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At face value: how special valuation days can work best for auction houses

03 June 2024

What is the key combination for a successful valuation day? The right location, venue, welcoming atmosphere, format, frequency and recognisable hosts can all come into play, as the experts themselves tell ATG

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Memphis Milano made its mark

27 May 2024

The Memphis Miliano design movement was born on the evening of December 11, 1980, when architect-designer Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) invited young creators and architects to discuss the future of Italian ‘post-modern’ design.

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Classic turntables on the right track at Olympia Auctions

27 May 2024

Two classic 1970s record turntables have been consigned to the 20th Century Design sale at Olympia Auctions on September 20.

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Modern design: Why Pesce preferred the far from perfect

27 May 2024

Designer Gaetano Pesce liked ‘beauty full of mistakes’, an approach reflected in his playful creations

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Sponsor’s message: It’s a wonderful world

13 May 2024

Rupert Powell of Forum Auctions reflects on a busy year in the ‘stage-play’ of rare books

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Posters that steal the show

13 May 2024

Designs promoting exhibitions can be a great way to collect on a tight budget

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Second editions: Worth having second thoughts

13 May 2024

First editions are not always the be-all and end-all for collecting

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For poetical and practical purpose

13 May 2024

Ladies and gentlemen of the Georgian period carried not only prayer books and bibles, but also books of poems and the annual miniature almanacs containing practical information on everything from the phases of the moon to the currency exchange rates of Europe.

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Colour plate books: Around the world with Norman Bobins

13 May 2024

ATG takes a whistlestop tour of the globe via the greatest recent collection of colour plate travel and costume books

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Handy little bibles to thumb through

13 May 2024

The first ‘Thumb Bibles’, paraphrased or abridged versions of the good book, were published in the early 17th century – the London printer John Weever offering his 128- page An Agnus Dei, measuring just over 1in, in 1601.

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Miniature books: Small is indeed beautiful

13 May 2024

Small books have long been objects of wonder. The history of tiny type can be traced back to the smallest cuneiform clay tablets of ancient Mesopotamia or the diminutive papyrus codices treasured by Christians in Roman Egypt.

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Intourist: a journey of 30 years

13 May 2024

London dealership AntikBar brings a major collection of pieces relating to Intourist, the 20th century USSR travel company, to 'Firsts London' book fair.

Lessons in a collecting life

13 May 2024

Based on his own experiences and those of his clients, a seasoned rare books buyer offers advice on getting the most from the collecting journey

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Auction previews: Eye-catching lots to look out for

13 May 2024

A selection of stand-out lots coming up at a variety of auctions

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Events to look forward to: Firsts, London Map Fair, PBFA London and the Ephemera fair

13 May 2024

A wide range of dealers are set to offer a variety of items at upcoming fairs

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How Whistler became a prolific and powerful printmaker

13 May 2024

When James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) arrived in Paris in 1855 determined to pursue a career as an artist, printmaking was experiencing a revival.

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Collector interview: Tracking down detective works

13 May 2024

ATG meets Jeffrey Johnson, whose collection of classic ‘Whodunnits’ was recently on public display at the Grolier Club in New York

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Asian Art previews

06 May 2024

While the market-defining sales of Asian works of art are now held in New York and Hong Kong, the UK still holds its own.

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Cistern used for wine doubles up as racing trophy

22 April 2024

A substantial piece of Edwardian silver which has served both as a wine cistern and a racing trophy was the most expensive piece of silver in Tennants’ (24/20% buyer’s premium) dedicated auction of jewellery, watches and silver.

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Tortoise novelty silver could be a sound purchase

22 April 2024

A table bell was among the more sought-after lots in a dedicated 200-plus lot silver sale held by Roseberys (26/25/20% buyer’s premium) on March 20.

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