Auction Reports


Beardsley shows his devilish side at auction

05 April 2017

It may have been under 2in (5cm) high, but a tiny ink drawing by Aubrey Beardsley sold for a sizeable $10,000 (£8000) in a sale of Illustration Art held by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in New York on March 21.


Biographies of females famous and forgotten

05 April 2017

Filling much of a full-page advertisement in ATG No 2284 for the Pierre Bergé/Sotheby’s (24/20.5/17% buyer’s premium) sale in Paris on April 26 of books and manuscripts from the library of Jean A Bonna was the star turn – a stunning copy of Galileo’s Discorsi et Dimostrazioni matematiche of 1638.


Oh! Calcutta! £14,000 show-stopper

05 April 2017

Shown here is one of 25 coloured litho plates that illustrate Sir Charles Doyly’s Views of Calcutta and its Environs, a large folio work published in 1848.


Newton travels to New York

05 April 2017

Making its third saleroom appearance in 30-odd years, the portrait in oils of Isaac Newton shown here is one of at least a dozen made in his lifetime.


Finding out if small is beautiful

05 April 2017

Exceptional items star as Bonhams’ oak sales face the challenge of reduced space and lots


Beadwork and embroideries

05 April 2017

Through surviving examples of Charles II beadwork, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the splendid colours of Stuart England.


Early metalwork from the Golding Barrett Collection

05 April 2017

Among the most eagerly contested sections of the Bonhams sale was the 22 lots from the Golding Barrett Collection.


Two private collections of rushlights at Bonhams

05 April 2017

Folksy 18th and 19th century vernacular lighting retains a strong following.


‘Tribal material is seen as modern art’

01 April 2017

Why, aided by the search engine, ethnographica is assuming greater importance for regional rooms...


Getting right to the nib of the matter

01 April 2017

The wide-ranging sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) at Etwall on February 21 included a 20-lot section of fountain pens which offered a brief overview of this largely affordable area of collecting.


Toys for two generations

01 April 2017

From different centuries and different cultures – same surprising high results for these two toys offered at Tamlyns’ (18% buyer’s premium) sale at Bridgwater on February 15.


A Napoleonic sit down protest

01 April 2017

A fairly early example of a traditional way of insulting Britain’s enemies up to and including the Second World War, this early 19th century twin-handled chamber pot was rated at £2200 by bidders at Lockdales (18% buyer’s premium) at Ipswich.


A present from ‘Edinborough’

01 April 2017

Presumably the recipient, one Charles Salter of ‘Edinborough’, was pleased to receive to this 18th century green-glazed creamware presentation teapot in 1791.


Chiswick sees eastern promise

01 April 2017

As evidenced by prices recently recorded on these pages for Meiji and earlier material, collectors and dealers have been ahead of the City analysts currently looking at the revival of the Japanese stock exchange.


Taxidermy is hot stuff

25 March 2017

The taxidermy market continues to grow – particularly for showpiece lots such as the Bengal tiger’s head offered at Andrew Smith (19% buyer’s premium) of Winchester on February 8.


Parrots cabinet flies to £66,000

25 March 2017

Furniture takes a rare top spot despite numerous and varied delights at Dorchester auction


The quiet Royal Copenhagen market shows signs of stirring

25 March 2017

The £810,000 wucai fish at Fellows’ (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Birmingham on February 27 (ATG No 2282) overshadowed everything else on offer but there were a number of other areas of interest among the 1250 lots.


Putting art and soul into textiles

18 March 2017

Dealer on a mission to establish such works alongside more ‘serious’ collecting fields


Survey of the scientific sale scene

18 March 2017

Tennants’ (20/18.5/17.5% buyer’s premium) sale of Scientific and Musical Instruments, Cameras and Tools on February 17 included a rare brass altazimuth theodolite, signed by London instrument makers Heath and Wing. Estimated at just £300-400, it sold in its original box together with wooden tripod at £10,000.


Moorcroft connections help commercial fortunes

18 March 2017

This 7 x 4in (18 x 11cm) enamel plaque in a silvered frame (right) by Francis Arthur Edwardes is the work of the Duchess of Sutherland Cripples Guild – the metalware workshop set up to aid and educate the children of the Potteries.