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Library of a fruitful thinker on agriculture

16 May 2022

Works offered in Essex saleroom belonged to ‘capable, colourful and forceful’ professor

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Rolls-Royce ecstatic at sales figures

02 May 2022

Spirit of Ecstasy has adorned the bonnet of every Rolls-Royce motor car since February 6, 1911.

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Tooth be told on toadstones

18 April 2022

Toadstones are understood to be the button-like palatal teeth of lepidotes, an extinct genus of ray finned fish from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

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Police plea for return of stolen medals from Colchester museum

19 March 2022

Essex Police and Hollytrees Museum in Colchester are hoping to recover five 19th century medals stolen in a burglary earlier this month.

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A gift from the Queen Mother shines at Essex auction

07 March 2022

A sale of royal memorabilia at Colchester saleroom Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) on February 15 included items from the estate of Miss Beryl Poignand (1887-1965), governess and confidante to HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

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Prince Albert’s drawings for Queen Victoria's coronet sell at Colchester auction

22 November 2021

The V&A loses out in £23,000 bidding battle for Prince Albert’s drawings of the diamond and sapphire coronet he designed for Queen Victoria.

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London calling in Colchester saleroom

31 May 2021

A New and Correct Plan of the Cities of London, Westminster and Borough of Southwark sold at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) of Colchester was offered on behalf of an un-named charity.

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Early spectacles catch the eye in saleroom

24 May 2021

While Georgian spectacles are relatively common at auction, 17th century examples are a rarer beast.

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English female portrait painter returns to Colchester auction

24 April 2021

A portrait by 17th century artist Mary Beale (1633-99) took a six-figure-sum earlier this year at a sale in Essex and now a second portrait by the artist will be offered next week.

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Washington: the head of state

29 March 2021

This bust of the first American president George Washington (1732-99) is titled to the base, and signed and dated 'R Trentanove Fecc in Roma, 1827'.

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Scurvy doctor's grant of arms makes four times estimate in Colchester

15 March 2021

This Georgian grant of arms document on vellum was presented to the celebrated Scottish physician Gilbert Blane (1749-1834) after his creation as a baronet by The Prince Regent in 1812.

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Beyond Beale to Bratby and Irish scenery

08 March 2021

The first fine art sale of 2021 at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) will be remembered for the spectacular £100,000 bid for a Mary Beale (1633-99) work.

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Estate of Turpin Antiques dealer stands up and delivers

15 February 2021

A recent Reeman Dansie sale in Colchester included 80 pieces from the estate of the well-known dealer Jane Sumner, who died last September at the age of 82.

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Chinese works of art: a here-to-sell strategy

15 February 2021

Colchester auction house Reeman Dansie follows a policy of detailed cataloguing for Chinese art but modest estimates

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Mother’s portrait of her son proves £100,000 sleeper at Colchester sale

28 January 2021

A portrait of a young boy in profile drew spectacular bidding at the latest sale held by Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) of Colchester.

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Soviets on the rise: Bolshevik propaganda plate bring demand at UK auctions

11 January 2021

When the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory following the October Revolution of 1917, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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Squirrell catches the eye in Essex and Cambridge auctions

02 November 2020

Leonard Squirrell (1893-1979) is most associated with East Anglia, producing a significant body of rural scenes of Suffolk and Norfolk as well as cityscapes of Norwich and Ipswich.

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Locket from the Pocket Venus makes £2800 in Colchester

17 August 2020

This 19th century gold diamond, pearl and blue enamel locket and necklace, sold by Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) in Colchester on August 11 for £2800, came with a little Hollywood stardust.

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Clouds lift for a Constable fan

03 August 2020

Four pictures in Colchester sale provide a good case study in the factors affecting John Constable attributions and buyer confidence

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Maori greenstone brought to Britain by 1820s adventurer

20 July 2020

Pictured here is one of two 19th century or earlier Maori greenstone 'mere' offered at a recent sale held by Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) in Colchester.