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Dolls made by Bergen-Belsen victims after liberation

‘Liberation dolls’ come to auction in Newbury

09 May 2022

When the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated on April 15, 1945, a party of British Red Cross nurses and doctors stayed and tended those they could help back to health.

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Sitwell portrait returns to Scarborough

21 April 2022

A Sitwell portrait is returning home after Scarborough Museums Trust bought it at a Newbury auction.

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Two versions of the Compass

18 April 2022

It was supposedly as a result of a bet whether it was possible to make a camera that could fit into a cigarette packet that Noel Pemberton Billing (1881-1948) began work on a miniature, collapsible camera that would accept 35mm film.

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Vanity for spies

18 April 2022

The Fine Photographica sale at Flints in Thatcham, Berkshire, on April 23 includes this Ansco Photo Vanity 'spy' camera, estimated at £800-1200.

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Porringer counts as Commonwealth survivor

28 March 2022

An example of 17th century hollowware appeared for sale at Dawsons (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead earlier this year.

Henry Moore Mother and Child

Moore’s Mother and Child in lead takes £320,000 at Dreweatts auction

21 March 2022

Dreweatts offered this market-fresh Henry Moore (1898-1986) figure group, 'Mother and Child', on March 16.

St Simon terminal spoon

Pick of the week: Henry VIII spoons emerge from storage

14 March 2022

The collecting history of English silver spoons spans well over a century.

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Egyptian revival continues in Maidenhead

07 March 2022

With the discovery of the intact tomb of Tutankhamun in 1923, an Egyptian revival swept through the decorative arts. Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels were among the first to design jewels that mixed Egyptian motifs with the geometry and bold colours of the Art Deco era. But other French, British and US ateliers soon followed.

Steel and Jones take the reins with new fair at Ascot Racecourse

31 January 2022

Optimism among fair organisers remains high. David Steel who, as Tree of Ages Antiques runs an antiques fair in Charlwood, Surrey, is launching a new event.

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Victorian game formed by single sheet of paper

31 January 2022

Described as being a little fragile but otherwise good, this Victorian transformation game was drawn on both sides of a single sheet of cut and folded paper.

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Dawsons invests in larger premises

20 December 2021

Dawsons Auctioneers is relocating to a larger new premises and plans to hold all its sales as live online-only without room bidding.

Musical box by François Nicole

Pick of the week: Nicole musical boxes to get your teeth into

13 December 2021

François Nicole (b.1766), the Geneva-based pioneer of the key-wind musical box, is thought to have made around 440 boxes during his working life, but only around 60 are known today.

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The large-scale mini-mill in demand

13 December 2021

This large-scale model of a late 19th century Australian stamp mill is signed for the Ivanhoe Gold Corporation Foundry.

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Sword soars to £8200 at Dawsons

22 November 2021

Estimated at £200-300, this kaskara sold for £8200 at Dawsons (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead on October 28.

Rolling Stones poster

Auction record for Rolling Stones poster

04 November 2021

A rare concert poster promoting The Rolling Stones’ run at the Windsor R&B club in the early Sixties sold for £30,000 on October 28.

Henry Moore sculpture

Henry Moore heads strong Mod Brit showing

18 October 2021

Small bronzes form part of a group of sculptures underlining the market demand at regional salerooms.

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Why collector Bohman became Bowman

18 October 2021

Dawsons of Maidenhead holds an Asian sale on November 4 where this damaged 18in (46cm) famille verte yen-yen vase is guided at £200-300.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s Punchinello

Tiepolo drawing emerges from safe at Sitwell family home ahead of Dreweatts' auction

27 September 2021

A drawing from Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s (1696-1770) Punchinello series is among the highlights of the contents of Weston Hall in Northamptonshire.

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Grima and Roux cook up a unique recipe

20 September 2021

His daring organic sculptural designs re-energised the British jewellery scene in post-war Britain, now Andrew Grima’s (1921-2007) creations are leading the revival of ‘60s and ‘70s designer jewellery on the secondary market.

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It must be Malta again

13 September 2021

Once again illustrating that few countries of origin have as great an impact on furniture prices as Malta, this 18th century commode sold for £6800 at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) July 29 Maidenhead sale.