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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

Mary Beale portrait of her son Bartholomew

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.

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Egg tempera creates a Plummer cracker

23 March 2020

Although championed by Stanley Spencer and the poet and critic Herbert Read, Francis Plummer (1930-2019) is a name few will have heard of.

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Beer jug celebrating Glorious Revolution makes 20-times estimate

24 February 2020

A Westerwald salt-glaze jug offered at Reeman Dansie's latest sale in Colchester was worked with stylised tulips and a medallion with the portraits of William of Orange and Queen Mary.

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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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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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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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Maps make their mark with prices far beyond estimates

04 November 2019

Focusing on south-east Asia, a 90-lot map section in an Essex sale comprised the extraordinarily successful first portion of a collection of maps and charts assembled by Christopher Beresford-Jones.