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Medal marks a Shanghai special day

06 February 2023

The Shanghai Jubilee Medal was instituted in 1893 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first British consul created after the Treaty of Nanking in 1843.

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Collectors discover the value of Vuitton Explorer trunks

30 January 2023

Late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunks are a rare and desirable subset of vintage luggage.

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Bidders target ‘exceptionally rare’ gun by an innovative provincial maker

23 January 2023

While London gun-makers featured heavily – and lucratively – at Gavin Gardiner’s (25% buyer’s premium) auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on December 14, provincial makers also got a look in.

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Tarka the Otter author makes a sale splash

23 January 2023

Numerous works by Henry Williamson including fascinating inscriptions and annotations were offered in Chichester saleroom

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Pretty children's book comes with morality message

23 January 2023

Published by John Newbery c.1770, 'A Little Pretty Pocket Book…' and its companion 'Little Song Book' is a very small work indeed at little more than 3in (7.5cm) tall, but the latter includes some 54 woodcut illustrations and accompanying verses related to children’s games and pastimes.

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Presentation copy of Paddington Bear first edition sells to American bidder

16 January 2023

Having featured prominently on television in a specially made part of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Paddington Bear hardly needs any more publicity.

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Sitter appeal: Portraits from Victorian sportsman to 20th century businessman bring demand

02 January 2023

The record-setting piece of Beswick pottery at a recent sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) – a rare variant of a shire horse model that fetched £11,300 (ATG No 2569) – was not the only lot bringing notable demand.

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Cass couple’s varied 20th century works provide boost to Bellmans

19 December 2022

A group of 24 works from the collection of Wilfred and Jeannette Cass provided a boost to Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) latest Modern British and 20th Century Art auction.

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Mirror reflects Hope design

21 November 2022

Estimated at £800-1200, this Regency giltwood and ebonised convex wall mirror sold at £12,500 at Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) on November 3.

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Wilson copy ‘at an early date’

07 November 2022

Among the works attracting interest at a recent Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) sale were two pictures formerly in the collection at Shakenhurst Hall.

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Why living up to one’s teapot now costs more

31 October 2022

The 1882 Royal Worcester porcelain ‘Patience’ teapot has become a satirical emblem of the Aesthetic movement.

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Virgil, the Scottish version

24 October 2022

Translation was first time a major poem of antiquity appeared in an English language form.

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The way to locate buffaloes and locals with second sight

24 October 2022

Bid to £3400, a 1703 first edition of Martin Martin’s Description of the Western Islands of Scotland in a later full calf binding proved the most expensive item in the 250-lot book and ephemera section that opened an October 5-7 auction at Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium).

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Pick of the week: American who fought against independence

17 October 2022

While many US museums display portraits of famous Patriots from the War of Independence, especially the likes of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Nathanael Greene, pictures of Loyalists are less common in their collections.

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Gaudier-Brzeska owned by a Courtauld emerges at Bellmans

03 October 2022

Inspired by his trips to Richmond Park in south-west London, French-born sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) fashioned a number of deer sculptures.

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Trio sought after in specialised areas

26 September 2022

The sales at Stride & Son (21.6% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Chichester on September 1-2 included a trio of avidly contested items, each a rarity in three highly specialised collecting areas.

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The Swan’s jewels shine among Shakenhurst lots

12 September 2022

With the added lustre of having been worn by a Fifties aristocratic supermodel, two jewellery items entered by her grandchildren were the stars at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale of items from a Shropshire manor.

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Characteristic of a Parisian workshop

12 September 2022

Bellmans is holding a special book and manuscript auction as part of the October sales series, on October 11, with the majority of books coming from one collection.

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Evelyn Waugh’s first book inscribed by man who wooed author’s first wife

29 August 2022

Copy of his first book was a later gift from Sir John Heygate to Tarka the Otter author

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Fossilised remains unearthed once more in Sussex

29 August 2022

A volume containing first editions of two important geological works by Dr Gideon Mantell sold for £2000 in West Sussex.