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London and the world in focus at auction including an 18th century map of the capital

03 December 2018

Large-scale 18th century map of the capital joins a wider global outlook at auction...

Monkeys

Silver and glass menagerie – First bite of extensive collection of animal decanters sells at Essex auction house

26 November 2018

One half of an extensive single-owner collection of novelty Victorian and Edwardian silver and glass animal objects went under the hammer at Reeman Dansie’s two-day sale in Colchester last week.

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Art Fair East – Norwich sets world view

26 November 2018

For its fourth year, Art Fair East comes to Norwich.

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Guild edged Arts & Crafts at Stacey’s auction

26 November 2018

This classical Guild of Handicrafts bowl, below, underlined the popularity of Arts & Crafts silver when offered by Essex auction house Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Life’s a picnic in Cambridge as Garrard & Co cases come to auction

26 November 2018

Catalogued as a ‘travelling ensemble’ these two oak fitted cases of silver tableware, below, conjure up images of lavish inter-war era picnics.

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Andrew Singleton to offer portrait of Uncle Tom Cobley from Widecombe Fair song

26 November 2018

A portrait of Thomas Cobley Gent of Buttsford, Colebrooke (d.1844), is believed to portray ‘Old Uncle Tom Cobley’, from the tradition song Widecombe Fair, as a young boy.

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Silver tea service was the height of fashion

26 November 2018

Following the wake of the influential 1862 International Exhibition in London (when Japanese art first reached a wide British audience), this tea service below would have been the height of fashion when it was made by Richard Martin and Ebenezer Hall in 1879.

Crocodile

Animal magic at Colchester auction house as a crocodile, cockatoo and walrus file into saleroom

20 November 2018

A menagerie of claret jugs, pepperettes, whisky tots and scent bottles is being offered for sale in Essex today.

Tim Wonnacott

Former Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott to auction his own personal collection

13 November 2018

Tim Wonnacott is to auction his collection of more than 250 items at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet next month.

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Great Leap Forward for Mao’s artist-decorated porcelain

12 November 2018

Strong bidding for the best Republic period porcelain has become a familiar sight at Asian art sales. Less often observed is the newer enthusiasm for artist-decorated wares from the early years of the People’s Republic.

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Artist Alfred Priest makes a show splash

12 November 2018

A marine scene by Alfred Priest (1810-50) is among the highlights at English and Continental Antiques’ final exhibition of the year.

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Timely Cartier lot at Sworders

12 November 2018

The Fine Jewellery and Watches auction at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on November 20 will include this Cartier Art Deco rose-cut diamond, black and white enamel and seed pearl-set pendant watch, c.1915.

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Little Vintage Lover Fairs back in Norwich this month

05 November 2018

Little Vintage Lover Fairs, aka Zoe Durrant, runs events at venues across Norfolk including the privately owned village of Heydon, near Norwich.

First edition of a worldly work on offer in Essex

29 October 2018

A handful of copies of Robert Morden’s 'Geography Rectified, or a Description of the World' have made a little more at auction than a 1680 copy offered in a Stacey’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale of September 10 – but all bar one of them were second or third editions of 1688 and 1693.

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Another Stalin death mask emerges

29 October 2018

Two secular icons of pre- and post-Revolutionary Russia provided the highlights at Lockdales (18% buyer’ s premium) of Ipswich.

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The count rides into auction yet again

29 October 2018

The appearance of the 19th century Meissen figure based on Kaendler’s original Count Bruhl’s Tailor begins to bring to mind Monty Python’s Green Knight as he rides undaunted into UK auctions despite his increasingly battered state.

George Soper

Fundraising plea to build Suffolk gallery for archive of artworks by Enid Blyton illustrator and her family

23 October 2018

A charitable trust formed to promote the art of The Soper Family is seeking funding to build a home for the archive.

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Benchmark prices for Horlicks’ ‘prime period’ Mouseman

15 October 2018

The Horlicks collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture was sold at Sworders’ auction for £236,000.

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Garden by a Churchyard

15 October 2018

View of a Garden by Thomas Churchyard of Woodbridge (1798-1865) is offered for £1400 in the exhibition Artist on the Deben, which features 19th century Suffolk artists.

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Collecting field to relight the fire

08 October 2018

Despite the fact that smoking cigarettes has been ostracised, the rise in interest for vintage smoking paraphernalia has increased.

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