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With this marriage chest I thee wed

23 May 2022

Translating simply as ‘a box with drawers’ but so much more exotic than that, a rare Spanish Renaissance caja con cajones was the outstanding lot at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s (25% buyer’s premium) quarterly fine art sale in Exeter.

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‘Am I not a Man…’ relic is a rarity in glass form

23 May 2022

The medallion of a kneeling slave asking the rhetorical question 'Am I Not A Man And A Brother?' was first made in 1787 on the founding of the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

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East Bristol targets a score of 10 out of 10

16 May 2022

An auction house in Bristol is celebrating its 10th anniversary in business by holding 10 sales in as many days.

CQD Life-Saving Medal

Titanic twists of fate: tale of two auction lots in the US and UK

11 May 2022

Fate played a cruel hand in the case of two Titanic passengers whose stories have come to light through recent auction lots.

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Pick of the week: Taking note of current affairs

09 May 2022

Among the most extraordinary of all navigational charts are the lattice ‘stick maps’ used by Marshall Islanders.

Woolley & Wallis

Woolley & Wallis internship aims to plug training gap

09 May 2022

Woolley & Wallis has launched an internship scheme to help train the next generation of art and antiques specialists.

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European art – Make a continental connection

09 May 2022

Focus on 19th century works by continental European artists sold recently

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Pór result, healthy sum

09 May 2022

A woodland scene by Hungarian painter Bertalan Pór (1880-1964) caught the eye of a number of bidders at a Cotswolds saleroom.

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Car badges make a statement at auction

02 May 2022

Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium) has been holding auctions of classic cars, motorcycles and automobilia for nearly 20 years.

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Softer side of the Newlyn community

02 May 2022

When people think of the Newlyn School, most commonly it is pictures of Cornish fishermen, farmers and miners that spring to mind.

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A qianjiang master at Frome auction

02 May 2022

Led by Asian art specialist Lee Young, Dore & Rees will conduct a sale of Fine Asian Art in Frome on May 16.

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Pair of Windsor Chairs sets a furniture puzzle

02 May 2022

Pair sold at Somerset saleroom spark a debate on where and when they were made

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Meiji naturalism on show at Woolley & Wallis

02 May 2022

The sale of Japanese works of art at Woolley & Wallis on the morning of May 17 is led by this 8in (20cm) high silvered bronze okimono of a cockatoo.

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Description almost a book itself

02 May 2022

Sammelband of 16th century scientific works deserved an extensive write-up as best-seller

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Acropolis comes into the fold

02 May 2022

The view of the Acropolis shown here is part of a three-section, folding litho panorama found in Selina Bracebridge’s Notes Descriptive of a Panoramic Sketch of Athens…

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Dragon bowl from collection of Admiral Robert Coote emerges

02 May 2022

This Jiajing (1525-66) mark and period wucai dragon bowl will be offered for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on May 17.

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From a client of Bluett’s

02 May 2022

The Asian art sale at Duke’s of Dorchester, scheduled for May, has been moved back to June 15 to incorporate a significant late consignment.

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Artist Lynch keeps it real

25 April 2022

Not all Contemporary art has to be either abstract or wacky.

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Seven-foot pole club stretches well beyond estimate to £38,000

25 April 2022

Carved from the heart of the toa or ironwood tree, long pole clubs with scalloped blades (akatara) are associated with Rarotonga and Atiu on the Cook Islands.

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Heal’s oak furniture purchased new in the 1930s

25 April 2022

On April 9, Chilcotts (21% buyer’s premium) in Honiton, Devon, offered 25 lots of Heal’s limed oak furniture from a single property.

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