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Silver tureen salutes captain’s fighting spirit

28 October 2019

American naval expertise and gallantry came as a big shock to the British, who had become used to the Royal Navy ruling the waves.

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Strong private buying helps to fuel high hammer total and selling rate in Nottingham

14 October 2019

Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) added to the cautiously feel-good mood created by some highly successful autumn sales in the provinces when strong private buying brought impressive results across the board.

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A day on the tiles in Nottingham

23 September 2019

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society hosts its annual antique and collectable tile fair on Saturday October 5 at St Jude’s Hall, Mapperley, Nottingham.

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Wedgwood collection emerges from collector’s fairyland flat

15 July 2019

Visit by auctioneer to a regular auction-goer’s apartment uncovers Wedgwood collection.

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Romantic Russians in figure form

15 July 2019

The Patriotic War of 1812 stirred up powerful feelings of national pride in Russia.

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Pugin parliamentary letter box posts £4200

08 July 2019

On December 27, 1851, the architect Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860) wrote to Augustus Pugin (1812-52) with a progress report on the interior decoration of the Palace of Westminster.

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Pioneering 16th century French work dances its way to a five-figure auction result

13 May 2019

Pitched at £15,000-25,000, a rare 16th century French work made its lower estimate at Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium).

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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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Meiji-period cloisonné enamel vase heads back to Japan after auction in Kent

25 April 2019

A Meiji period vase by one of the greatest exponents of the intricate art of cloisonné enamel will be heading back to its country of origin after its sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Bids for Albert Ball VC’s crash landing

08 April 2019

Captain Albert Ball (1896-1917) is remembered as one of Britain’s greatest heroes of the skies. At the time of his death over Arras in the First World War, aged just 19, he had shot down at least 44 German planes and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

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Beyond Byron at the Harold Ward sale

25 February 2019

Collectables untouched by Byronmania but selling well at the Harold Ward auction at Mellors & Kirk on February 6-7 included a 19th century ‘Grand Tour’ Italian alabaster model of the Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, and a gold-mounted malacca walking cane engraved to the pommel with the 1816-37 royal arms.

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Byronmania grips bidders in extensive single-owner sale

25 February 2019

With the great country house contents sales of the past now largely a distant memory, single-owner collection sales have become the next-best thing.

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Lots linked to Lord Byron boost single-owner sale at Mellors & Kirk

18 February 2019

That rare beast – a good old-fashioned single-owner sale – is a format that seldom fails to produce decent results.

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Spoilum portrait sells at 19-times estimate in Nottingham

11 February 2019

An oval oil portrait painted by the Chinese artist Spoilum (fl.1785-1805) depicting Captain George Delanoe, a 1st Lieutenant and Commander of HMS Repulse, drew fervent interest at Mellors & Kirk's latest sale in Nottingham.

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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.

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Nottingham fair features decorative tiles

17 September 2018

Organised by specialist dealer Mark van Veen for the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, the annual tile fair will be held on Saturday, October 6, in Nottingham at St Jude’s Church, Mapperley.

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Rare Wycliffe takes £10,000 at Mellors & Kirk

21 May 2018

A 1731, first printed edition of Wycliffe’s 14th century English version of the New Testament was bid to a record £10,000 against an estimate of £200-300 in a recent Nottingham auction.

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Hitting on the stock of the Bay

30 October 2017

Virender and Paul Rose used to have a shop in Nottingham selling vintage and mid-century pieces. Three years ago they launched the 'Lady Bay Vintage and Midcentury Fair' held in June and November. It takes place at Nottingham Rugby Club in the popular Lady Bay suburb, south of the east Midlands city at West Bridgford.

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Auction offers original John Player tobacco adverts artwork

24 May 2017

Times change. While tobacco has now assumed a Social Evil status up there with North Korea, not so long ago children would be proudly displayed in an advert clutching a bunch of fags with the words ‘Mummy’s favourite’ underneath.

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Pick of the Week: First edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

10 April 2017

First editions of Jane Austen’s most popular book, Pride and Prejudice of 1813, in contemporary bindings don’t come along often. But one such prize – a copy with a rather distant but nonetheless attractive family link – appeared at Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham on March 22-23.