Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle
Porter’s oak chair for guarding in comfort brings strong bidding at Batemans17 May 2021
Intended to keep servants warm in the draughty watches of day and night at the entrances to grand houses, this porter’s chair was bought at Christie’s in 1989 and used in the vendor’s living room ever since.
Furniture prices looking good in Berkshire auction03 May 2021
Fifteen furniture lots make five-figure sums as Dreweatts bidders show encouraging confidence
Chelsea teapot takes £14,000 bid03 May 2021
This unmarked teapot and cover, offered by Dreweatts, dates from the first decade of porcelain production at the Chelsea factory.
Tudor connection chewed over26 April 2021
Armorial head linked to the palaces of Henry VIII when he was married to Anne Boleyn.
Two single-owner collections of Orientalists works highlight Sussex sale with worldwide appeal19 April 2021
Two English Orientalists made the biggest impression at a recent sale at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.
Galway silver shines in Lewes auction19 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.
Treen captures the imagination at Doncaster auction22 March 2021
On themes from Brighton Pavilion to a cat’s backside, well-known collection creates a stir
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.
Silver: Sale in Devon hots up with a Charles II brazier15 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
Furniture from across the centuries offers contrasting styles to bidders08 March 2021
Traditional 18th century styles rub shoulders with stand-out Modern design in regional sales
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.
Elkington Paradise found but not at silver price level08 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.
Commode inspired by Anglo-French influence heads impressive Chichester sale01 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.
Doucai cups bring international bids to defy damage issues01 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.
Design and quality of Deco armchair stands out01 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.
Some buys have all the pluck01 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.
Meccano collectors out in force at Bury St Edmunds sale01 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.
Märklin fire engine from c.1902 fit for a museum exhibit01 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).
Dunhill lighter makes bright price but Mouseman leads Ilkley sale01 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.
Walk this way for collectables22 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).