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Chance to buy Westminster street signs at auction as London council upgrades its portfolio

19 January 2021

Westminster City Council is upgrading its portfolio of enamel street signs and is selling off more than 200 examples at Catherine Southon next month.

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The web shop window: Roger Broders' 1928 ski poster of Chamonix

18 January 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Books and works on paper: Middle East volume set enthrals bidders

18 January 2021

Nineteenth century travel accounts by European visitors are sold in London auction

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Open Art Fair appeals court ruling on stand fee

11 January 2021

The organiser of The Open Art Fair is to appeal a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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Toasting a toby jug auction record as Admiral Rodney jug brings buoyant demand

11 January 2021

Bonhams has set a new record for a toby jug with this c.1785 Admiral Lord Rodney jug.

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Pick of the week: Take tea with the queen – at a twelfth the normal size

11 January 2021

A copy of the Royal Doulton dinner service commissioned in 1922 for Queen Mary’s doll’s house sold for a top-estimate £30,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of the Thomas Goode auction at Sotheby’s.

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Brit vendor trio boost for Sotheby’s

11 January 2021

Three works from British vendors were among the most notable lots at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) latest Old Master evening sale in London.

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Alchin and Kenber collections of Worcester porcelain up to Scratch Cross

11 January 2021

Bonhams has a long tradition of single-owner sales devoted to noted collections of early English porcelain.

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Meissen porcelain goes into battle

11 January 2021

The rules of kriegsspiel (war game), popular at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries, were partly based on the much older game of chess. Typically, kriegsspiel was played across three boards, with players only knowing the position of their own pieces and an umpire officiating.

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Books and works on paper: Rugby School gives auction a try

11 January 2021

Controversial school sale of library books and manuscripts includes an Irish/Latin surprise

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Marine scene at Bonhams was ‘owned by a Christie’

11 January 2021

A marine battle scene believed to have once been owned by auctioneer James Christie (1730-1803) topped Bonhams’ (27.5%/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master sale in London.

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London fair provides folk art platform via the internet

11 January 2021

Folk art is in the spotlight at the first digital edition of The London Art Fair.

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Old Masters face greater challenges on the supply side due to Covid

11 January 2021

London salerooms hope for increased consignments after a difficult year for Old Masters

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Ceramics and glassware: taking the market for toby jugs at face value

11 January 2021

A London auction offering ceramics fans a treat thanks to single-owner collections and a mixed array leads a look at the market as a whole

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Picasso and Hugo partnership platters appear in first UK show

11 January 2021

Though prolific in many mediums, Pablo Picasso created silver platters in only 24 designs throughout his entire career, creating an even smaller number of pieces in gold.

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Single-owner books bring 007 heaven

11 January 2021

A significant collection of Ian Fleming’s books, typescripts and assorted autograph material raised close on £1m at Sotheby’s.

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Medal awarded to Suffragette who threw a lump of iron at Churchill's car comes up at auction

09 January 2021

How could throwing a missile at Winston Churchill’s car earn you a medal if you were British?

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Dorset museum raises funds to secure Thomas Hardy archive from London book dealer

07 January 2021

The Dorset Archives Trust (DAT) has raised the final £5000 needed to purchase a collection of important manuscript and printed material once owned by novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).

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Plea from London dealer to help find stolen Russian icon

06 January 2021

A Russian icon has been stolen from the shop of a London dealer and the art and antiques trade are asked to look out for the object in case it is offered for sale.

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Pick of the week: Gilbert’s St George figure sells at a £1m high

04 January 2021

Closing the year in some style, a patinated and parcel gilt bronze ‘double size’ figure of St George set a new auction record for Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) at Bonhams.

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