Decorative Art

This category encompasses a wide range of three-dimensional antiques in a variety of different materials. It includes ceramics, glass and metalware (including silver and plate), medium to small size decorative objects such as tea caddies and dressing table sets.

Arizona Spike

Pick of the week: Railroad spike hits a cool $1.8m response at auction

06 February 2023

The completion of the US transcontinental railroad in 1869 was the marvel of its age.

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‘Akin to living in a private museum’

06 February 2023

Wife describes how collector husband Chris Hancock’s latest artworks had to fight for space in a family home

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Medal marks a Shanghai special day

06 February 2023

The Shanghai Jubilee Medal was instituted in 1893 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first British consul created after the Treaty of Nanking in 1843.

Maltese coffee pot

Maltese coffee pot at Salisbury auction shows appeal of island life

30 January 2023

Italianate coffee pots and covered sugar basins are the most recognisable domestic forms in Maltese silver. And they are much coveted.

Louis XV commode

Battersea Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair’s busy opening day heralds strong sales

30 January 2023

A Louis XV commode decorated c.1975 with shells by the designer Anthony Redmile was among the standout sales at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair’s opening day.

Silver teapot

Dedicated Indian Raj silver auctions launched

30 January 2023

Chiswick Auctions will conduct what it believes is the first ever auction devoted to Indian and Burmese silver of the Raj period on February 14.

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A Lalique Escargot vase is among five lots to watch

30 January 2023

With estimates from £500, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Spoon dated 1796 served Lord Nelson

30 January 2023

This otherwise mundane late 18th century fiddle pattern silver dessert spoon is from Lord Nelson’s first personal service.

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‘One of the best Wedgwood collections in private hands’

30 January 2023

Freeman’s in Philaldephia is selling the far-reaching Ellis and Suzanne Rubin collection of Wedgwood across a number of sales.

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Top stories this week – including news of Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon selling his private collection

29 January 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of ceramics specialist Henry Sandon offering his private collection at Chorley’s auction house in April.

Henry Sandon

Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon to sell private collection at auction

24 January 2023

Ceramics specialist Henry Sandon (b.1928) will offer his private collection at auction at Chorley’s in April.

Sheffield Assay Office

Plea to help find stolen silver from Sheffield Assay Office

19 January 2023

More than £100,000 worth of silverware has been stolen from the Sheffield Assay Office after a group of burglars broke in using an angle grinder.

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An English medieval candlestick is among five lots to watch this week

16 January 2023

With estimates from £200, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Obituary: Ceramics dealer and Shakespearean actor Michael Graham

16 January 2023

It’s with regret that I report that Michael Graham, the well-known partner in the long-established firm, Graham & Oxley, died on November 25.

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Nymphenburg factory dishes up a high sum

16 January 2023

What is very probably a new record for the Nymphenburg porcelain factory was set at the 500 Years of European Ceramics sale at Bonhams (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) on December 7.

2575NEDI Staffordshire Jug

Pick of the week: Huge jug from 1835 bigs up London china dealer

09 January 2023

This monumental and documentary Staffordshire blue and white transfer printed jug sold for $4800 (£4000) as part of Bonhams Skinner’s sale of British pottery and porcelain that ran online from Marlborough, Massachusetts, in the last days of 2022.

Charles II mug

Flea market find depicting Charles II takes five-figure sum at auction

09 January 2023

Found at a flea market, this tin-glazed earthenware mug sold for £12,000 (plus 19.5% buyer’s premium) at Claydon Auctioneers.

Delft plate

A William & Mary delft plate is among six lots to watch

09 January 2023

With estimates from £20, here are six previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Cabinet plates designed by Dresser make over five times estimate at Bonhams Skinner

09 January 2023

A set of eight Minton Aesthetic movement bone cabinet plates topped the Bonhams Skinner (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) sale of British pottery and porcelain that ran online from Marlborough, Massachusetts, in the last days of 2022.

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Stiff competition at Suffolk sales indicates strength of Staffordshire pottery market

09 January 2023

Collectors of Staffordshire have noted a number of higher prices of late and further evidence of a more active market came when a pair of Victorian Staffordshire flatback figures was offered by Lacy, Scott & Knight (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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