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Jewellery: Designs evoking the new expression of the early 20th century

29 June 2020

Jewellery provided one of the great expressions of the Art Nouveau style. Here ATG reports on four exceptional items made in four different countries in the early years of the 20th century

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Sarah Bernhardt: jewels from the first global celebrity, quand même

29 June 2020

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) – the first actress to achieve worldwide celebrity – continues to command attention as her work on stage and screen fades into the distant past.

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Intaglios cutting a deeper impression and making higher prices

29 June 2020

Interest in glyphic art, that reached its collecting apogee during Grand Tour collecting, is resurgent once more.

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Mourning ring remembering William who drowned in Blackpool brings strong bidding

29 June 2020

This George III mourning ring is engraved 'W’m Tipping, aged 17, died 23 Aug, 1792'. He drowned while bathing in the sea at Blackpool.

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An upbeat market during lockdown

29 June 2020

The hunger among buyers to acquire good quality jewellery stayed strong during lockdown, writes John Benjamin.

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Going Dutch on 232 guilders

29 June 2020

Not only does this Dutch 18ct gold and white carnelian demi-parure c.1820 include a period case but the original handwritten invoice from 1824 survives.

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Jewels of the Egyptian 12th Dynasty emerge in Cambridge sale

29 June 2020

Archaeological discoveries were a continuous source of inspiration for jewellery in the 19th century. Ancient goldsmithing techniques were studied and relearned. Jewels found during excavations of Roman, Egyptian, Hellenistic and particularly Etruscan sites were copied or reinterpreted.

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Fringe benefits for Bromley diamonds

29 June 2020

Among the many successful online-only jewellery auctions that took place during the lockdown was that held by Bromley-based saleroom Catherine Southon (18% buyer’s premium), writes John Benjamin.

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Lenfant roars as retro brooch sells in Notting Hill auction

29 June 2020

Georges Lenfant is one of the many unsung titans of the jewellery trade – a Paris workshop pioneering jewellery craftsmanship in the 20th century that produced jewels for the big brand names of the Place Vendôme, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Mellerio dits Meller.

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Cartier brings colour to the Depression

29 June 2020

A recent sale at Dorotheum (28/25/22% buyer’s premium) in Vienna was topped by this spectacular diamond and aquamarine tiara-necklace by Cartier London.

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The enduring appeal of the 19th century revivalism

29 June 2020

The Etruscan revival, that followed in the wake of the discovery of ancient gold jewellery in the 1830s, was the first and most popular of all the historical styles embraced by jewellers of the Victorian period.

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Militaria: Bismarck’s visor cap leads auction selection of military uniforms

22 June 2020

Military uniforms reached their ornamental peak in the 19th century Western Europe – with the leaders of the day sharing in their ostentation

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Collector interview: Longcase launched my interest

22 June 2020

Devon artist’s first buy is still his most precious – but joined by tables, militaria and much more

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Painting of Battle of the Nile veteran’s fundraiser emerges at Charles Miller

22 June 2020

Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of the Nile was the 'Vanguard'. An oil on canvas coming up at Charles Miller’s July 7 auction in west London features a very unusual portrayal of this vessel.

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Bidding contest for Nelson letter from HMS Victory and medal group from Battle of the Nile

22 June 2020

A signed memorandum letter sent by Nelson from HMS Victory to one of his captains sold for a mid-estimate £3200 at a recent TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Diss in Norfolk.

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Medal awarded to Victorian soldier wounded at Rorke’s Drift sells to doctor at auction

22 June 2020

A Zulu War medal awarded to a Victorian soldier severely wounded while fighting in the hospital building at Rorke’s Drift has been bought at auction – by a doctor.

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The other evacuation at the time of Dunkirk

22 June 2020

The 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, aka the Dunkirk evacuation in May-June 1940, has been in the headlines recently. However, less well known is the fate of the British 51st Highland Division almost 100 miles further along the French coast.

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American collector secures original Second World War RAF ensign flag

22 June 2020

An American collector bought this original Second World War RAF ensign flag at a recent East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Watches: More left in the Tank – Cartier’s most famous watch

15 June 2020

Over a century old, Cartier’s most famous watch is seemingly ubiquitous on the market. But pre-war examples of the Tank are scarcer than one might imagine.

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Heuer races to a fine finish

15 June 2020

The Heuer Monaco, the world’s first automatic chronograph with a square case, was launched at the Basel fair in 1969 with the retail price set at $200.

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