Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle
Chest attributed to Flemish-born London maker Gerrit Jensen tops furniture from Worcestershire manor17 June 2019
A consignment of furniture from the medieval Eastington Hall, Worcestershire, boosted Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) latest sale in Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire.
Why EM Ginn’s Expert sounded perfect at £850017 June 2019
The sale of a remarkable gramophone collection two years ago at the Cotswold Auction Company (20% buyer’s premium), in which an EMG gramophone took £6500, prompted the consignment of another large collection to the June 4 sale at the Cheltenham rooms.
Arts & Crafts oak from the second and third generation17 June 2019
Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) offered 12 impeccably provenanced pieces by Peter Waals (1870-1937) at Oxford on May 23.
Thornhill’s Chinaman strikes a chord in Ayr17 June 2019
More of a curiosity than a clock but a decorator’s dream, a life-size caricature of a smiling Chinese man clutching a willow-pattern plate with gilt dragon hands emerged in the Ayr rooms of Thomas R Callan (17.5% buyer’s premium).
Collectors tune into Diss sale for mechanical music delights03 June 2019
Best-seller and one of the biggest surprises at the white-glove sale of a mechanical music collection was a musical box, the catalogue entry of which could be summarised as ‘famous name, doesn’t work’.
Moorcroft shows Australian appeal03 June 2019
While British studio potters were battling to break through in the 1930s, established factories, even Moorcroft, were struggling to survive the Great Depression.
Pet food signs serve up tasty sums03 June 2019
Coming fresh to market from a corn merchant’s shop, seven early/mid- 20th century enamel signs extolling Spratt’s pet food for dogs, cats and canaries attracted UK collectors to Bishop & Miller’s (20% buyer’s premium) Stowmarket sale on May 17.
Candlesticks back in spotlight03 June 2019
The hope at every house clearance came true for Reading auctioneer Chris Boreham when he unearthed this set of four Georgian silver rococo candlesticks at a local home.
Studio pottery at a price to suit03 June 2019
Headline stratospheric results should not put collectors off, as a London auction underlines.
Furniture rolls back the years27 May 2019
Two collections assembled since the late 1960s enthuse a fresh generation of buyers.
Early oak takes root in spring27 May 2019
One of the best pieces of early oak at spring provincial sales was an17th century carved oak mural livery cupboard sold at Henry Adams (20% buyer’s premium) of Chichester.
Exceptional farmhouse table brings excellent price27 May 2019
Catalogued as ‘exceptional’, this farmhouse refectory table fulfilled the auctioneer’s adjective in more than one way at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Dorchester on April 26.
Tiny stamp and banknote designs adopted far and wide27 May 2019
After more than 50 years as a designer for international stamps and banknotes printer Waterlow & Sons, Leonard Douglas Fryer (1891-1965) retired to enjoyable obscurity at his home in Ilford.
In rust we trust for Marklin make27 May 2019
Rusty, dusty and damaged, but bearing the magic of Marklin, a pre-First World War toy train emerged from the garage at a local house clearance. It starred in a collectors sale at the Cumbrian saleroom of 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT).
Dutch dealer goes miniature for tableware and furniture27 May 2019
Illustrated below is one of seven lots of Dutch ‘white metal ’ miniature tableware and furniture entered into a weekly general sale at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium).
Late Victorian silver fluted vases top East Sussex auction20 May 2019
Target of a London silver specialist, this pair of late Victorian silver fluted vases was the best-seller at East Sussex auction house Burstow & Hewett (20% buyer’s premium).
Tobacco taken with a conscience20 May 2019
Almost wholly reliant on slavery, the tobacco industry was the subtle target of British Abolitionists 50 years before Britain outlawed slavery and nearly a century before the American Civil War.
Charlotte Rhead looks to be right attribution20 May 2019
Catalogued as ‘Art Nouveau… manner of Charlotte Rhead’, this pair of tube-lined tiles went at 10 times the estimate at Trevanion & Dean’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Whitchurch.
Foreign visitors go on a journey to Exeter20 May 2019
Topped by an eight-times estimate £19,500 Momoyama ‘Namban’ cabinet (ATG No 2391), Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Exeter on April 16 had other estimate-busting lots from abroad.
Salerooms aim to create a home from home when dispersing traditional country house contents13 May 2019
With ‘on the premises’ country house contents sales now so rare, the more usual practice is for the better pieces to be removed to saleroom bases.