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Pick of the week: Silver vesta case strikes a blow for the motor car

20 September 2021

This rare Victorian silver vesta case with an enamelled scene of an early tiller-driven automobile is hallmarked for Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1896.

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Jewellery: Koopman Rare Art grows its presence with the arrival of two ex-Sotheby’s specialists

20 September 2021

After settling in to its new showroom in the West End, Koopman Rare Art has expanded its jewellery department.

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Guy Peppiatt offers view of Bristol burning in 1831

20 September 2021

This dramatic scene depicts the burning of a warehouse in Wapping Wharf during the Bristol Riots of 1831.

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The many faces of Walter Sickert emerge at Piano Nobile exhibition

20 September 2021

Nearly 80 years after Walter Sickert’s (1860-1942) death and ahead of a major retrospective planned at Tate Britain in 2022, London gallery Piano Nobile is bringing together over 40 of the artist’s figure paintings for an autumn show.

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Many happy returns for Margaret’s birthday gift

20 September 2021

It is difficult to replicate the occasion of a royal themed auction. Ergo not everything that resurfaces on the market from the fabled ‘Princess Margaret’ sale at Christie’s in June 2006 shows a great appreciation in value.

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Pioneering Caxton work leads the way for an impressive diverse selection

20 September 2021

Three very different lots brought six-figure bids at a Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) summer sale – and they were not the only ones to reach such impressive heights.

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The fabric of collecting at Chelsea Town Hall

20 September 2021

Dealers, collectors, and textile enthusiasts including students looking for design inspiration will be gathering at Chelsea Town Hall on Sunday October 10.

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A present from Isaac Newton at Bonhams

20 September 2021

Presentation copies and private press books were a key feature of a Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) summer sale.

The Winter Arts & Antiques Fair at Olympia

Winter Olympia is back with 70 dealers standing

20 September 2021

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Winter Arts & Antiques Fair at Olympia in west London is returning.

Arms fair moves to Hendon

20 September 2021

The London Antique Arms Fair, founded in 1967, will be running its 103rd fair at a new venue, the RAF Museum in Hendon on Sunday, October 3.

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It’s a dog’s life for Cartier collectors

20 September 2021

By the mid-20th century several design houses were taking a more playful approach to zoomorphic jewellery.

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Writing desk demand is a sign of revival

20 September 2021

Prices for good-quality writing desks continue to recover – as was evident when a George II example more than tripled top hopes.

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Record bid for ‘young Australia’s chef d’oeuvre’ at auction

13 September 2021

This bronze reduction of Kipkh (Circe) by Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal (1863-1931) set a new house record at Lots Road Auctions.

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Irish provincial silver amassed by German collector

13 September 2021

Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) sale of Silver & Vertu included a number of Irish provincial pieces from the collection of Peter Ticher.

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Rome and India emerge in London

13 September 2021

Highlights of Chiswick Auctions earlier this summer

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Seeking to ride the interiors wave at the Battersea Fair

13 September 2021

Decorative Fair returns to Battersea after long absence as demand soars for home furnishings

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Two goes into one with fairs at Hilton Olympia in Kensington

13 September 2021

Always a bonus for buyers is two fairs in the same venue on the same day.

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The lure of Japan for Mortimer Menpes

13 September 2021

Mortimer Menpes (1855-1938), who painted this portrait titled 'The Yellow Parasol' visited Japan in the 1880s and 1890s.

Popping up for vintage in Islington

13 September 2021

Dealers welcome the return of Pop Up Vintage Fairs at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

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Roger Fry stirs up Bloomsbury passions

13 September 2021

Works by Bloomsbury artists once again caused a stir at a recent Modern British art sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5%) in London.

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