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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Online bidders battle it out for British reverse glass painting

17 August 2020

A highlight of the Summer’s Bounty Auction held by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (17%/20% online buyer’s premium) of Maine was this British reverse glass painting dated to the late 18th century.

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Police call for help to find stolen Cotswolds post box sawn from its mount

13 August 2020

A Royal Mail post box has been sawn from its mount in a Cotswold village and local police are hoping to trace it.

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Silver cup ‘rewarded to a loyal Jacobite’ offered jointly by auction house and dealer

10 August 2020

Is this the silver cup given by Bonnie Prince Charlie to a trusted aide for his role in returning Jacobite gold to France? Auction house Spink and dealer Martyn Downer believe it is and are looking for a buyer at around £150,000.

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Three pieces of wonderful Worcester highlight the work of a trio of factories

10 August 2020

Pictured here are three good examples of Worcester hard-paste porcelain from the early decades of the 19th century – at which time there was a trio of factories operating in the city.

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Dresden Shepherds get bidders flocking in

10 August 2020

Pair thought to be Derby are rated as Gilbody rarities by specialist and dealer who competed

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The web shop window: Asprey Art Deco cigar box

10 August 2020

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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Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery turns heads at Drouot

10 August 2020

An ensemble of jewellery by René Lalique was on offer in a Decorative Arts sale held by Tessier & Sarrou (28% buyer’s premium) at Drouot. All the pieces were signed examples of his distinctive Art Nouveau style and inventive use of non-precious materials.

Scrap silver

Heaps of Victorian silver scrapped after another spike in precious metal prices

07 August 2020

Another bounce in precious metal prices has led to more antique pieces of gold and silver being scrapped.

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Plaque perfect for a chocolate fan

03 August 2020

This framed porcelain plaque marked 'KPM' and measuring 15½ x 10in (39 x 25cm) is painted with La Chocolatière after the painting by the Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard.

Lucie Rie’s footed bowl

Pick of the week: Lucie Rie record as footed bowl takes $180,000 at Phillips

31 July 2020

The market for Lucie Rie (1902-95) reached a new high when Phillips New York sold this 5.5in (14cm) diameter footed bowl for $180,000 (£136,800) at its latest design auction.

Derby ‘dry edge’ figures of The Dresden Shepherd

Early English porcelain figures star in our pick of five auction highlights this week

31 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of ‘dry edge’ English porcelain figures that sold for 50-times estimate.

gold jewellery

Gold price hits all-time record as silver rises sharply to seven-year high

28 July 2020

The price of gold jumped to a record high in the UK this week as precious metal markets across the world rose due to the current economic and political uncertainty.

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Glamour and high society mix in a Scottish country house sale

28 July 2020

Ingredients for a tantalising sale don’t come much better than high society, glamour, famous names and an illustrious family combined with a varied, single-owner country house collection.

Böttger bottle vase

Meissen makes a big impact in private collection sale

25 July 2020

A very early and delicate Böttger Stoneware covered bottle vase featured in the Important Meissen Porcelain from a Private Collection auction at Bonhams in London sold for a hammer price of £105,000.

Cigarette case given by George VI to Lionel Logue

'The King’s Speech' cigarette case sells for over 10-times estimate at Woolley & Wallis

24 July 2020

A royal presentation silver cigarette case given by George VI to his speech therapist Lionel Logue, the subject of the 2010 film 'The King’s Speech', sold for £61,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury this week.

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Titanic sums for the best in White Star memorabilia

20 July 2020

A section of maritime antiques offered at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) in Liverpool included an otherwise pedestrian Spode cup and saucer made c.1910.

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Meet the Tudors in miniature form

20 July 2020

A bidding battle broke out at Kinsky (28% buyer’s premium) in Vienna for this pair of figures fashioned as King Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, each about 13in (32cm) high.

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Auction previews: issue 2452

20 July 2020

Sixteen upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Flamboyant Meissen ewer draws strong bidding at Wendl

20 July 2020

There is absolutely no way that one can describe the decoration of a late 19th century Meissen ewer sold by Wendl (21% buyer’s premium) in Rudolstadt as restrained.

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Ivory in demand ahead of trade ban

20 July 2020

Despite – or because of – the imminent prohibition, good-quality antique ivory works of art continue to bring solid prices at auction.

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