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Pick of the week: Collection from book dealer John Percival Love woos buyers

19 February 2024

Rediscovered books and manuscripts that once belonged to former antiquarian book dealer John Percival Love and had been stored away in a bank vault for nearly 50 years captivated collectors and the trade alike at auction.

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The name’s Bond: Jane Bond

06 November 2023

Jane Bond (b.1939), a costume designer for stage, television and films, started painting portraits especially from the early 1980s onward.

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Fedden and Wain show feline fancy

07 August 2023

A couple of cat pictures made bidders’ whiskers twitch of late.

Edmund Edgar miniature

Australian demand lifts Edmund Edgar miniature to five times estimate in Oxford auction

27 July 2023

Edmund Edgar (c.1804-54) worked as a house painter, engraver and lithographer in London. And life may have stayed that way had he not been apprehended by a constable in Lisson Grove, Marylebone on the morning of September 12, 1825, in possession of a bag of silver, watches, jewellery and fine linen.

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Take a peek before ‘glass and brass’ microscopes appear

10 July 2023

A lucernal microscope is a rare survivor.

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The oarsman who outraged Henley and a rower later mountaineer

10 July 2023

A group of Victorian rowing memorabilia generated plenty of bidding at Claydon Auctioneers (19.5% buyer’s premium) in Buckinghamshire on June 25-26.

William Holman-Hunt’s medal

Holman-Hunt’s RSA medal purchased by the Ashmolean

19 June 2023

A medal awarded to Pre- Raphaelite Brotherhood artist William Holman-Hunt (1827- 1910) has been purchased by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford from dealer Tregeagle Fine Art.

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Works offered from key figure in the Christie’s story

19 June 2023

More than 70 lots of paintings, works on paper and antiques assembled by the well-known auctioneer and collector Paul Whitfield (1942- 2018) went under the hammer at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) in Oxford on May 17.

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The remarkable Mrs Newman

05 June 2023

The professional goldsmith and jewellery designer was not the first woman in such a role but received significant prominence in the Victorian era under her own name

Jennifer Lee's pot

Latest Jennifer Lee top price at auction pushes studio potter close to Rie and Coper levels

29 May 2023

Mallams regained the record for a pot by Jennifer Lee (b.1956) on May 18 when a large asymmetrical vessel from c.1990 sold at £40,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Ben Nicholson's sense of purity helps generate demand

22 May 2023

This untitled work from c.1945 by Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) comprises a mahogany relief applied with oil paint. It was offered at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) of Oxford on May 17-18 as part of its Modern Art & Design sale.

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Tesson’s delicacies in line with bidders’ taste

24 April 2023

French artist Louis Tesson (1820-70) is best known for his genre paintings in the Middle East and north Africa.

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PBFA has lots to shout about ahead of Oxford event

03 April 2023

Tom Lintern-Mole, co-organiser with John Martin of PBFA’s book fair at Oxford Brookes University on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, said he is looking forward to 75 dealers standing.

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Elegant sitter ‘from the Fairfaxes’ catches the attention

27 March 2023

A flurry of bids emerged at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) in Oxford for a particularly fine 17th century portrait of a young woman.

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Rare banknote was worth a bit more than fifty quid

06 March 2023

Early example note from Sir Christopher Wren issue takes group lot to high four figure price

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Beautiful Kelmscott work... shame about the library stamp

06 March 2023

Featured in an Oxford sale was a copy of the 1893, Kelmscott Press edition of The History of Godefrey of Boloyne and of the Conquest of Jerusalem.

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Second chance to own a pioneering Summers plywood armchair

16 January 2023

Bidders who missed out on a version of Gerald Summers’ 1933-34 plywood armchair sold for £20,000 as part of a collection of Simple Furniture at Lyon & Turnbull last October did not have too long to wait for another to appear for sale.

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Nude reveals the Cubist talents of Cissie Kean

09 January 2023

Cissie Kean (1871-1961) dedicated her life to painting after sustaining a severe injury during a riding accident as a young adult.

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Watercolours: The picturesque appeals but reality bites

05 December 2022

British watercolours are reliant not just on subject matter but also on market freshness, condition and a good pitch

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Victoria’s journal of Highlands life affordable for the little people

24 October 2022

An edition of Queen Victoria’s Leaves from the Journal of our Life on the Highlands… took £550 at a Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) sale of September 23.