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The gems of Rani Jindan offered at Bonhams

12 April 2021

The Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) in London on March 30 included this diamond and emerald set forehead pendant (chand-tikka) from the collection of Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817-63).

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Riddle of the jacket on Childers’ work

12 April 2021

Lack of a dust jacket is not always crucial to a high price, as Erskine Childers’ much-loved The Riddle of the Sands of 1903 shows.

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S Franses returns to court over lease dispute

12 April 2021

Tapestry and textiles specialist S Franses is to face its landlord in court for the fourth time next month.

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Parsons’ cameo role at Bonhams

12 April 2021

For the famous English socialite Anne Parsons, Countess of Rosse (1902-92), appearances certainly mattered – and she was known to use eye-catching jewels to accentuate her own beauty.

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Tiepolo study motivated by motifs offered by London dealer

12 April 2021

Old Master sheets such as this lively example of satyr and Bacchus studies are believed to have served as a repertoire of motifs used in paintings or prints by the artist or their studio.

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Pick of the week: The 'earliest known portrait of an African in Persian art’

05 April 2021

Among the highlights of last week’s Islamic and Indian art sales in London was this late Safavid portrait of a mercenary in the Persian army painted in the cosmopolitan city of Isfahan c.1680-90.

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London print fair morphs into Print Week

05 April 2021

The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) has modified its operations to suit the current restrictions and plans a Print Week in dealers’ galleries next month.

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Cold courage comes into play for Victoria Cross from First World War

05 April 2021

“I joined up as a youngster for a bit of fun, but it didn’t turn out like that. We were young men made old before our time.”

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Mountbatten family collection raises £5.6m at Sotheby’s

05 April 2021

Sotheby’s reported 1400 bidders from 55 countries participating in the auction of the collection of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017).

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Flea London to reopen with 27 stalls on April 17

05 April 2021

“We are super-excited to be reopening our Flea London again on Saturday, April 17, after so long and we are planning on 27 stalls and 10 container shops here at Vinegar Yard,” enthused Christian Scrimgeour about her fleamarket held a few minutes from London Bridge Station.

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Entertainment memorabilia: Cover stories

05 April 2021

The name Abbey Road has gone far beyond its significance as a smart street in north London thanks to renowned music studios and a seminal album

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Who said suburban life was dull?

05 April 2021

More Mod Brit delights from the Freer collection kept in a house full to bursting point

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Banksy: far from anonymous in the art market

29 March 2021

For people who follow the art market, Banksy (b.1975) is now impossible to ignore.

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Banksy mania: Why the artist's screenprints are flashing up on investor’s dashboards

29 March 2021

Famous for the sort of graffiti that morphs into street art and critical acclaim, Banksy is now bringing in big money in the form of screenprints

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Let us spray: an original rarity

29 March 2021

While Banksy prints abound at auction, the number of original works that emerge is understandably much less.

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Buyers throwing money around

29 March 2021

The live webcast auction of Urban and Contemporary art held by Tate Ward (25% buyer’s premium) on March 24 proved well timed, coming just a day after Christie’s sold Banksy’s 'Game Changer' for £14.4m.

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Having a laugh but delivering serious prices

29 March 2021

Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) has been offering works by Banksy for some time now in a number of different sale types including Contemporary art auctions and specialist print offerings.

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Pru’s view of a gritty world

29 March 2021

Gravel pit subject was typical of artist’s move towards mundane subjects, as exhibition shows

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Buckles go under the microscope at Wartski

29 March 2021

These gold-mounted hardstone buckles are among only a few surviving examples of jewellery by the Dresden master goldsmith Johann Christian Neuber (1736-1808).

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5 Questions: Anthony Bridgman

29 March 2021

Anthony Bridgman is head of restoration at Westland London where he has worked since the 1990s. Established by Geoff Westland in 1969, the firm deals in architectural and decorative antiques and has built one of the largest collections of antique chimney pieces in the world, with some 750 examples.

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