Earthly pleasures: Avisseau's basin draws dramatic bidding at Strawser’s auction

28 August 2023

This Palissy-style ‘art of the earth’ basin is inscribed and dated 'Avisseau, Tours, 1856' for Charles-Jean Avisseau (1795-1861).


Charlotte Brontë looks back to her days as Currer Bell

28 August 2023

A wistful and chatty letter from Charlotte Brontë to her editor William S Williams comes for sale in California on September 7.


Sale underlines stateside popularity of Wedgwood

28 August 2023

Wedgwood has long been such a popular collecting strand in the US that it is no surprise to see quantities reappear on the market at auction, either as mixed-owner consignments or single-owner collections

Glass perfume bottle

Cameo glass perfume bottle stars in our selection of five lots to watch in the US

25 August 2023

ATG’s selection of items coming up for auction in the US includes a Thomas Webb cameo glass perfume bottle mounted in silver by Elkington.

English Navy watercolour

Royal Navy deck life in year of Trafalgar attracts bids at Florida auction

21 August 2023

Sailing way above expectations at Sarasota Estate Auctions in Florida was a diminutive English watercolour depicting the deck of a Royal Navy ship.


French author’s work proves cream of the crop rotation

21 August 2023

'Theatre d’Agriculture et Mesnages des Champs' issued in 1600 is the first major work on French agronomy.


Snuff bottle takes 31 times low estimate

21 August 2023

A recent Devin Moisan (25% buyer’s premium) sale was topped by a 1974 Chinese snuff bottle decorated by Wang-Hsi (Xisan).


Original lyrics for Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' comes to auction

21 August 2023

The original working lyrics for 'Heartbreak Hotel' carry an estimate of $200,000-220,000 at GWS Auctions’ sale titled Artifacts of Hollywood & Music in Agoura Hills, California, on August 26.


Rare Royal Doulton Spook figure emerges at Hollywood sale

21 August 2023

Not to be confused with the modern limited edition toby jugs of the same name, the Royal Doulton figure Spook is among the most desirable models in all the HN series.


Bardin globe travels Down Under

21 August 2023

An Australian bidder secured this early 19th century 2ft 4in (71cm) Bardin terrestrial library globe at Copake Auction’s (25% buyer’s premium) recent estate sale in upstate New York.


Buteux ice pail carries a cool musical motif

21 August 2023

This 18th century Sèvres soft-paste porcelain ice pail (seau à glace) carries the date letter 'O' for 1767 and a tiny painter’s mark of an anchor for Charles Buteux Sr (1719-82).


Robert E Lee button bonanza

21 August 2023

Defeated Confederate general gave out uniform items as gifts until the government cracked down


Ditko’s personal Spidey spins a premium

21 August 2023

The name Steve Ditko (1927-2018) scarcely needs an introduction to comic collectors.


Corot still very popular in the States

21 August 2023

This unframed 8 x 11in (20½ x 28cm) oil sketch of the Swiss village of Dardagny is signed for Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875).

Naked Union soldier photo

Bare essential of early photography field

14 August 2023

Scenes of nudity in American Civil War photography are typically accidental or produced in field hospitals for medical study.


Gallery run by ex-Christie’s expert holds show focusing on the ‘first US Modernist’

14 August 2023

The paintings of Arthur Dove, often considered the first US Modernist, kicks off the exhibition programme at Schoelkopf Gallery’s new space in Tribeca, New York.


Sower reaps benefit of a Millet likeness

07 August 2023

A drawing of Jean François Millet’s (1814-75) most famous image generated unexpected levels of bidding in Alameda, California.


Rugs under the spotlight in new book

07 August 2023

New York rugs dealer Jason Nazmiyal has released a new book on the art and history of rugs.


US photos vendor strikes gold with westward expansion

24 July 2023

Rather than the rich and famous it was this photograph of three haggard workers that caught the eye in a Cincinnati saleroom.


Huge archive of slides takes 40 times the top estimate

24 July 2023

Anyone sitting through a slideshow of images from an extraordinary photograph collection of Indian, south-east Asian, and Middle Eastern subjects sold in a US auction could be there for a long time.

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