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Caughley namechecks Mr Berridge

04 May 2020

Made within 20 miles of Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Shrewsbury rooms, 76 lots of mid to late-18th century Caughley soft paste porcelain from two local collections attracted countrywide bidding.

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Remarkable Rice collection of porcelain dispersed at Gorringe’s

04 May 2020

Across the past 13 months Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) in Lewes has dispersed the remarkable assemblage of English porcelain formed by the collector and academic Dr Dennis G Rice.

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Meissen Whiplash dinner service catches the eye at Freeman’s

04 May 2020

Freeman’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Philadelphia opened its latest Design sale with a Meissen Whiplash dinner service designed in 1903-4 by Henry Van de Velde, the Belgian Art Nouveau architect and designer.

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Maltese connection lifts maiolica storage jar

04 May 2020

The latest Fine Interiors sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) included among the opening lots this large 22in (54cm) high maiolica storage jar.

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Collection of English drinking glasses emerge in Virginia

04 May 2020

Jeffrey S Evans’ spring sale of 18th and 19th century glassware and lighting takes place in Mount Crawford, Virginia. It includes a collection of more than 100 18th and 19th century English drinking glasses, to be offered unreserved on May 20.

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Welsh wonderland of ceramics manufacturers

04 May 2020

From Ewenny to Llanelly, Nantgarw and Swansea, ceramics produced in the region over many years is a strong feature of this market.

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'Durham Ox' plate among super Staffordshire pottery selection in Michigan

04 May 2020

Schmidt’s Antiques’ next ceramics auction in Ypsilanti, Michigan, will be on June 6 and features a wide range of English and Continental pottery and porcelain from Britain, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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Von Brühl’s tailor rides his goat and fabled groups add a light touch

04 May 2020

By tradition, Count Heinrich von Brühl (1700-63), chief minister and favourite to Augustus III, was a man famed for his fashion sense. His tailor was thus an important part of his entourage.

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Pair of platform souls provides surprise top price at Sotheby's

04 May 2020

Ceramics, both English and Continental from the 18th century through to modern pieces, were one of several elements featured in the most recent Style auction held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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Staffordshire and Wedgwood pieces offered in Belgium

04 May 2020

Staffordshire blue and white ware, figures and Leeds creamware will be among a selection of English ceramics featured in Maison Jules’ large mixed-discipline auction of art, antiques and vintage items to be held online over three days from May 16-18 in Gent, Belgium.

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Clive Stewart-Lockhart – the next chapter

13 April 2020

Believing there’s room for impartial art advice from an auction veteran, Clive Stewart-Lockhart has left Woolley & Wallis to embark on one last career move. Noelle McElhatton went to hear his plans ahead of the current Covid-19 lockdown

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Clive Stewart-Lockhart – Down memory lane

13 April 2020

This photo was taken at the July 1992 sale of the contents of Sunnyclose, near Henley-on-Thames.

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Clive Stewart-Lockhart – My gavel moments

13 April 2020

Clive Stewart-Lockhart recalls memorable sales, including one ‘barn find’ with a difference, across his 45-plus years as an auctioneer

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Jewellery on offer online from dealers: a showcase

30 March 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, ‘non-essential’ businesses such as antique shops, centres and galleries have been closed since last Tuesday. However, many dealerships are very much ‘open’, working at home and trading via email and websites. Pictured here is a selection of fine pieces of period jewellery for sale today.

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The minaudière from Mr Arpels

30 March 2020

The minaudière, a case for storing several personal items in a small space, first appeared during the 1930s.

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How old values still stand firm today

30 March 2020

Three Victorian bangles were among the most popular lots of Dreweatts’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objects of Vertu.

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Natural topaz commands a premium at Barbara Kirk

30 March 2020

Topaz in its natural state is a golden brown to yellow, a characteristic which means it is sometimes confused with the less valuable gemstone citrine.

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A ‘sing-song’ for the inventive James Cox

30 March 2020

The London entrepreneur James Cox (c.1723-1800) is best known as a specialist in the intricate clockwork curios encrusted with gold, silver and jewel, referred to as ‘sing-songs.’

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A collection of Georgian and Victorian jewellery to remember

30 March 2020

A recent Stroud Auctions sale featured a private collection of more than 120 pieces of Georgian and Victorian jewellery. Most were rings, among them many examples of mourning jewellery in a wide range of forms and materials.

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Eros and the grasshopper

30 March 2020

This Grand Tour-era ring sold at Great Western Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow features an unusual banded carnelian intaglio carved with a putti holding the leg of a large grasshopper.

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