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And they're off! Who was selling what at this week's Kempton Park fair

09 January 2019

It's only the second week of the new year and temperatures outside have plummeted. Try telling this to the trade – sellers and buyers – as well as privates who came to the year’s first Sunbury Antiques Market fair at Kempton Park to find a few diamonds in the rough.

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Dorking fair doubles up to take a second room

07 January 2019

Jane Alexander of Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fairs reports that 2018 was another busy year for her fairs at the Dorking Halls, particularly as she has managed to organise a second room at this Surrey venue.

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Early Pink Floyd poster group beats estimate at auction

21 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of 1966 Pink Floyd designs.

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One of those days in the saleroom as early Pink Floyd concert posters make thousands of pounds

18 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of mid-Sixties Pink Floyd designs.

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Lalique mirror saved from dustbin

17 December 2018

The bronze pieces produced by Rene Lalique are perhaps less well-known than the master’s jewellery and glass but seldom so under-rated that they are consigned to the dustbin, as was the case with this c.1910 hand mirror, below.

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Sandown Park event develops a taste for the continental

29 October 2018

The toy fair at Sandown Park in November is usually “the busiest one of the four we hold there each year”, says Barry Potter, founder in 1979 of BP Fairs, which first launched at this racecourse venue 31 years ago.

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Coaches trot into saleroom

15 October 2018

Distinctly patriotic in nature, stage and mail coach depictions started c.1815, reaching peak popularity in the later 1820s with the artist James Pollard (1792-1867).

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Poignant portrait of ‘doomed youth’ of the First World War

08 October 2018

Pictures, trophies and other mementos were among the contents from a historic nursing home in south-west London dispersed at Ewbank’s (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Figures take multi-estimate bids at Chiswick Auctions and Ewbank's

24 September 2018

Figurative art was the other big seller in early September, led by the waxwork of Medardo Rosso’s sculpture Bambina Ridente (see last week’s News pages) which topped a successful week of sales at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) when it more than doubled the top estimate at £180,000.

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Kempton antique arms fair going great guns

24 September 2018

There is a full load of arms fairs this month including the Antiques Arms Fair at Olympia on September 29 (see Dealers’ Diary, ATG No 2359) and the now triannual Kempton Vintage and Classic Arms Fair. Launched at Kempton Park Racecourse last year, it followed the demise in 2016 of the specialist event held for many years at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley.

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Adam Partridge Antiques Hunting Weekend takes in Dorking

13 September 2018

Adam Partridge hosts an Antiques Hunting Weekend at Dorking this Saturday and Sunday, including a visit to The Dorking Halls Antiques Fair.

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Sloane Square viewed from Surrey

27 August 2018

Unseen on the market since 1946, a view of Sloane Square (below) by Robert Buhler (1916-89) raced to £5000 at Ewbank’s (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Getting Carter costs £2800 at auction

27 August 2018

Outselling the usual favourite Bond movie posters, a British Quad for Get Carter starring Michael Caine topped the 69-lot specialist sale of movie posters at Ewbank’s (22.5% buyer’s premium).

Jewellery

Police appeal for help to find stolen Surrey jewellery

23 August 2018

The antiques trade has been asked to look out for a collection of distinctive jewellery that was stolen from a home in Surrey.

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Stuart Devlin collection at Surrey sale

20 August 2018

When it comes to auctions of Stuart Devlin silver, a very good market test is coming up soon. Catherine Southon’s October 3 sale at Farleigh Court Golf Club in Selsdon, Surrey, offers a single-owner collection.

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Extensive single owner Stuart Devlin silver collection comes to Catherine Southon auction

15 August 2018

In our recent ATG jewellery feature we wrote about how the death of silver designer Stuart Devlin earlier this year and a book he published just beforehand could lead to a reappraisal of his work. When it comes to auctions, a very good market test is coming up soon.

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Corbet oil head and shoulders above the rest

06 August 2018

A small but enigmatic study attributed to Victorian artist Matthew Ridley Corbet (1850-1902) drew dramatic competition at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst, Surrey.

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Suffragette hunger strike medal archive sold for Catherine Southon house record to National Museum Wales

26 July 2018

A Suffragette archive including a ‘hunger strike’ medal that sold for a house-record hammer price of £40,000 at Catherine Southon’s auction has been bought by National Museum Wales.

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Dealers get out and about at Sandown Park Racecourse fair

23 July 2018

Extra outside pitches have been hailed by the organiser of the monthly Tuesday antiques market at Sandown Park Racecourse as a reason for the relatively new event settling in well.

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Exhibition-quality coral

09 July 2018

This red coral necklace had formed part of The International Fisheries Exhibition staged at the Royal Horticultural Society grounds in South Kensington in 1883.