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.

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Squirrels surprise in Stamford

15 November 2021

At a recent sale at Stamford Auction Rooms (20% buyer’s premium) in Lincolnshire this pair of mid-19th century Staffordshire red squirrels sold for a surprise £2000.

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Hermit plaque emerges in Kansas

15 November 2021

This KPM porcelain plaque will feature in Woody Auction’s next sale in Kansas on December 4.

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Chelsea figure with two unusual features turns heads in Derby auction

15 November 2021

A Bamfords (20% buyer’s premium) sale included this 3¼in (34cm) tall Chelsea figure from the Red Anchor Senses set created by the Low Countries sculptor Joseph Willems (1710-66), in c.1755.

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Snuff box takes 20-times estimate at Bellmans

15 November 2021

Estimated at £400-600, a Meissen chinoiserie decorated porcelain snuff box took £12,000 at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in West Sussex.

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Super Sèvres selections at separate sales

15 November 2021

Estimated at £200-300 in the belief they were later copies, a pair of Sèvres dishes sold for £9500 at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

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Ceramics: Twinight Collection shines bright at Bonhams auction

15 November 2021

British porcelain element of renowned US collection amassed in European salerooms comes to auction in London

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De Morgan masterpieces find fresh fans

08 November 2021

William De Morgan considered pieces from the Moonlight and Sunset Suite made in the early 1890s to be his very best work.

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Silver salute to the great Sir Stanley Matthews sold by dealer

08 November 2021

A silver tea service presented to Sir Stanley Matthews (1915-2000) to mark his record England cap has been sold by a Hampshire dealer.

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Pottery packing a punch

08 November 2021

A pair of early 19th century Staffordshire pearlware figures modelled after bare-knuckle boxers Tom Cribb and Tom Molineaux who fought for a ‘world title’ of sorts is estimated at £3000-5000 in Tennants’ Autumn Fine Sale on November 13 in Leyburn.

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Moorcroft made for American market reaches a high level

08 November 2021

After the James Macintyre & Co factory was awarded a gold medal at the St Louis International Exhibition in 1904, Moorcroft pottery was sold in the US by a number of boutique retailers including Shreve & Co of San Francisco and Tiffany in New York.

Maltese coffee pot

Pick of the week: Maltese silver survivors on way home

01 November 2021

Maltese silver pieces auctioned in the UK return to the Mediterranean island.

Ilkhanid gold and silver-inlaid brass candlestick

Candlestick becomes most expensive Islamic metalwork

01 November 2021

This exceptional Ilkhanid gold and silver-inlaid brass candlestick has become the most expensive Islamic metalwork sold at auction.

Lalique dragonfly pendant

Lalique jewellery takes flight

01 November 2021

Naturally inspired creations underline the renowned designer’s range of talents

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The web shop window: English delft dish from 1701

01 November 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Christopher Dresser finds his time and place

27 October 2021

Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) designed two electroplated claret or water jugs for Elkington & Co of Birmingham in 1885 – both of them daring designs inspired by vessels from antiquity.

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Sparkes charger generates a buzz at the Pavilions

27 October 2021

This earthenware charger was painted by Catherine Sparkes (1842-1910), a genre, flower painter and illustrator who made a significant contribution to the development of faience pottery at Doulton Lambeth.

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Obituary: Pottery dealer Roger de Ville

27 October 2021

It is with great sadness that I was informed of the sudden death of my good friend and colleague in the trade Roger de Ville… thankfully he was at home and he passed away quickly at the amazing age of 86 years old.

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Scottish ballet impresario's collection in step with decorative fashion

27 October 2021

It was not to high-end purist tastes, but ballet pioneer’s collection reeled in eager bidders

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Crawforth collection shows its metal

27 October 2021

Aided by strong American bidding action, the collection of Andrew Crawforth, the late Portobello Road trader and leading authority on early metalware, turned base metal into gold when all 431 lots – offered wihtout reserve – sold at Bonhams’ (27.5% buyer’s premium) Edinburgh sale.

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Wartime work showing soldiers in Normandy joins Olympia fair highlights

27 October 2021

A “vanishingly rare” oil by Barnett Freedman (1901-58) showing a newly liberated Normandy town shortly after D-Day is among the star exhibits at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia in London.

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