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Portraits from one of Gloucestershire’s oldest landowning families to be offered at Chorley’s

22 August 2022

A collection of portraits from a descendant of the Hicks Beach family of Witcombe Park will be offered at Chorley’s on September 21-22.

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Go batty about a brooch

22 August 2022

Although, thanks in part to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (first published in 1897), bats have acquired a reputation as ‘creatures of the night’ in many cultures they are viewed as symbols of luck or reincarnation.

George IV dining table

Pick of the week: George IV period dining table in demand at Bath sale

15 August 2022

A recent sale at Aldridges of Bath (20% buyer’s premium) included a fine George IV period mahogany extending dining table.

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In the emperor’s service

15 August 2022

The French silver-gilt table knife and fork shown here, c.1810, is from a service made for Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Trafalgar celebrated with a splash of vinegar

15 August 2022

This example of the well-known Nelson memorial vinaigrette made by Matthew Linwood of Birmingham in 1805 sold for £2800 at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Pick of the week: Murder most foul but fascinating jug bid to 27-times estimate

08 August 2022

The murder of William Weare in the Hertfordshire village of Radlett in 1823 has been called the first trial by newspaper.

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Cheers! Harold Knight portrait takes £46,000 at David Lay auction

08 August 2022

A combination of artist, sitter, date and quality ensured a compelling Newlyn school portrait caught the eye at David Lay’s latest auction in Penzance.

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Cooper Events returns to the Cotswolds and Chester

08 August 2022

Cotswolds fair provides a summer treat while Chester makes an autumn comeback

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Next step for dealers who opened during lockdown

08 August 2022

Two different dealers that started their businesses during lockdown are embarking on the next part of their careers.

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Art Deco suite ‘went to sea’

08 August 2022

According to family history, an Art Deco four-piece suite offered by Mander (20% buyer’s premium) in Sudbury on July 9 has an ocean-going history.

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Panels impress in sideboard sale

08 August 2022

As Sand, an Elizabethan house in east Devon which has been in the Huyshe family since 1560, is being sold for the first time in over 460 years, Chilcotts (21% buyer’s premium) dispersed much of the contents on July 16.

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Agatha Christie makes plea to ‘Pop’ to promote her book

08 August 2022

Bid to £16,000 in a sale held by Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Dorchester was a 1921 first of Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious House at Styles.

Lord Byron mourning ring

Pick of the week: Romantic poet Byron remembered in the form of a mourning ring

25 July 2022

He may have been considered ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ but items connected to Lord Byron (1788-1824) make for very welcome auction consignments.

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Careful approach pays off in Cheltenham

25 July 2022

Mainland Chinese buyers bidding on jade, porcelain, wooden and textile offerings dominated the leader board at an Asian & Islamic sale at Cheltenham.

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Geography guide in your hand

25 July 2022

Playing cards displaying maps lead a look at a Gloucestershire sale

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Not so romantic: sailor’s valentines as souvenirs

25 July 2022

Sailor’s sweethearts or valentines were once thought to have been made by sailors as love tokens during their long trips away from home.

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Art market: Nicholson - look on the bright side

25 July 2022

Colourful work with provenance back to artist’s sister catches the attention in Kent saleroom

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William Ratcliffe still life makes rare appearance in Cotswolds

25 July 2022

Works by William Ratcliffe (1870- 1955) are pretty rare on the market and, when they do turn up, they tend to appear at London auctions.

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Tuning up: musical lots make impressive saleroom results

18 July 2022

This early 17th century harpsichord is inscribed to the name baton for Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp, 1614.

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An Unbroken run of success

18 July 2022

A ‘Jolly Roger’ or pirate flag that records the Second World War exploits of a British submarine flew once more in a militaria sale earlier this summer.

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