Kitchenalia

Practically anything involved in cooking or food preparation, from cast iron cauldrons to copper or creamware jelly moulds, can fall into the category of kitchenalia.

As many pieces have now been superseded by modern, power-driven equipment, antique or vintage items such as ribbed wooden butter pats, copper kettles, pierced ladles to skim cream, kitchen scales or flat irons, are also prized for their decorative appeal.

Some examples also cross over into the category of folk art.


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Ivory nutcrackers could become a museum piece

16 September 2019

Entered by a vendor who hated them, a pair of 6in (15.5cm) long 19th century nutcrackers reflected in their way two different aspects of auctioneering today: how smaller country firms see their future and what will happen to antique ivory items when most of the trade in them is banned.

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Thai silver tea kettle bid to triple estimate at Leicestershire auction

05 August 2019

An exceptional example of Thai silversmithing has sold for £13,500 (plus 17.5% buyer’s premium) in Leicestershire.

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William III miniature coffee pot sells at Vogel sale for $4800

25 February 2019

The Vogels bought 17th and early 18th century silver from How of Edinburgh, SJ Phillips in London and Shrubsole in New York.

18th century Italian corkscrew

Hammer highlights: five lots that caught bidders’ eyes this week including a rare Italian corkscrew

28 September 2018

ATG’s selection of highlights sold at auctions held over the last seven days, including a rare 18th century Italian corkscrew and a Napoleonic officer’s coat.

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Corkscrews bring cheers to Henry Aldridge saleroom

06 August 2018

Two French corkscrews were the top lots of Henry Aldridge & Son’s auction of the first tranche of a single-owner collection of around 450 examples.

French piron folding helix corckscrew

French corkscrew uncorks collectors to bid more than £12,000 at Wiltshire auction

30 July 2018

A French 18th century 'betrothal' corkscrew was the highlight of the first in a series to disperse a single-owner collection of corkscrews in Wiltshire.

Jelly moulds

Jelly mould collection wobbles its way to Winchester auctioneer

21 June 2017

An eccentric and unique lifetime collection of more than 400 copper, tin and ceramic moulds feature in a special summer auction in Hampshire

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Folk art gallery gets visitors hands-on with egg painting workshop

13 April 2017

South London gallery Modern Folk is hosting a series of Russian egg-painting workshops this week, the first of several interactive events planned at the dealership.

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Show your metal

05 April 2017

Included among the objects section of many sales featuring oak and vernacular material there are often examples of early metalware.

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Coffee is served – at 140 times estimate

17 October 2013

The English porcelain highlight of the last month was undoubtedly this Worcester coffee pot sold at Tunbridge Wells & Hastings.

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Dresser prototype takes £19,000 bid

29 July 2013

The series of electroplated teapots designed by Christopher Dresser and made by James Dixon & Sons in 1879 rank among the great moments of the Aesthetic movement – and 19th century art as a whole.

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A kettle to make scholars think again

10 June 2013

Is this Elkington kettle the earliest provable Christopher Dresser design for electroplated silver?

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When life is one long picnic

17 January 2006

Ninety-one-year-old John Werner Kluge is the stuff of the American Dream – a German immigrant who amassed his fortune in the States buying radio and television stations.

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Putting us back on track with racks...

08 September 2004

WE’VE long had a thing about toast, that peculiarly British way of serving bread and a primary comfort food. Think Marmite soldiers dunked into soft-boiled eggs and wintry afternoons toasting bread over an open fire.

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Provincial silver

01 September 2004

PICTURED here are two outstanding pieces of provincial silver sold in the country during August.

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Cleaning up after servants’ life of grime

20 July 2004

THE servants’ quarters, very much a part of the history of any great house, are always hugely popular with visitors and the National Trust was keen to buy items at Christie’s (19.5/12% buyer's premium) Chirk Castle sale on June 21 which represented life below stairs.

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Melon-form caddy is a £3600 fruit

22 June 2004

ALTHOUGH catalogued as a late 18th century fruitwood apple form tea caddy, this finely turned and carved 5 1/2in (13cm) high vessel sold by Biddle & Webb (15% buyer’s premium) on April 1 was more accurately a melon.

Specialist bidders go for nuts and wine at Leominster

24 July 2002

Specialist items, including a collection of five nut crackers and novelty silver entries, encouraged buyers to travel to Herefordshire to bid in this 1080-lot sale at Brightwells on 11 June, which was 70 per cent sold by lot.

Express Dairy delivers the cream

14 June 2002

SOME of the regular buyers at this 424-lot dispersal at BBR Auctions on 28 April deemed it the “best selection yet” even though it had fewer Prattware pot lids and less blue and white Cornishware than usual. But this was made up for with an unusually large number of pie funnels and a good range of kitchen utensils and cream pots.

A twist of a corkscrew opens two vintage sale days of astonishing bidding

26 March 2001

Lowly-rated architect’s table sells at £24,000 UK: OCCASIONALLY a dream sale comes along for the auctioneer that needs no selling and takes off for no apparent reason. It happened at Nottingham where Neales’ specialist Bruce Fearne enjoyed taking some startling bids from privates and trade alike, for no obvious reason.

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