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Tune in to a group of folk zingers

21 December 2020

Simple folk art depictions stuffed full of charm prove highly attractive to buyers at Dreweatts' auction.

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Superb British Smith & Beck microscope bought by US collector for £38,000 in Berkshire auction

21 December 2020

Surviving records for the London instrument maker Smith & Beck state this superb microscope from the brass and glass era was purchased on September 2, 1853, by Francis Herbert Wenham (1824-1908) – the British engineer who became a key figure in the improvement of the microscope.

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Flying with balloons? You’re having a giraffe

07 December 2020

Like many grand country estates, the 17th century Grade I-listed Palladian house Aynhoe Park, seat of the Cartwright family until 1959, endured a 20th century decline.

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Stanley Spencer Gallery acquires the artist's last known self-portrait drawing

09 November 2020

The last known drawn self-portrait of Modern British artist Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) has been acquired by the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

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‘Legendary’ Burgundy on offer at Dreweatts

09 November 2020

According to Dreweatts, the 1985 Richebourg by Henri Jayer “rightly holds the hallowed status of ‘legendary’ among Burgundy collectors – the sort of wine that people will travel across the world to experience”.

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Zsolnay vase stands out in Berkshire

26 October 2020

The most desirable of the varied wares produced by the small ceramics factory established by Vilmos Zsolnay (1828-1900) in the south-west Hungarian town of Pecs are those created after the 1890s.

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Moorcroft bidders make 1912 overtures

05 October 2020

Two pieces of Moorcroft Pomegranate pattern made exceptional sums within a matter of 24 hours at the end of September. Both were early versions of the popular pattern and dated 1912 – the year William Moorcroft left his studio at James Macintyre to run his own factory in Cobridge.

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North London studio sale of Italian artist comes to Dawsons Auctions

07 September 2020

Items from the Maida Vale studio of artist Franco Matania are coming to auction at Dawsons in Maidenhead.

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Politician proves influential in the antiques world

24 August 2020

Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond (1944-2014) – the founder of the Norbrook pharmaceutical group in Northern Ireland – proved just as influential in the world of politics as he was in business.

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Two handy methods to keep score the low-tech way

10 August 2020

Keeping score in the earliest days of the Football League was not as easy as checking the internet.

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"Invaluable archive" of London Underground posters and drawings sells 17-times above estimate in Berkshire

20 July 2020

London Underground maps come up relatively regularly at auction – and typically it is the various 1930s states of the classic Harry Beck design that command the really high prices.

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Golden Age longcase underlines long and lucrative career of great London clockmaker

20 July 2020

The maxim that major names and top quality will always sell was underlined in the biannual specialist clocks sale at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium).

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Ivory in demand ahead of trade ban

20 July 2020

Despite – or because of – the imminent prohibition, good-quality antique ivory works of art continue to bring solid prices at auction.

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How Old Master estimates work when it comes to loosely ascribed paintings

13 July 2020

Pitching a work at the right level is crucial to demand and price when it comes to selling unattributed or loosely ascribed Old Masters at auction.

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Box ‘made for the Siamese market’ makes 17-times estimate Dreweatts

06 July 2020

A highpoint of the Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) ‘lockdown’ sale of Asian art in Newbury was provided by this 19th century Chinese export silver gilt and enamelled box.

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Paoletti’s postcards from Venice shine in Maidenhead

29 June 2020

A trio of oils by Venetian artist Antonio Ermolao Paoletti (1834-1912) were consigned to Dawsons (23% buyer’s premium) of Maidenhead from a private London collection.

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Studio ceramics as a way of life

29 June 2020

Collector’s philosophy for his compulsive pottery buying chimed with Buddhist beliefs

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A detailed look at microscopes and much more

08 June 2020

Fine examples lead an array of scientific instruments and photographica at specialist sale

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Desirable Dutch and English delft lead ceramics attractions in Derby and Newbury

08 June 2020

This 8½in (21cm) Delft blue and white tulip vase below is typical in style and form of the De Metale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory.

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Collection from Portobello Road market trader comes to Berkshire auction

03 June 2020

The house contents of Portobello Road market stalwart Joan Dunk (1930-2019) is to be sold in Newbury next week.