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Continental silver becomes a growing presence in the provinces

29 April 2019

Underpinned by bids from the internet, silver from beyond the British Isles is these days a stronger feature of provincial sales.

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SILVER: Sale of the ‘Mambury Set’ of 10 James I apostle spoons tops the regional spring sales of antique silver

29 April 2019

Satirical magazine Private Eye once ran a series highlighting the fatuity of interviews by supposedly asking famous names their feelings towards spoons, there being nothing more mundane or less worthy of comment. But the appeal of an antique spoon to the cognoscenti is not difficult to appreciate.

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Elkington electroplated device impresses at Shrewsbury sale

29 April 2019

An Elkington electroplated duck press outsold silver proper at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury on March 20.

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Stuart Devlin's unique design proves a surprise nest egg at auction

29 April 2019

Two cased Stuart Devlin silver gilt surprise eggs of unique designs sold for £4400 at 1818 Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Milnthorpe on April 1.

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Kinsale marrow scoop is a cut above in Crewkerne

29 April 2019

On account of its relative scarcity, all Irish silver carries a premium. It is the pieces made in small provincial centres that are most highly prized.

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Snuff boxes and vinaigrettes sell out after emerging from longstanding collection at auction

29 April 2019

Offered as a sale within a sale, 34 silver snuff boxes and vinaigrettes came fresh to market at Lawrences’ April 9 sale after decades in a private collection.

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Intriguing histories bump up prices for silver lots at UK auctions

29 April 2019

After almost 50 years on public display in the silver galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a James I silver shell-form spice or sugar box was offered for sale at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis.

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Grima and Kutchinsky move into the mainstream

19 April 2019

At the turn of the 20th century, work by Italian émigré Andrew Grima (1921-2007) or the London jeweller Kutchinsky was on the periphery of the collecting world – still languishing in the bottom of jewellery boxes or, worse, the melting pot.

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Jewellery: Gold ring dedicated to the Crimean War commander who led the Light Brigade to its doom heads selection of recent jewellery highlights

19 April 2019

It was on the battlefield of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 that the name of James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan (1797-1868) first became etched into public memory.

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Victorian gold necklace shows cutting edge of the Grand Tour

19 April 2019

A Victorian hardstone and gold necklace and similar brooch sold for an unexpected £7500 (estimate £600-800) at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on April 11.

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Brooches: major players in 2019

19 April 2019

Seemingly, whatever fashion website or Instagram influencer you choose, the brooch is this season’s ‘on-trend’ accessory. One might argue that in the trade, demand for good period examples of this ‘forgotten’ or ‘old fashioned’ item of jewellery has never really gone away.

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Fouquet fresh as a daisy

19 April 2019

This French mother-of-pearl and gold pin formed as a daisy comes in a fitted box signed for George Fouquet (1862-1957).

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Farnham’s fragrant bloom points to late 19th century Tiffany

19 April 2019

Although unmarked, this gold, enamel and diamond brooch offered by Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) was almost certainly made by Tiffany in New York c.1890.

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Gallery unlocks secrets of Canadian photographer's once hidden talent at Photo London fair

15 April 2019

At 'Photo London' next month Robert Mann Gallery offers 'Academic Nude – Tower of Ivory' by the once forgotten Canadian photographer Margaret Watkins (1884-1969), who ensured her legacy with a secret trunk of works.

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Example of Auguste Adolphe Bertsch first sub-miniature camera offered at Flints Auctions

15 April 2019

In an age of cumbersome large photographical apparatus, the race was on in the mid-19th century to produce practical small, easily portable cameras.

Photographica 2019 is destination event for collectors

15 April 2019

Photographica 2019 is a destination for collectors of classic cameras. The fair hosts up to 135 tables for buying, selling and swapping classic and antique cameras from across the country.

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Gandolfi rarity among lots at Special Auction Services spring camera sale

15 April 2019

Special Auction Services regularly holds sales of photographic equipment cameras and photographs in its Newbury rooms.

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Early Bausch and Lomb camera bid to £2400 at Southgate Auction Rooms

15 April 2019

Zooming to a rather higher than predicted result in a collectables auction held earlier this month by Southgate Auction Rooms (20% buyer’s premium) was this camera and slides.

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Victorian photograph of the moon sells in an Irish auction

15 April 2019

A label to this 21 x 16½in (53 x 42cm) print reads 'Photograph of the Moon, taken by Prof Henry Draper, MD, with a silvered glass Telescope, Fifteen and a Half Inches Aperture, Hastings NY September 3rd 1863'.

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Photography pioneer pictures French city in 1840

15 April 2019

Philippe Fortuné Durand is regarded as the first professional photographer in France.

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