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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.

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Biannual auctions centred on the local region bring good results for Colchester saleroom

29 April 2019

“Such is the wealth of East Anglian artists I don’t think there is another region in the UK that can compete. The Cornish tradition comes close, but it goes back only 100 years – the East Anglian tradition goes back way longer.”

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Science fiction fans come out in force for auction of Blake's 7 memorabilia

25 March 2019

Bidders vied for a collection of memorabilia from the 1970s science-fiction television series Blake's 7 at auction at Reeman Dansie in Colchester.

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Princess Diana complains about ‘too much media attention’ in letter for sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York

11 March 2019

Letters from Princess Diana written in the late 1980s and early 90s to a leading fashion magazine editor are coming to auction in New York.

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Sheffield’s Steel at the cutting edge

25 February 2019

The bullish Modern British art market fuelled the performance of three market-fresh paintings by George Hammond Steel (1900-60) which appeared at an Essex auction.

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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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Trengoff’s bottle brings seal of approval at Reeman Dansie

20 August 2018

The most desirable of all sealed bottles are those that are both named and dated. It is the possibility for geneaological research that fires many collectors.

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Pick of the Week: John Gibson terracotta sculpture emerges from house clearance

06 August 2018

Part of the intake for a general sale, a terracotta sculpture by a protégé of Antonio Canova sold for £21,000 (plus premium) at Reeman Dansie in Colchester.

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Hauser & Wirth’s collaboration with TV historian Mary Beard recreated in Colchester gallery

20 March 2018

A gallery in Colchester is to host a version of an exhibition first staged by commercial gallery Hauser & Wirth last year.

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Topographical art elevates Essex sale

26 February 2018

Topographical watercolours may not be the hottest area of the art market, but they can still pack a punch in the saleroom.

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Rare MPM mark sends early Meissen teapot to £14,200 at Colchester sale

19 February 2018

A small collection of 18th century European porcelain offered by Reeman Dansie in Colchester included this Meissen teapot and cover c.1725.

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‘Massive interest’ greets obscure British artist’s work in Colchester

16 October 2017

Half a dozen works by the obscure British artist Valentine Dobrée (1891-1974) sold for multi-estimate sums at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) in Colchester on September 26-27.

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Ship pictures sold at Reeman Dansie paint a sad story

04 September 2017

Views created by vessel’s captain envisaged a kinder end to its career than a tragic collision...

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Quack Doctor prescribes surprise remedy

28 August 2017

Tentatively catalogued as ‘18th-19th century German, possibly Meissen’, a porcelain figure of the Quack Doctor from the Cryes of London series was the surprise tonic at Reeman Dansie’s (20% buyer’s premium) August 1 Colchester sale.

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Essex sale benefits from Herculean effort

12 June 2017

A major work by French academy painter Edouard Joseph Dantan (1846-97), unseen for over a century, has emerged at an auction in Colchester.