Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle
Chinese works of art: a here-to-sell strategy15 February 2021
Colchester auction house Reeman Dansie follows a policy of detailed cataloguing for Chinese art but modest estimates
The toon mark07 December 2020
Four early pieces of Newcastle plate and a selection of other silver rarities sold at auction this autumn
Slimline sale in Cheffins still one to remember09 November 2020
Auctioneer makes his debut on the Cambridge rostrum with reduced but memorable offering
Caterpillar Club races to record02 November 2020
Gold pin awarded to Second World War Polish pilot later executed after the Great Escape
Wally birds and Moorcroft retain star appeal26 October 2020
Topping a 360-lot, £242,000 single-owner collection of Martinware and Moorcroft at Kingham & Orme (23% buyer’s premium) was a Robert Wallace Martin grotesque bird.
What a relief: Italian surprises emerge at Mallams' auction19 October 2020
Brought back to England by 19th century travel writer Richard Ford, a carved alabaster relief of the Madonna watching over Christ was the outstanding lot from a Gloucestershire country house offered at Mallams Cheltenham (22.5% buyer’s premium).
Urns and mug make big earners19 October 2020
Coadestone urns to this design were a personal favourite of company founder Eleanor Coade herself.
Ewe beauty: Rice collection in demand05 October 2020
Further pieces from English porcelain specialist’s collection are among highlights in Lewes.
Lot watched by eager beaker bidders05 October 2020
Silver by major names from the early to late years of last century were major eyecatchers at the Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium) 20th Century Design Sale in Bury St Edmunds.
Mouseman lucky 1305 October 2020
The best of 13 Mouseman pieces that sold at Morphets (20% buyer’s premium) for a total of £41,000 was a classic early adzed oak and burr oak sideboard made in Robert Thompson’s Kilburn workshop c.1928-30.
Dealer Jack Webb’s superb 1000-lot militaria collection brings white-glove result28 September 2020
London dealer Jack Webb, who died last year aged 94, was known for the variety of unusual pieces at his Camden Passage shop, but the D-Day veteran’s personal enthusiasm was for militaria.
US hero given British honour28 September 2020
As heroic a defence against the odds as Rorke’s Drift, and certainly more important, the twin battles of Imphal and Kohima are much less well known.
Casablanca and a right carry-on in court28 September 2020
Backing up his upbeat view of the future for salerooms (ATG No 2444) veteran auctioneer Chris Ewbank enjoyed a 99% success rate at the latest outing for his Sports & Entertainment specialist department.
Bottle vase supplies a £55,000 Chinese surprise24 August 2020
Solid selling punctuated by a number of estimate-eclipsing bids made the July 17-18 sale a very welcome return to business for Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).
Five O’Clock means it is time for Belleek24 August 2020
Around the year 1904, during the Second Period of Belleek production in Fermanagh, Ulster, designer William Harris designed the Five O’Clock pattern.
Vernacular crafts treasured for innate charm make hefty sums in the saleroom17 August 2020
Some aspects of the traditional antiques market continue to perform with zest – and ‘folk art’ is among them.
Sales platforms for totem station signs17 August 2020
Collected by a Scottish enthusiast, 26 railway station totems – the enamel signs introduced across the UK by newly nationalised British Rail in 1948 – gained UK-wide interest at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow.
Sewing box takes Bleasdales’ top spot10 August 2020
Delayed for a month by the pandemic, the specialist sewing sale held as a timed online auction on thesaleroom.com at Bleasdales (20% buyer’s premium) of Warwick proved a profitable stitch in time. The sale, which covered the gamut of collectables, closed with only 16 of the 665 lots failing to get away.
Dresden Shepherds get bidders flocking in10 August 2020
Pair thought to be Derby are rated as Gilbody rarities by specialist and dealer who competed
It’s not what you know but Who you know03 August 2020
The response among Sixties regulars at a north London pub to the fly poster, below, advertising a gig by the High Numbers may well have been: The who?