Giacometti drawings emerge from the dust

14 August 2017

Cheffins of Cambridge is offering two drawings by Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) at auction on October 12.


Auction records for Dunbar and Garwood at Cheffins' latest Art & Design sale

16 May 2017

A keen buyer at Cheffins’ Art & Design sale helped set two auction records for British artists Eileen Lucy ‘Tirzah’ Garwood and Evelyn Dunbar.


Rolls-Royce owned by The Who musician and Chariots of Fire composer comes up for auction

22 March 2017

A 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III DHC ‘Chinese Eye’ with a musical pedigree comes under the hammer at H&H Classics next week.

Gold torc

Museums offered chance to buy metal detectorist’s Bronze Age gold torc

29 November 2016

A 3000-year old torc found in a field in east Cambridgeshire is one of the largest and heaviest to be unearthed in the UK.

Mirror frame

Dealer helps Fitzwilliam track down trophy mirror in France

21 November 2016

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge hopes to raise the final £65,000 needed to buy a 17th century gilded mirror frame for its collection.

Karl Rutterford

Online vintage firm named after owner’s baby now opens a shop

23 September 2016

Back in November 2015 Karl Rutterford declared himself ‘overwhelmed’ when he talked to me about the launch of his online vintage website – named after his then one-year-old son Ralph – with its emphasis on fairground art and branding.

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Michelangelo claim: there’s more to come say Fitzwilliam

16 February 2015

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge have promised to reveal more evidence backing the attribution to Michelangelo of a pair of bronze figures of two nude males riding panthers.

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On the £7500 scent of James Giles

03 June 2014

Trading from the Arts Museum in Cockspur Street, the famous James Giles (1718-80) china and glass decorating atelier produced an enormous diversity of bijouterie for the London luxury trade.

Fitzwilliam raid – new charge

09 January 2013

A fifth person has been charged in connection to the theft of 18 Chinese artefacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.


Superior motorbike takes record sum at auction

29 October 2012

Setting an auction record for a motorcycle, this 1922 Brough Superior, known to all as ‘Old Bill’, sold for £260,000 last week.


Thieves break into saleroom and take lots awaiting collection

14 March 2011

ON the evening of Tuesday, March 1 thieves broke into Willingham Auctions and stole four fruit-decorated Royal Worcester vases.


Brought to heel for £8800

09 August 2010

EXCITING plenty of bidding against its £500-800 estimate at Ely-based saleroom Rowley's was this rare 9in (22.5cm) early 17th century engraved horn shoehorn.

Cambridgeshire saleroom changes name

08 May 2007

Cambridgeshire saleroom Grounds & Co has changed its name to Clifford Cross Auctions.



22 May 2006

“This bureau was bought by my Great Grandfather, John Stuart, at the sale of Deacon Brodie’s stock in trade after his execution, W.M. Stuart, the Hummel, Gullane, 18.10.28.”


Bishop fair makes its mark as glass scene gets clearer

14 February 2005

JUST a couple of years ago, specialist glass fairs were proliferating. That frenzy seems to have settled down of late, probably because the serious glass dealers understandably are getting choosy. But one that increasingly is making its mark is the Cambridge Glass Fair, organised by Paul Bishop under the name Oxbridge Fairs, which will be held for the fifth time this Sunday (February 20) at Chilford Hall Vineyard, Linton, Cambridgeshire.


2005 sales start here with the book that lost William Prynne his liberty, and his ears

25 January 2005

BOOKS, playbills and pictures from a collection formed by the late Gerald Tyler, an amateur actor and producer with the Leeds and Bradford Civic Theatres, founding chairman of the British Children’s Theatre Association and a man who was active in drama education, formed part of a January 8 sale held by Rowley Fine Art of Ely.


Nelson twice remembered in miniature and pottery

22 September 2004

JAMES Sillett was a jobbing artist from the Norwich School of painters, who worked on a broad spectrum of projects including heraldic painting and stage scene decoration, but he is best known as a competent miniaturist.


Country Seat prove a glass act once more

09 September 2004

INNOVATIVE Oxfordshire dealers The Country Seat may be best known as furniture specialists, but they are increasingly turning their focus towards 19th and 20th century design.

Bootiful people

07 July 2004

POSH country house car boot sales are becoming almost as common as the more familiar down-market variety.

Rumbles of better news arrive from Chittering

29 June 2004

A FEW weeks ago, The Guardian published a sensible and responsible feature concerning the current malaise of the antiques trade.