction

12 September 2022

In exceptionally fine condition and probably never worn, a c.1730-40 embroidered silk skirt offered at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) also had a back story adding to its attraction.

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Pressure point in the saleroom

05 September 2022

Barometers among collections of two renowned polymaths test the market temperature

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Strong demand for anti-slavery objects

29 August 2022

Anti-slavery objects are enjoying a particular strong moment in the market as museums at home and in the US seek to fill holes in collections vulnerable to the label ‘pale, male and stale’.

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Chinese items stand out in dealer selection

08 August 2022

Items collected and meticulously recorded from the 1970s onwards by a trade couple had the attractions of ‘dealer’s choice’ provenances when offered at Hanson Holloway’s Ross (25% buyer’s premium).

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Fresh wave of demand on the cards

08 August 2022

Overseas interest in tribal art and Doulton Lambeth wares fuelled the higher prices at Cuttlestones’ (20% buyer’s premium) Penkridge sale but it was a new outbreak of cardomania which raised temperatures of collectors across England.

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Cambridge sale suggests no slowdown in Chinese bidding despite global challenges

25 July 2022

The reassuring news from the East began with the first lot offered at Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) Fine Sale when 10 China-based bidders competed for a Republican-era porcelain Putai.

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Careful approach pays off in Cheltenham

25 July 2022

Mainland Chinese buyers bidding on jade, porcelain, wooden and textile offerings dominated the leader board at an Asian & Islamic sale at Cheltenham.

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How Stan Dodds breathed life into carving

25 July 2022

Three lots at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) traced the history of Stan Dodds (1928-2012) – the first and foremost of the Critters.