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Interiors on offer inside a shop

06 February 2023

Up till now antiques dealer Philip Crosthwaite has belonged to a happy band of dealers who run their online businesses from home.

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Nineteenth century sculpture: evil genius and equestrian elegance

30 January 2023

Focus on two contrasting sculptures from the same era by Feuchere and Boehm sold in recent auctions

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Ray Bradbury double offering

30 January 2023

Lot offers US editions of two science-fiction and fantasy classics by the US writer

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The web shop window: Victorian reclining armchair

30 January 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Poignant reminder of home front perils in the Second World War

23 January 2023

A rare Second World War helmet worn by members of a little-known unit of the UK home front comes for sale at Sworders on February 7.

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Stiff competition at Suffolk sales indicates strength of Staffordshire pottery market

09 January 2023

Collectors of Staffordshire have noted a number of higher prices of late and further evidence of a more active market came when a pair of Victorian Staffordshire flatback figures was offered by Lacy, Scott & Knight (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Letter details horrors of ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’

09 January 2023

Thought by the auction house to be an early copy, a letter that details the horrors of the ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’ in 1756 was sold for £2900.

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Noble resident of County Wicklow for around 150 years

09 January 2023

A portrait of a noblewoman catalogued as by a follower of Frans Pourbus the Younger, dated 1615, emerged as one of the highlights at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge.

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St Albans event still going strong after five years

02 January 2023

Antiques street markets have a vibe all their own. Jennifer Titmuss of Corky Events runs her monthly antiques and vintage markets in St Albans and Chiswick and both are doing well, with the St Albans event now in its fifth year and going strong.

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Thai 10 Baht now worth £12,000

19 December 2022

This Thailand 10 Baht note appears to be a printer’s design that was unissued.

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Panini Mexico 70 stickers are the pick of the bunch

19 December 2022

The Panini company, founded by two brothers in Modena in 1961, began life producing football cards of Serie A teams.

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Pick of the week: EH Shepard's Wind in the Willows drawing sells with a swagger at auction

19 December 2022

Since its first publication in 1908, Kenneth Grahame’s 'The Wind in the Willows' has appeared in various editions and reprints illustrated by nearly 50 artists.

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Ugly, venomous but proves so precious

12 December 2022

Found by head of department Catriona Smith in a box of mixed jewellery, this rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring came for sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

Martin Brothers' spoon warmer

Martin Brothers' grotesque grinner is a winner at auction

05 December 2022

An old family collection of Martin Brothers stonewares, assembled with purchases from the Southall potters in the late 19th and early 20th century, was offered in Cambridgeshire.

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Baer necessities held back from the main Essex sale

05 December 2022

While the main paintings from the collection of dealer Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana were sold at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) at the end of September (see ATG No 2564), a group of around 50 works on paper were held back and offered at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom’s latest Homes and Interiors online auction.

IACF Alexandra Palace

It’s farewell Ally Pally, but a heartfelt welcome to Redbourn

05 December 2022

IACF calls time at north London venue and launches an event just to the north

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Holy automatons, Batman – it’s a Japanese robot!

05 December 2022

Nomura was one of the biggest Japanese toy makers post-war and is now particularly renowned among collectors for mechanical toys such as robots.

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Is Small now hitting the big time?

28 November 2022

When coming across a female artist who was once quite recognised but now is rather little known, buyers today automatically ask the question: ‘Is she undervalued?’

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A £24,000 bid leads the Lionel Edwards hunt

28 November 2022

Among a number of sporting pictures generating decent interest at recent sales, this autumn Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) posted the highest auction price for the hunting specialist Lionel Edwards (1878-1966) in over 12 years.

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Set sail and roll out the seven barrels

28 November 2022

On account of its extraordinary appearance, the Nock seven-barrelled flintlock volley gun has become something of an icon of warfare in the Age of Sail.

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