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Naval scene with links to Nelson family comes to auction in Wiltshire

16 September 2020

A naval scene by the well-known marine artist Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867) that has provenance to the families of Lord Hood and Horatio Nelson is coming to auction at Henry Aldridge & Son.

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Pick of the Week: Browning family archive sells in Somerset

14 September 2020

A cache of material related to the influential Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) and her family sold for close to £50,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Art gallery show will fund artist anthology

14 September 2020

Though best remembered for his work as an illustrator and printmaker, British artist Ethelbert White (1891-1972) was also a prolific painter of English landscapes.

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Egyptian bronze falcon sarcophagus emerges in Salisbury auction

14 September 2020

A dozen lots of Greek, Roman and Egyptian artefacts once owned by Ferdinand Mainzer (1871-1943), a German-Jewish gynaecologist turned historical author, will open Woolley & Wallis’ tribal art and antiquities auction in Salisbury on September 22.

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Mosaic fragments ‘from a Roman villa’ sell in Bristol

14 September 2020

Consigned from a private deceased estate, a group of decorative mosaic floor tile fragments took a multi-estimate £2200 at Clevedon Salerooms (22% buyer’s premium) in Bristol.

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Watch tested to not quite destruction

14 September 2020

The Rolex GMT-Master, originally designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways and issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights, was made as an aviator watch.

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Egyptian mask comes to Somerset auction

14 September 2020

This Egyptian polychrome painted wood sarcophagus mask comes from the lid of an anthropoid coffin. These were coffins carved to the outline of the mummy’s body and decorated with the face and wig of the deceased.

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Himalayan raja rises to £4600 when reoffered

07 September 2020

An intriguing Indian miniature portrait drew strenuous competition against an estimate of just £30-50 at Clarke’s (18% buyer’s premium) in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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African American battalion medal from American Civil War comes to auction in Wiltshire

02 September 2020

This rare award, a Colored Troops Medal or Butler Medal of 1864, comes for sale at the Medals & Coins, Arms & Armour Militaria at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on September 23 with an estimate of £8000-12,000.

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All about information sharing

31 August 2020

Wider spectrum of buyers means presenting catalogue entries in greater detail can pay off

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White Star Spode now in Devon

31 August 2020

At the very beginning of July, Adam Partridge in Liverpool sold an early 20th century Spode cup and saucer to a highly desirable ‘liner china’ pattern for £8400.

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Bare decor of an English country house provides the grand setting for a fair

31 August 2020

Cornish event returns for second staging after ‘excellent response’ from dealers and visitors

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Classy canes draw interest in regional sales

31 August 2020

This sailor’s walking cane below displays many elements of the scrimshander’s art: a whalebone shaft carved with spiral fluting, collars inlaid with shell from the hawksbill turtle and a handle carved as a dove from the tooth of a sperm whale.

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Collection offered at auction highlights an engineer’s fascination in native history

31 August 2020

A number of single-owner collections feature in Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury’s September 22 Tribal Art and Antiquities auction. These include the Michael G Johnson collection which makes up over 100 lots in the North American section.

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Belgrave St Ives goes to online

31 August 2020

Belgrave St Ives is moving from its premises of 22 years to operate as an online gallery from September 1. Formerly using a space on Fore Street, it will now run out of its studio and art store in nearby Towednack, where individual viewings may be arranged.

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Norwich lion spoon takes pride of place at Salisbury auction

31 August 2020

Once the second city in the kingdom, Norwich had its own silver assay office during three periods between 1565 and 1702.

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Rich variety of printed material sold in Cornwall auction

31 August 2020

Extensively interleaved with scholarly notes and running to over 700pp, a Japanese and English Dictionary compiled by JC Hepburn was a notable rarity in a Cornish summer sale.

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Carving much mightier than a mouse

24 August 2020

The Robert Thompson firm produced shire horses, such as this example offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on July 23, from the 1960s-90s.

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'Gandhi' spectacles take £260,000 at Bristol auction

21 August 2020

A pair of spectacles, believed to have once belonged to Gandhi, were hammered down at £260,000 in Bristol (plus 21.6% buyer's premium inc VAT).

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Rothschild taste adds to record Salisbury total

17 August 2020

A group of works of art from a country home once owned by members of the Rothschild family boosted the latest Woolley & Wallis auction.

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