Auction Reports


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Ingenious chalices conceal Catholic purpose

27 April 2020

The Penal Laws weigh heavily on the history of Ireland. Before they were largely repealed in the period 1778-93, the series of statutes were imposed in an attempt to force Irish Catholics (and Protestant dissenters) to accept the established Church of Ireland.

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Summers Place Auctions' last-minute decision to take remote bids only pays off

27 April 2020

The sale at garden statuary specialist Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst on March 24 (the day after lockdown) was among the first conducted under new government restrictions on social distancing.

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Candlesticks shine online at Michael Bowman's homespun sale

27 April 2020

A recent sale conducted by Michael Bowman (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Newton Abbot, Devon was a homespun affair – held in the auctioneer’s house, with his wife handling phone and commission bids and two assistants operating the bidding platforms remotely by way of a loudspeaker mobile phone link.

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Anti-slavery tobacco box reflects the human cost

27 April 2020

Brought into Wolverhampton firm Cuttlestones (17.5% buyer’s premium) on a valuation day, this early-19th century anti-slavery tobacco box sold to a UK bidder on thesaleroom.com for £480.

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Pottery expertise provides firm foundations as works by the Martin Brothers, De Morgan and Dresser emerge

27 April 2020

Held over three pre-lockdown days on March 5-7, Evesham saleroom Kingham & Orme’s (23% buyer’s premium) auction was rich in the best of English and European decorative arts.

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Lizzie: the biggest and best Hornby loco

27 April 2020

Appearing in 1937, a couple of years after the locomotive itself was launched, the LMS Princess Elizabeth was the biggest and best locomotive that Hornby ever made.

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Award for a voyage of non-discovery

20 April 2020

In May 1875 the British Arctic Expedition under the command of George Nares (1831-1915) set off on a mission to reach the North Pole via the unchartered ‘open polar sea’.

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Pump action in Wiltshire

20 April 2020

Richard Edmonds (20% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has sold some very rare British petrol pump globes in the past year – including a globe for the little-known brand Dominion (£13,000 in November).

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Architects of a house sale success at Dreweatts

20 April 2020

Contents of Palladian home in County Durham provide showpiece auction in Newbury

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Waterloo prints in medal form

20 April 2020

Among the most successful printing projects marking the Napoleonic Wars were the series of aquatints by Thomas Sutherland (1785-1838) after watercolours by the young William Heath (c.1795-1840) titled The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies from 1799 to 1815.

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Collectable inkwell makes over ten-times estimate in Lincoln

20 April 2020

Novelty inkwells such as this one modelled as a miniature six-bolt diving helmet and corselet were made by the Siebe Gorman works in Chessington, south-west London, as promotional giveaways or gifts to staff on employment milestones or retirement.

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Kangxi – but badly damaged

20 April 2020

It is badly damaged, but this large shallow dish offered by Aldridges of Bath (20% buyer’s premium) is an outstanding example of Kangxi mark and period famille verte porcelain.

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Shared love of blue and white pottery

20 April 2020

Sir William Whitfield and Andrew Lockwood shared a love of English blue and white transfer printed pottery and associated pearlwares and creamwares.

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Rolex Submariner leads selection of watches that tick the boxes

13 April 2020

Since its launch in 1953 there have been well over a dozen distinct references of the Rolex Submariner, with all sorts of minutiae adding up to several hundred different variants.

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Lyon & Turnbull show how live performances create a show with a buzz

13 April 2020

Although premises are closed, online selling can help to create a sale day sense of excitement

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Kookaburra flies into Cumbrian saleroom

06 April 2020

Maud O’Reilly (1886-1971), a key figure in Queensland’s Arts & Crafts movement and a student of the LJ Harvey school, showed her pottery at a number of British exhibitions in the mid 1920s.

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Sex Pistols ‘holy grail’ is punk pick

06 April 2020

Among a 200-lot list of vinyl records by a galaxy of rock and pop stars, punk provided the outstanding performance at Cottees’ (18% buyer’s premium) specialist sale at Poole.

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Auction explorers locate rare silver pocket watch

06 April 2020

An unusual late Victorian silver pocket watch by Herbert Blockley of London sold for an unexpected £2800 at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Stoke-on- Trent.

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Spring auction brings varied array of Asian art to Lewes along with European treats

06 April 2020

A cross-section of Asian art – Qing porcelain, Meiji Satsuma and Euro-Asiatic ivories – provided the prizes at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) spring sale held in Lewes.

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Linthorpe pottery dish showing how Christopher Dresser looked to Fiji for inspiration sells in Rotherham

06 April 2020

A Linthorpe pottery dish designed for the Middlesbrough pottery by Dr Christopher Dresser sold online well over a £400-600 estimate for £4200 at Paul Beighton (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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