Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle
Big names boost Aesthetic appeal at auction18 November 2019
Even during his lifetime Edward William Godwin complained that ebonised tables to his textbook ‘Anglo-Japanese’ design c.1867-68 were being copied by a number of different manufacturers.
Star decorators from Desire Leroy to Joseph Bailey18 November 2019
The talented Sèvres factory decorator Desire Leroy (1840-1908) came to the United Kingdom in 1878 to take up an appointment at Minton in Staffordshire. However, he is perhaps best known for his work at the Royal Crown Derby where he worked from 1890, aged 50, until his death in 1908.
Wolley winds up to £480018 November 2019
Most regionally made Georgian oak longcase clocks can now be bought for under £500 but this example is by a highly regarded and collectable maker: John Wolley or Woolley (c.1738-95) of Codnor, Derbyshire.
Unsentimental decision to split Queen Anne silver tazza and tankard after 300 years together18 November 2019
Although the catalogue noted the rarity of a Queen Anne silver tazza and tankard having been together for more than 300 years, they were offered separately at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.
Real rail and the model variety18 November 2019
Hornby Dublo collectors fought spirited battles for clockwork rarities at Duggleby Stephenson’s (18.75% buyer’s premium) York sale.
Bidders warm to rare globes18 November 2019
Bringing the highest price yet at one of Richard Edmonds’ (20% buyer’s premium) specialist Petroliana and Automobilia sales in Chippenham was a rare petrol pump globe.
Beastly Beswick rarities in demand18 November 2019
In the resilient Beswick market, collectors paid high prices for some rarities – even modern prototypes – at autumn sales.
Eclectic clocks chime with bidders11 November 2019
Array of styles from traditional and electrical to atmospheric attracts Continental interest,
And here’s to you, Francis Robinson11 November 2019
Among the top-priced clocks sold in October was a rare late-17th/early-18th century musical bracket clock by Francis Robinson of London.
Mystery lamp could be a Clanny11 November 2019
Well placed in Tyne & Wear to receive a number of miners’ safety lamps from the old Durham and Northumberland coalfields, Boldon Auction Galleries (17.5% buyer’s premium) was presented with something of a mystery in the form of the lamp pictured here.
Fans coveted in Yorkshire and Guernsey11 November 2019
The impact of institutions on the collector-dominated market in fans was witnessed when the best-seller at a dedicated Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) auction went to a museum.
Seat of power: Churchill maquette11 November 2019
Less familiar than some of the busts and maquettes of Winston Churchill by Oscar Nemon (1906-85) was this bronze resin maquette, below, offered at Catherine Southon’s (18% buyer’s premium) sale in Selsdon, Surrey.
Spotlight on the design process04 November 2019
Ceramics, furniture, glass and figure highlights from a range of sales under same banner.
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott: An Aussie name to watch04 November 2019
A buoyant specialist subject in its own right, studio pottery appeared at a number of the recent Design sales with material by major British names selling in the expected low four-figure range.
Powell stained glass panels shine in sale28 October 2019
As part of a House & Garden sale, the top-seller at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Abingdon was a set of six stained-glass panels by James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars.
Austin pedal car trundles into Cheshire saleroom28 October 2019
As one of the most meticulously made pedal cars ever produced, the Austin J40 is always a target when it comes to auction.
Pankhurst’s angelic skills as tea service brings demand28 October 2019
Designed for the Suffragette movement by Sylvia Pankhurst, a 19-piece tea service was the star at Halls’ (20%) buyer’s premium) sale in Shrewsbury.
Music box tunes in at 20-times guide28 October 2019
Selling at some 20 times the estimate, a 19th century mahogany-cased music box was the surprise success at Batemans’ (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Stamford on October 5.
Celtic medal to club legend sells in Glasgow28 October 2019
A reminder of football’s early days, when huge crowds watched teams from the Scottish league playing counterparts from England, this 15ct gold medal with enamelled Scottish lion rampant was a hit when offered in its spiritual home of Glasgow by McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium).
Timely look at the clocks market28 October 2019
Latest sales give a snapshot of what collectors are looking for amid different styles and eras