Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle
Thin Man spotted in sizeable lot19 August 2019
In this group of predominantly Victorian ceramics beloware two 18th century pieces: a typical polychrome delft plate of modest value and a far more commercial early English toby jug.
The risqué side of Russia19 August 2019
Although catalogued as ‘Continental’, this mid-19th century porcelain figure of a seated semi-nude ballet dancer below carries impressed marks for the factory established by the English entrepreneur Francis Gardner in the town of Verbilki near Moscow in 1766.
Fashionable but fragile box just sew good19 August 2019
From the height of almost impractical luxury to a simple piece of homespun craftsmanship, the full creative range of sewing accessories was on offer at the summer sale of specialist auction house Bleasdales (20% buyer’s premium).
Buyer pins down Chinese workbox at £7000 hammer19 August 2019
The interior of this 15in (38cm) mid-19th century Chinese gilt and black lacquer workbox includes two layers of 15 small interlocking boxes. The central cruciform-shaped box has a pin cushion incorporated in the lid.
Wainscot chair with top quality19 August 2019
Better by a distance than nine similar items, a mid-17th century wainscot chair offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) in Crewkerne demonstrated the yawning price gap between the acceptable and the desirable in the early oak market.
Big money for Russian bronze19 August 2019
Not always predicted but overwhelming when it comes, big-money Russian interest sent a bronze equine group soaring at Dawson’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead.
‘Thank heavens for the internet’12 August 2019
Catalogued together with an incomplete silver propelling pencil with a bloodstone terminal, a silver Art Deco pocket lighter with a timepiece sold at £5200 (estimate £100-200) at Amersham Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) on July 11.
Plenty of quality from BADA member of 46 years12 August 2019
The personal enthusiasm of John Braund of Turpin’s Antiques, who died in January aged 90, was early oak and associated metalware.
Music poster group makes major hit at auction05 August 2019
A lot comprising 31 posters plugging top groups and festivals from 1969-72 was the major hit at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) Photographs, Posters and Prints sale.
Market for late 19th and early 20th century decorative arts is evolving – as are prices05 August 2019
The market for European ‘decorative arts’ – the wealth of late 19th and early 20th century ceramics, metalwork and design – has been in a constant state of flux since it first entered mainstream collecting in the late 1960s. As tastes evolve, so does pricing.
Penzance saleroom hosts first Cornish Asian auction05 August 2019
Penzance auction house David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) is no stranger to the great Chinese boom but in July it staged Cornwall’s first dedicated Asian sale.
Scottish ceramics shine in Stoke05 August 2019
Sold in the heartlands of English ceramics, this example, below, of Scotland’s finest was the estimate-shattering star of Potteries Auctions’ (20% buyer’s premium) July 13-14 sale in Stoke-on-Trent.
Italian sculptures stand out in summer22 July 2019
Italian sculptors were the hottest property as garden statuary flourished at summer sales in the Home Counties.
Jug celebrates a rotten result in 1812 election22 July 2019
Anglicised, Anglican and Tory landowners controlled many aspects of Welsh life in the Georgian period – particularly when it came to politics.
Brahms booms in vinyl revival15 July 2019
The resurrection of vinyl continues apace as was evident when a large collection of classical records offered by Ledbury auction house John Goodwin (15% buyer’s premium) attracted specialist trade and private interest from all over the world.
Aboriginal weapons saved from a skip now sell at auction15 July 2019
Saved at the last minute from a skip, a collection of Aboriginal weapons drew worldwide interest at Martel Maides’ sale in St Peter Port, Guernsey.
Romantic Russians in figure form15 July 2019
The Patriotic War of 1812 stirred up powerful feelings of national pride in Russia.
Louis Vuitton trunk shifts at £720015 July 2019
Pleased as the vendors were to be told by Gloucestershire auctioneer Martin Lambert that a 1920s trunk from their late parents’ home could be worth £2000, they were happier when pre-sale interest in Tayler & Fletcher’s recent sale brought a revised estimate of £2500-4000.
George II table takes £17,500 and Churchill letters get away15 July 2019
As a reminder of the days when a piece of quality furniture could be expected to top a wide-ranging provincial sale, a George II giltwood and gesso occasional table led the way at Dawson’s (20% buyer’s premium) 550-lot event in Maidenhead.
Glass birds and Mouseman sell in North Yorkshire15 July 2019
The demand for 1960s Pulcini glass birds made by Alessandro Pianon (1931-64) for the Venetian company Vistosi has spiked in recent months.