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Hastings silver leaves its native Norfolk

13 January 2020

The sale at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge on December 12 included a cache of Victorian and earlier silver from the collection of Delaval Astley, 23rd Baron Hastings (b.1960).

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Sales offering an international line-up of lots highlight global appeal of provincial auctions

06 January 2020

Provincial by geography but far from provincial in outlook, auction houses from Essex to the Yorkshire Dales underlined the international nature of their trade at recent auctions. Cosmopolitanism covered both what was on offer and who was buying.

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Sporting scenes tracked down by eager buyers

28 December 2019

Several 19th and 20th century sporting paintings from named estates provided a healthy boost at two regional salerooms.

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Second ‘lost’ Marlborough gem sparkles in Cambridge

23 December 2019

An intaglio ring became the second of the ‘lost’ Marlborough jewels to surface at auction in 2019 when it sold for £36,000 (plus 22.5% premium) in Cambridge.

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Medals make a fine lifesaving tribute

23 December 2019

A story of extraordinary peacetime gallantry of a Cumbrian seaman turned coalminer was at the heart of a group of medals, photographs and press cuttings offered at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) at Colchester on November 28.

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Vincennes rarity in Norfolk

16 December 2019

Although catalogued as Sèvres, a porcelain cup and saucer sold by Keys (20% buyer’s premium) of Aylsham for an unexpected £5500 (estimate £100-200) on November 27 was by the factory’s precursor at Vincennes. The saucer had the date letter A for c.1754 and the cup B for c.1755.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £900 including a Herbert Thomas Dicksee polar bear print

16 December 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Herbert Thomas Dicksee polar bear print.

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Engravings succeed through thick and thin

16 December 2019

A pair of engravings after Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-69) sold for more than six-times estimate at auction in Essex.

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Job lots of tiles with specific draw

16 December 2019

Two mixed lots of Victorian dust-pressed tiles sold for multi-estimate sums at Mander (24% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Sudbury on November 30. Key to their appeal were the inclusion of near sets of tiles made by Minton Hollins & Co to designs by Arts & Crafts luminaries.

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Pick of the week: Corking silver piece of Irish rebel memorabilia

09 December 2019

This rare piece of Cork silver of Irish Republican interest sold for £4000 (plus 23% premium) at Sworders latest sale.

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Silver table toppers draw strong trade interest

02 December 2019

Exuding the exuberant confidence of pre-1914 Britain, this 21in (52cm) long silver table centrepiece, below, was a natural target for the London trade at the Anthemion (17.5% buyer’s premium) November 20 sale in Cardiff.

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Georgian candle stand in the spotlight at Christmas exhibition in Suffolk

02 December 2019

One of the rarest pieces in Suffolk House Antiques’ Christmas selling exhibition is a Georgian candle stand in fruitwood and elm. The back would have protected the flame so that the person using it would have uninterrupted light even in a draughty house. Examples bearing the original backs do not always show up intact.

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Battle of the sexes: opposing sides of the Suffragette struggle

02 December 2019

Less often seen than Suffragette propaganda and considerably less PC these days, a brass and enamel fob badge for the National League for Opposing Woman had its international admirers at Ipswich auction house Lockdales (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Little Vintage Lover Fairs heads back to the Norfolk coast

25 November 2019

Launched in Norfolk 10 years ago by local Zoe Keegan, the Little Vintage Lover Fairs team will be back at the same venue where it all started in the pretty coastal village of Blakeney for the winter Christmas fair on Sunday, December 1, at the village hall.

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Local antique dealers organise Christmas brocante in Suffolk

25 November 2019

The regular Halesworth Brocante runs in the Old Print Works on Saturday, December 7, the same day as the Christmas market in the small market town in north Suffolk, 10 miles from the coast.

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Create a scandalous collection

18 November 2019

The intriguing name for Benjamin Smith’s Norfolk business came from an ink sgraffito painting he bought at Spitalfields antiques market.

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Stannard stands out in saleroom

11 November 2019

Focus on one of only two notable women painters to be associated with the Norwich School.

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Brief histories of time

11 November 2019

This unassuming Grana military issue c.1945 shown below forms part of the so-called Dirty Dozen wristwatches made by 12 Swiss manufacturers for the British army.

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‘One of the best’ by Arnesby Brown

11 November 2019

Like John Constable before him, the 19th century painter John Arnesby Brown (1866-1955) found endless inspiration in the low horizons and expansive skies of East Anglia. He was also interested in light and atmosphere and the effect of sunshine and shadow on the landscape.

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Cedric Morris' pupil David Carr creates his own interest

04 November 2019

Morris record takes the headlines but his pupil is also in demand at same sale.

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