Pick of the Week


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Pick of the week: Rarities point to the mystery Compass factory

18 March 2019

Three models from an English porcelain factory about which almost nothing is known surfaced for sale in East Sussex last week.

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Pick of the week: Sumptuous marquetry table cabinet makes its mark at Fonsie Mealy auction

11 March 2019

Although catalogued as 18th century, this marquetry table cabinet – sold for a multi-estimate sum in Ireland last week – is more probably late 16th or early 17th century.

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Pick of the week: Quilt from a life of cold comfort sells to Bowes Museum at Tennants' auction

04 March 2019

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle was among the buyers when Tennants sold 13 quilts that belonged to Durham hill farmer Hannah Hauxwell (1926-2018) on February 9.

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Pick of the week: 18th century pocket watch by Henry Cowper bought for £1 proves a profitable investment

25 February 2019

An 18th century pocket watch by Gibraltarian goldsmith Henry Cowper emerged for sale at Rowley’s auction house in Ely. It belonged to a Lincolnshire private collector who bought it over 50 years ago for £1 from a former resident of the Rock.

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Pick of the week: Maker’s great-grandson buys back model steam engine for family from UK dealer

18 February 2019

An exceptional Victorian scratch-built model steam engine has returned home after the maker’s great-grandson bought it from UK dealer Vavasseur Antiques.

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Pick of the week: Sledge from Shackleton's Antarctic expedition takes £115,000 at Bonhams

11 February 2019

A sledge from the first expedition to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton sold for £115,000 in Bonhams’ Travel and Exploration sale on February 6.

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Pick of the week: The floral shell shock

04 February 2019

Lovely bunch of blooms? A closer look reveals Irish Quaker’s conchological talent...

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Pick of the week: English tin-glazed earthenware cat jug claws its way to new owner

28 January 2019

The precise function of the series of English tin-glazed earthenware seated cat jugs common to the 1650s-70s is unknown but, as many are dated and initialled, they may have been given as marriage or betrothal gifts.

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Pick of the Week: Captain Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic provides cracking polar selection at Stroud

21 January 2019

Ephemera, photos and, remarkably, a penguin egg relating to Captain Robert Scott’s ill-fated 'Terra Nova' Expedition to the Antarctic in 1910 were eagerly contested in the room, on the phone and online at Stroud Auction Rooms’ latest sale.

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Pick of the week: US celebration of English silver on New Year’s Day

07 January 2019

Auctions on New Year’s Day are a tradition in regional North America. The sale at Nadeau’s in Windsor, Connecticut, on the first day of 2019 included a collection of 17th and 18th century English silver that had been given to Yale University in 1896 in memory of a former alumnus, the Pennsylvania coal baron James Browne Neale.

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Pick of the week: Rare Louis Vuitton travel trunk full of interest

21 December 2018

“Every specialist has an object that they dream of having in their sales,” says Matthew Rubinger, Christie’s head of handbags and accessories. “For me, it’s the aluminium Explorer trunk by Louis Vuitton. The market is full of silver-coloured metal trunks, but this piece is their inspiration.”

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Pick of the week: Precocious Pugin showcased by Windsor Castle work aged 15

17 December 2018

A table designed by a teenaged Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) for Windsor Castle sold for £23,500 (plus 21% buyer’s premium) at Gorringe’s of Lewes on December 4.

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Pick of the week: Lucas van Leyden drawing from Rugby School’s historic collection leads Old Master auction series in London

10 December 2018

The highlight of the latest series of Old Master sales in London was not a painting this time around but a rare work on paper by an enigmatic draughtsman.

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Pick of the Week: Rare 1920s Robert Thompson dining suite with early features shines at Doncaster sale

03 December 2018

Capping a vintage year for prime-period Mouseman furniture, a dining suite attracted huge interest when offered for sale in Yorkshire recently.

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Pick of the Week: Lalique buckle is auction belter at Tennants

26 November 2018

An unusual belt buckle by the Parisian jeweller and glass maker René Lalique which had been worn by the vendor throughout her nursing career has sold for £19,000 at a North Yorkshire auction.

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Pick of the Week: Late Renaissance novelty that turns water into wine

19 November 2018

Of all the types of playful drinking cups or trinkspiel made by Dutch and German goldsmiths during the 16th and 17th centuries, the example offered by Sotheby’s in Paris last week was surely the most elaborate.

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Pick of the Week: X-ray vision for Soame Jenyns collection at Christie's

12 November 2018

Proof once more of the allure of market-fresh goods, the collection of Roger Soame Jenyns (1904-76) excelled at Christie’s Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale.

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Assyrian relief sets second-highest price for ancient art at Christie’s New York despite Iraq’s repatriation call

01 November 2018

An Assyrian relief unearthed from the royal palace at Nimrud in modern-day Iraq has set the second highest ever price for a piece of ancient art at auction after selling at Christie’s New York.

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Pick of the Week: Sampler soars to £14,000 result

29 October 2018

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils of the orphanages, asylums and charity schools of the Georgian and Victorian eras.

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Pick of the Week: Audubon gun at auction is blast from the past

22 October 2018

Was this the gun that John James Audubon (1785-1851) used to create the world’s most expensive natural history book?

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