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Contents of grand Cotswolds home create auction result right at the top of expectations

12 August 2019

Private buying dominated as Essex saleroom Sworders (23% buyer’s premium) offered the selected contents of a Cotswold manor house.

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Chinese vase sleeper awakens with £200,000 bid at Felixstowe auction

05 August 2019

There was high drama at the small Suffolk saleroom of Diamond Mills when a Chinese vase estimated at just £100-150 sold in the room at £200,000.

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Bottoms up in Hatfield

05 August 2019

Art in Clay Hatfield has been running for 25 years and is regarded as one of the most important ceramic and pottery festivals in Europe.

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Flemish artist flourishes in Essex sale

22 July 2019

The Flemish post-Impressionist Emile Claus (1849-1924) embraced the prevailing taste for plein-air painting when he moved to the village of Astene by the river Lys in 1883.

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Turner’s Walton Bridges heads to Norwich Castle after being saved for the nation

19 July 2019

JMW Turner’s oil painting ‘Walton Bridges’ which sold at Sotheby’s in July last year has been bought for the nation after funding was secured by Norfolk Museums Service.

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How a saleroom can get into the right groove to offer an amphibious vehicle and a 12m sofa

17 July 2019

As an auction house, what sale format do you squeeze an amphibious vehicle or a 12m long sofa into? When it comes to the ‘weird and wonderful’, auctioneers often face a challenge.

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Out and about at street events in Beccles and Bungay

15 July 2019

Focus on two antiques street fairs/markets in Suffolk held in July and August.

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The late 19th century finds fashion favour

15 July 2019

Pieces from the late 19th century, a vibrant but occasionally derided moment in the history of the decorative arts, provided many of the highlights to Sworders’ summer Fine Interiors sale in Stansted Montfitchet.

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Serene Seago Thames scene is a Suffolk star

01 July 2019

An Edward Seago painting, The Thames at Henley, is among the highlights at the annual summer sale held at Thomson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh.

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Sister among brothers in arms

01 July 2019

The story of a woman who bound her chest with sacking and cotton, cut her hair and dyed her skin using furniture polish to get to the Western Front is one of the highlights at Norwich Book Fair.

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Chinese vase and trinket make multi-estimate prices after emerging at regional auctions

01 July 2019

Catalogued as a ‘tin glazed hand painted Chinese vase – 17in (42cm) tall’ and estimated at £50-80, a late 17th century Kangxi period famille verte porcelain vase of waisted trumpet form sold on June 22 for a healthier £12,000 – 150 times the top estimate.

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Appeal to trade to help find bronze statue stolen from Bedfordshire church

26 June 2019

A bronze statue of St Michael the Archangel that had previously been taken 19 years ago has been stolen again from its place at the top of a war memorial in the churchyard of St John the Baptist Church in Eversholt, Bedfordshire.

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Organiser IACF expands with Peterborough antiques fair purchase

17 June 2019

The International Antiques & Collectors Fair (IACF) has added the Peterborough Festival of Antiques to its extensive portfolio.

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Burne-Jones sketches head to Delaware museum via Cambridge

17 June 2019

Two studies by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones for his 1868 oil Hymenaeus will soon be reunited with the finished painting.

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Portrait of Augustus John’s painterly daughter brings bidding in Cambridge

17 June 2019

A portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his daughter Gwyneth Johnstone attracted keen attention at auction in Cambridge last week.

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Windsor House Antiques sells stock in Cambridge Auction

11 June 2019

Kevin Smith, owner of Windsor House Antiques, has consigned items of excess stock from the business to Cheffins Fine Art for its sale later this month.

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Norfolk dealer offers Georgian mahogany bracket clock by John Scott

10 June 2019

This c.1790 Georgian mahogany bracket clock by John Scott is among the stock of Olde Time Fine Antique Clocks & Barometers, which holds its second open weekend this summer.

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Burne-Jones bares his soul in heartfelt letters offered at Cheffins' auction

03 June 2019

Tender letters from artist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones to the daughter of his patron reveal the “emotional support” he craved.

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Collectors tune into Diss sale for mechanical music delights

03 June 2019

Best-seller and one of the biggest surprises at the white-glove sale of a mechanical music collection was a musical box, the catalogue entry of which could be summarised as ‘famous name, doesn’t work’.

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Pet food signs serve up tasty sums

03 June 2019

Coming fresh to market from a corn merchant’s shop, seven early/mid- 20th century enamel signs extolling Spratt’s pet food for dogs, cats and canaries attracted UK collectors to Bishop & Miller’s (20% buyer’s premium) Stowmarket sale on May 17.

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