South-west England


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Pick of the week: Gill puts WH Smith on the map

19 April 2019

A large oil on panel map by MacDonald Gill celebrating the presence of stationer WH Smith on the British high street in the 1920s was hammered down at £50,000 in Gloucestershire.

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Exceptional Tunbridge workbox makes £6500

19 April 2019

Meeting all the criteria for Tunbridge ware collectors, this workbox on stand below was one of the top buys at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Taunton on April 4.

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Victorian gold necklace shows cutting edge of the Grand Tour

19 April 2019

A Victorian hardstone and gold necklace and similar brooch sold for an unexpected £7500 (estimate £600-800) at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on April 11.

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Lindisfarne watercolour by Alfred Heaton Cooper sells at over 10-times estimate

19 April 2019

A watercolour of Lindisfarne Priory off the Northumberland coast sold for more than 12 times its guide at Taunton saleroom Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Dorchester saleroom Duke's to hold ‘biggest house contents auction’ in the regions for a decade

15 April 2019

Duke’s of Dorchester has announced what promises to be the biggest house contents sale of the year and the largest by a UK regional auction house for more than a decade.

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18th century harpsichord is the key lot at Bath auction

15 April 2019

With a documented provenance and inscribed by the maker Sébastien Garnier, Paris, 1747, a two-manual harpsichord was the top performer at the latest musical instruments sale held by Corsham, Bath, specialist Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium).

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Volumes from voyage on HMS Challenger sold at Dominic Winter

15 April 2019

Running to 50 volumes in all, the official report on 'The Scientific Results of the Voyage of HMS Challenger during the years 1873-76 in Atlantic, Pacific and Antarctic seas' took some 23 years to complete.

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Mouseman’s homely charm provides comfort

15 April 2019

More homely than the material being produced in Scandinavia and France, the adzed oak furniture first made by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson in the 1920s-30s was, nevertheless, a distinctive genre.

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Georgian ladies shoes step up to four figures at Stroud Auctions

15 April 2019

It was a case of best feet forward at Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) when a pair of Georgian ladies’ embroidered shoes with cut steel buckles and leather soles was offered.

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Ski resort chairs slide into saleroom

15 April 2019

When it comes to 20th century furniture female designers are a rarity. Some folk still think ‘Ray’ Eames – real name Bernice – was a man.

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WH Smith archive of rare maps and signs heads to auction in Gloucestershire

12 April 2019

A rare map of Britain and lettering for signage painted by artist Eric Gill (1882-1940) are among the lots coming up at auction from a WH Smith archive.

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“An absolute belter” – ‘Anglo-German’ George I bookcase bid to £120,000

11 April 2019

An extraordinary George I burr walnut bureau bookcase was bought for £120,000 when Duke’s of Dorchester sold the contents of Moigne Combe on April 10.

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Japanese collection from the Axminster carpets family comes to auction in Cheltenham

09 April 2019

A collection of 29 Japanese objects including boxes – known as inrō – will be offered at auction at Mallams in Cheltenham next month.

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Snaring the Scharnhorst

08 April 2019

Once the Tirpitz had been damaged by midget submarines (see main story this section), the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst was left to tackle British convoys to Russia alone. A trap was set by the Royal Navy in December 1943.

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Vice Admiral's medals to be sold at Lawrences

08 April 2019

Lawrences of Crewkerne’s militaria auction on May 16 will include an important set of awards and medals to Vice Admiral Sir HT Walwyn.

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Cottingley Fairies hoax photographs that famously fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on offer at Dominic Winter auction

02 April 2019

Original photographs from the Cottingley Fairies hoax which famously fooled Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are among a group of lots coming up at a Gloucestershire saleroom.

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Silver charger runs up impressive price

01 April 2019

Bearing later Georgian or Victorian embossed decoration, this 13¾in (35cm) diameter, 22oz silver charger, below, was a much earlier work.

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Cricket scene bowls over bidders

01 April 2019

Providing a stern test of the resolve of cricket enthusiasts, a Victorian loving cup was the unexpected star of Michael J Bowman’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Chudleigh.

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The progress of man in Somerset

01 April 2019

A ‘turn-up’ religious text was one of the earlier, rarer and more expensive items in a Somerset sale.

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Beatles and Who in tune at auctions

01 April 2019

Signed to the front cover by all four members of the group, a 1963 ‘Star Special’ (No 12) issue of the fan magazine Meet the Beatles sold for £4200 at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) on March 6. It also bore the name of a former owner, one RC Zebedee of Bournemouth.

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