Auctions

News and previews of art and antiques sold at auctions throughout the UK and overseas, from multi-million-pound blockbusters to affordable collectables.


British and Irish book auctions: July 14-29, 2020

13 July 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from July 14-29, 2020.

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Highlights from Shelton New Hall at Elstob & Elstob

13 July 2020

The New Hall China Manufactory holds an important place in the history of English porcelain. Active from 1781-1835, it was effectively a cooperative between several Staffordshire earthenware makers, who acquired the Bristol porcelain patent and financed a factory together, first at Tunstall and then at Shelton New Hall in Hanley.

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Rijksmuseum delivers the winning punch for Ansbach bowl

13 July 2020

The Rijksmuseum was in action at the Drouot to carry off a 9½in (24cm) wide porcelain punchbowl from the Ansbach factory.

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Böttger stonewares on offer at Bonhams

13 July 2020

Bonhams will sell the third tranche of a substantial private collection of Meissen on July 22. It includes a number of Böttger stonewares with this 4in (10cm) head of the Emperor Vitellius, c.1710-13, estimated at £4000-6000.

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De Staël on offer as single lot at Paris Enchères

13 July 2020

Paris Enchères Collin du Bocage will be holding a single-lot sale on July 22 in Paris of a painting by Nicolas de Staël (1914-55).

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Copeland footbath and garden seat bring bidding in English regions

13 July 2020

Large, bold and decorative, transfer-printed pottery footbaths have an appeal that goes beyond collectors of 19th century ceramics.

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Roubtzoff depiction of Tunisian street life appears at Millon

13 July 2020

Paris Millon will offer this painting of a Tunisian street scene by Alexandre Roubtzoff (1884-1949) at its Antiquities and Orientalist sale on July 21.

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18th century dentist's delftware ointment jar gives added bite to auction

13 July 2020

This rare 2in (5cm) English delftware ointment pot, c.1775, carries the inscription in manganese 'The Queen’s Dentifrice'.

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Kipling first edition equals auction record thanks to author’s signature

13 July 2020

The gilt decorated blue cloth binding showed signs of age, but a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s 'Captains Courageous, A Story of the Grand Banks' offered in a Philadelphia sale bore the author’s signature on the title-page.

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Four Staffordshire figures underlining the market trends

13 July 2020

Staffordshire flatback figures have been off the boil for a while.

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How Old Master estimates work when it comes to loosely ascribed paintings

13 July 2020

Pitching a work at the right level is crucial to demand and price when it comes to selling unattributed or loosely ascribed Old Masters at auction.

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Sohn's Danse Macabre turns heads at Lempertz

13 July 2020

Pictured here are five from a near-complete set of 41 polychrome terracotta figures of the Danse Macabre offered by Lempertz (25% buyer’s premium) in Cologne. They are typical of the work of Anton Sohn (1769-1841), who settled in Zizenhausen near Stockach in 1799.

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Meissen from a Worcester collection brings international competition at Adam Partridge

13 July 2020

International bidders competed online and by phone against the UK trade and collectors for a group of 18th century Meissen figures offered at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) in Macclesfield.

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Texas located for the third time

13 July 2020

Rare early map of the region from three years before the Alamo has another saleroom outing

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Liverpool creamware tureen with image of Nelson comes to Maine sale

13 July 2020

This 14in (35cm) early 19th century Liverpool creamware tureen and ladle marked for the Herculaneum factory is transfer-printed in black with portraits of Nelson.

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Modest estimates at Hawleys fuel strong bidder demand

13 July 2020

Two pictures from local deceased estates drew solid competition at a recent sale at East Yorkshire auction house Hawleys (20% buyers premium) thanks to being offered with ‘there-to-be-sold’ estimates.

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Drummer boy jug from Fidelle Duvivier’s month in Worcester surfaces in Exeter

13 July 2020

This spiral-moulded cream jug decorated with a drummer boy is from a well-documented Caughley tea and coffee service painted with figural subjects by Fidelle Duvivier during a brief period of work at the Chamberlain factory in Worcester in October 1792.

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Bid Barometer: issue 2451

13 July 2020

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period July 2-8, 2020. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Works of art with aristocratic connections feature at Christie’s new The Collector sale

11 July 2020

Christie’s has launched a new cross category auction as part of its Classic Week sales featuring many items with aristocratic connections.

Qing lapiz lazuli elephants

Chinese elephants with Rothschild provenance star in our pick of five auction highlights this week

10 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare pair of 19th century lapiz lazuli models of elephants that came from the home of Lionel and Edmund de Rothschild and made over double estimate in Salisbury.

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