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.

Linthorpe pottery dish by Christopher Dresser

Christopher Dresser dish, ‘Highlander’ plate, Pocket watch with Byron crest – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

06 March 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Linthorpe pottery dish designed by Dr Christopher Dresser that made seven-times estimate in Rotherham.

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Belfast fair back again

02 March 2020

Irish provincial silver is always sought after. The c.1790 silver sauceboat pictured below by John Nicholson of Cork is a rare example.

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Second chance for works from Spetchley Park offered at Chorley’s

02 March 2020

Second-dibs sales at regional salerooms – those that follow after a major London auctioneer has cherry-picked the contents of a stately country house – can sometimes acquire the slighting epithet of ‘crumbs from a rich man’s table’.

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Art Deco duo dance into North Shields

02 March 2020

Briefly catalogued, but accurately estimated, this bronze and ivory dancing couple was the outstanding star at Featonby’s (18.75% buyer’s premium) recent sale in North Shields.

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Rare version of Meissen's modern coffee service emerges Dusseldorf

02 March 2020

Having been heavily criticised for its antiquated designs at the World Exhibition of 1900 in Paris, the Meissen porcelain factory commissioned avant-garde designers to produce more vibrant pieces.

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Decorative furniture and lighting in flamboyant style forms core of single collection

02 March 2020

“A fabulous example of how an auctioneer can sell these collections so successfully outside of London,” said Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) managing director Jonathan Pratt in the wake of Donnington Priory’s latest auction of European furniture and works of art.

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Bell to announce ships in Ceylon stands proud in Scotland

02 March 2020

This 14in (25cm) diameter bronze bell shown here bears the insignia of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (the Dutch East India Company or VOC), the date 1747 and the name Jaffanapatnam. It is suspended in a wrought iron frame and mounted to a large stone mill wheel.

ATG letter: Many more Moorcroft Tiger Lily vases are out there

02 March 2020

MADAM – I was pleased to see a report of the Hansons Moorcroft sale (ATG No 2430), and mention of the large and rare 18in exhibition Tiger Lily flambé vase in particular, as to my knowledge and awareness one last appeared on the market 29 years ago at Hartleys in Ilkley.

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Raphael in beaker form

02 March 2020

Raphael’s painting 'Madonna della sedia' is one of the most familiar images of Western art and has been copied by artists since its inception in 1513.

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Interior designers and auction houses team up for spring sales

25 February 2020

This spring auction houses Dreweatts and Fellows plan events with interior decorators and designers Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, Caroline Percy and architectural historian Oliver Gerrish.

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The Box catches the Martinware crab

24 February 2020

The Box, a museum, gallery and archive set to open in Plymouth in May, has acquired a ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers.

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Gallé crocus vase offered in Kansas

24 February 2020

This 17¾in (45cm) high, Gallé glass vase from c.1900 in marqueterie sur verre technique with a carved crocus design is one of the highlights of a sale to be held by Woody auction in Douglass, Kansas, on Mar 14.

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Frankfurt silver cup survivor draws bidders' attention

24 February 2020

German silver Kiddush cups survived the Second World War in only relatively small numbers but there were some treasured heirlooms, part of Jewish family festivals for generations, that were kept safe throughout the religion’s darkest times.

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Beer jug celebrating Glorious Revolution makes 20-times estimate

24 February 2020

A Westerwald salt-glaze jug offered at Reeman Dansie's latest sale in Colchester was worked with stylised tulips and a medallion with the portraits of William of Orange and Queen Mary.

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Rare Samuel Shufflebotham work on Llanelly Pottery offered at Carmarthen Showground event

24 February 2020

Only about three of these c.1907 Llanelly Pottery rose bowls (below) are known to exist, says dealer Robert Pugh who is pricing the one shown here at £700.

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Record-breaking Martin Brothers grinning crab saved for nation heads to Plymouth after export block

19 February 2020

A new museum in Plymouth has acquired a ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers after fundraising to keep the sculpture in the UK.

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From a Mission Impossible-style jewellery break-in to a missing silver sculpture – the latest round up of thefts across the art and antiques sector

17 February 2020

The art and antiques trade have been called upon to help locate missing items after a series of incidents.

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A toast to claret and beer drinking vessels at New York sale

17 February 2020

Beer was the preferred beverage of all classes in 16th century England and much of it was drunk from imported Rhenish salt-glazed stoneware.

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Object lessons from Midhurst

17 February 2020

Two items in focus at Midhurst

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Lalique touch of glass in Glasgow

17 February 2020

Many familiar names were represented in a concentrated 145-lot specialist sale of British and Continental glass at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium), but the winner by a distance was Lalique’s Formose green glass vase.

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