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Bishton Hall bidder catches rare Oysterdate

07 January 2019

Testament to a vibrant market for vintage Tudor wristwatches, a very scarce Oysterdate – the reference 7031 or ‘Homeplate’ – proved the star of Hansons’ Christmas auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

Joseph Trinder
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Penguin patties and seal cutlets on the menu of the British Antarctic Expedition midwinter feast now up at auction in remarkable archive

17 December 2018

Penguin patties, seal cutlets and roast reindeer - and lots of whisky - were on the menu for a famous midwinter celebration meal, followed by ‘Sledges at 12.30’.

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The new wave of dealers attending Newark to buy

17 December 2018

“What’s the death on this snuff mull?” asks Tom Hurst, a dealer in African and Oceanic art attending Newark to buy for his online shop and in preparation for his first stand at Tribal Art London in 2019.

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Overseas visitors look for Victorian value at Newark

17 December 2018

Though IACF Newark markets itself firmly as a trade fair, it ensures the public has access too, in particular die-hard collectors who similar to trade buyers, know the dealers they want to visit.

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‘Most of our clients want English antiques’

17 December 2018

Though the organisation IACF is best known by its acronym, it’s hard to forget what the initials stand for. AA road signs guiding drivers into the Newark showground emphasise the word ‘international’ and the fair is known for its ability to attract overseas trade buyers.

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5 Questions: Paul Garner

10 December 2018

Paul Garner of Garners Antiques has a showroom in Rutland which offers art, antiques and British handmade furniture.

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German doll looks pretty good in original clothes

10 December 2018

Despite some condition issues, such as composite body, right hand thumb missing and slight damage to fingers and feet, this bisque head Kämmer & Reinhardt 109 doll sold for £3900 at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) on November 23.

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Hop to it in Nottingham

10 December 2018

A regular stallholder at Arthur Swallow Fairs is Liam Woodgates, director of the Hopkinson Vintage Antique and Art Centre in Nottingham, where a corner display is pictured below.

Tiara

Police appeal for help to track down magnificent Portland tiara after robbery

28 November 2018

The police and the owners of a Cartier jewel-encrusted tiara are appealing for help to track it down after it was stolen from The Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

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ART MARKET: Make your escape to the country

19 November 2018

Spotlight on art offered at Bishton Hall on-site auction underlines appeal of a grand home.

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Engineer works out how to keep a torpedo straight

19 November 2018

It was a British engineer, Robert Whitehead (1823-1905) – working in Austria at the instigation of the Austrian Navy – who developed the first self-propelled torpedo in the 1850s.

Fire

Gas explosion causes blaze at Nottingham Cattle Market but auction house Arthur Johnson unaffected

05 November 2018

A blaze broke out in four buildings at Nottingham Cattle Market after gas cylinders exploded yesterday evening.

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Adam Smith first edition hidden under old cabinet offered in huge Bishton Hall auction

05 November 2018

The last-minute discovery of a 1776 first edition of Adam Smith’s '…Wealth of Nations' was a magical, unforgettable moment for a Derbyshire saleroom’s book specialist.

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Tompion strikes a £200,000 note in Staffordshire

22 October 2018

A portable table clock by Thomas Tompion sold for a top-estimate £200,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) as part of a mixed-owner sale conducted by Hansons at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Two become one: Fair organisers react as Arthur Swallow Fairs shift to single-day events

22 October 2018

Schedule change for Lincolnshire Showground marks a shift in strategy but other organisers are more cautious.

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Where to be: Five auctions and fairs in the Midlands next week

19 October 2018

Next week's Midlands events include the next edition of IACF's Bingley Hall Antiques and Collectors fair and a technology auction.

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Signature of John Sell Cotman is key note to £20,000 result

15 October 2018

This watercolour bearing the signature of Norwich School artist John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) attracted a flurry of bids when it went under the hammer in Nottingham.

Buxton fair having a ball once again

15 October 2018

The long-awaited relaunch of Halcyon Fairs’ antiques fair at the restored Victorian Octagon ballroom in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens has finally arrived.

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Setting the clock for IACF Newark

01 October 2018

British Horological Institute among exhibitors for ‘biggest of the year’ October showground fair.

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