Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle

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Furniture prices looking good in Berkshire auction

03 May 2021

Fifteen furniture lots make five-figure sums as Dreweatts bidders show encouraging confidence

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Chelsea teapot takes £14,000 bid

03 May 2021

This unmarked teapot and cover, offered by Dreweatts, dates from the first decade of porcelain production at the Chelsea factory.

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Tudor connection chewed over

26 April 2021

Armorial head linked to the palaces of Henry VIII when he was married to Anne Boleyn.

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Two single-owner collections of Orientalists works highlight Sussex sale with worldwide appeal

19 April 2021

Two English Orientalists made the biggest impression at a recent sale at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.

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Galway silver shines in Lewes auction

19 April 2021

The West as well as the East made a major contribution to the success of Gorringe’s £1m sale on March 30 where, overall, 86% of the 593 lots sold.

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Treen captures the imagination at Doncaster auction

22 March 2021

On themes from Brighton Pavilion to a cat’s backside, well-known collection creates a stir

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Obesity crisis? But not in the saleroom it seems…

15 March 2021

Entered from the estate of an Ipswich craftsman-hobbyist, the corpulent figures shown below were two of his 144 wood carvings which met unexpected demand.

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Silver: Sale in Devon hots up with a Charles II brazier

15 March 2021

Bolstered by a strong melt price of over £15 an ounce, domestic silver hollowwares and flatwares are selling strongly. However, it is the pieces of collectable value – novelties, provincial rarities and the work of the best Georgian, Regency and Victorian smiths – that continue to perform best in the market

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Furniture from across the centuries offers contrasting styles to bidders

08 March 2021

Traditional 18th century styles rub shoulders with stand-out Modern design in regional sales

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Elkington Paradise found but not at silver price level

08 March 2021

If the famous image of the Milton Shield by Elkington and its £800-1200 estimate drew a double-take at a recent auction, there was good reason.

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Table linked to ‘Diamond King and the King of Siam’

08 March 2021

This eye-catching 19th century Ceylonese ebony and inlaid breakfast table came with intriguing stories about its provenance in an auction catalogue.

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Doucai cups bring international bids to defy damage issues

01 March 2021

In poor condition but made in the coveted Yongzheng (1722-1735) period, this pair of Doucai porcelain cups attracted bids from China, Canada, Scandinavia and Spain as well as the UK.

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Meccano collectors out in force at Bury St Edmunds sale

01 March 2021

With crossover appeal to Meccano collectors and advertising enthusiasts, this Meccano Dealer’s No 1 slope-back cabinet from 1929-35 went well over hopes.

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Some buys have all the pluck

01 March 2021

Lacking the glitter of a former rock star owner, this Fender Stratocaster sold on the traditional antiques virtues of quality, age and condition.

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Design and quality of Deco armchair stands out

01 March 2021

Despite having no maker’s mark, the design and quality of this c.1930 oak reclining book table armchair, below, proclaimed Ambrose Heal.

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Dunhill lighter makes bright price but Mouseman leads Ilkley sale

01 March 2021

Dunhill Aquarium table lighters painted by Margaret Bennett and husband Alan in the 1950s-60s remain popular among collectors in these non-smoking days.

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Märklin fire engine from c.1902 fit for a museum exhibit

01 March 2021

Rated a museum-quality piece, this rare c.1902 spirit-fired Märklin fire engine led the field at toys specialist Wallis & Wallis (24% buyer’s premium).

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Commode inspired by Anglo-French influence heads impressive Chichester sale

01 March 2021

In a sale that yielded quality and surprises in most sections, the major talking points at Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) were provided by two pieces of furniture. Emerging from the same house and given here-to-sell estimates, both achieved five-figure results.

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Scott says sorry to fellow explorer with a cigarette box

22 February 2021

A cigarette box engraved with the facsimile signature Captain Falcon Scott may have been a piece the Antarctic hero gave to a fellow explorer he offended.

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Walk this way for collectables

22 February 2021

With all 80 lots getting away – 79 to a single UK collector – a group of walking sticks totalled more than £40,000 at Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium).