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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.

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Antique furniture: Quality counts if condition is poor

09 August 2021

The dictum that class is permanent was borne out in a Newbury saleroom by prices for damaged pieces

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Drury bronzes and a devilish buy at Dreweatts

09 August 2021

From the same north London home as the Chinese Export mirror and an Irish dining table sold at Dreweatts was this pair of bronzes by Alfred Drury (1856-1944).

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Mortlake tapestry leads the way

09 August 2021

Depicting Bacchus and Ariadne riding a golden chariot drawn by leopards, a monumental Mortlake tapestry led a small but significant textiles section at Dreweatts.

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Contemporary art on course

19 July 2021

Contemporary Art Fairs’ schedule of live events in 2021-22 involves three racecourse locations in southern England: at Sandown Park in Surrey, and the Royal Windsor plus Newbury in Berkshire.

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Arthur Swallow Fairs return for second Beale Park fair down by the river

31 May 2021

As live fairs and markets return in strength, Richard Burgoin, director of Arthur Swallow Fairs, is in the midst of his summer season of events.

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Victorian art collection comes to Dreweatts from family of artist Samuel Pepys Cockerell

19 May 2021

A group of nine pictures directly from the family of the artist Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1844-1921) will be offered at Dreweatts in Newbury later this month.

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Artist destined to cover wildlife and nature

17 May 2021

As the son of an entomologist and ornithologist, the artist David Morrison Reid-Henry (1919-77) was destined for a career observing wildlife and nature.

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A prime period Nicholson print sells at Dawsons

10 May 2021

'Five Circles' first appeared as part of Ben Nicholson’s (1894-1982) publication 23 Gravures in 1934 and was then released as a limited-edition print. The initial run of approximately 30 signed copies was followed by various reprintings.

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Fire-breathing monster to own

03 May 2021

This late Ming (17th century) jade water pot in the form of a chimera will be offered by Dreweatts on May 19.

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Edward Seago: the artist favoured by the royal family

03 May 2021

Edward Seago was a favourite of the establishment, royals in particular, but has a wider appeal such as his views of Hong Kong

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Old Masters impress in Berkshire

03 May 2021

The best competition at a recent mixed-category sale came for two Old Masters.

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Furniture prices looking good in Berkshire auction

03 May 2021

Fifteen furniture lots make five-figure sums as Dreweatts bidders show encouraging confidence

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Chelsea teapot takes £14,000 bid

03 May 2021

This unmarked teapot and cover, offered by Dreweatts, dates from the first decade of porcelain production at the Chelsea factory.

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Bureau sets second-highest Mouseman result at auction

03 May 2021

Morphets (20% buyer’s premium) of Harrogate sold a Mouseman bureau for a tub-thumping £36,000 on April 15.

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Beaton photos flourish in the saleroom

12 April 2021

When Cecil Beaton photographed the Wyndham-Quin sisters in 1950, he chose to copy both the setting and poses used 50 years earlier by John Singer Sargent in The Wyndham Sisters.

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Relics from German plane destroyed by Peter Townsend sell in Berkshire auction

22 March 2021

Princess Margaret’s lover Flight Lieutenant Peter Townsend (1914-95) has been introduced to a new generation of TV viewers due to Netflix TV series The Crown – but militaria lots sold at auction also underline his renown as an RAF ace.

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Talk of the London taverns as silver wares get snapped by dealers

15 March 2021

A recent sale at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale in Maidenhead included two George IV tablewares by Edward Farrell chased and embossed with tavern scenes in the manner of Dutch genre painting.

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Work of ‘modern day Grinling Gibbons’

15 March 2021

This late Victorian carved lime and soft wood panel is by James Peake (c.1839-1918), a carver and gilder.