South-west England


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Rare Wright of Derby portrait reflects a tragic loss

14 February 2022

Among a flurry of historical portraits coming to the regional market at the start of this year, arguably the most notable appeared at Oxfordshire saleroom JS Fine Art (20% buyer’s premium).

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Books and works on paper: Variety spices up saleroom life

14 February 2022

If it’s a real mix of topics, genres and ages you are after, this auction had everything

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Solicitor’s sale reflects lifetime interest in West Country silver

07 February 2022

A Plymouth solicitor’s lifetime appreciation of West Country silver was shared by enthusiastic bidders at Chilcotts’ (21% buyer’s premium) Honiton rooms.

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If we’re not burning coal any more, what about furniture use?

07 February 2022

Among the more unusual recent lots at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was an early Victorian table carved from parrot coal.

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Cotswold dealership Houlston offers carvings from late dealer Jonathan Horne's collection

07 February 2022

A 20-piece group of early carved sculpture is on offer from Cotswold dealership Houlston.

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Old Masters two for one deal

07 February 2022

Intriguing lot offered paintings as central element and elaborate border section combined

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‘Fruteful and pleasant’ work

07 February 2022

Published in 1906 in a limited run of just 100 copies on paper and 20 on vellum was an edition of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia employing a red and black Subiaco typeface with red initials designed by Eric Gill.

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Silver Vaults dealer S&J Stodel wins the £26,000 trophy

31 January 2022

The potent mix of China, horseracing and the 1851 Great Exhibition yielded a strong price for this splendid ‘export’ silver trophy at auction.

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Rocking horses: the mane attraction

31 January 2022

Two of the main manufacturers of rocking horses – and competitors – featured in two salerooms recently.

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Egyptian king re-emerges for sale in Gloucestershire

31 January 2022

Greywacke sculpture headlines a series of high-flying results including £66,000 double bass

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Caravanette offers accommodation on the go

31 January 2022

If you cannot decide on whether to collect dolls’ houses or toy vehicles, try this lot offered at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Exotic Christopher Dresser chairs influenced by Egypt motifs

31 January 2022

Although catalogued by Smiths of Newent (20% buyer’s premium) as a chair from the early 19th century Empire period, this ebonised mahogany, gilt and polychrome side chair is more probably from the mid-Victorian period.

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Famed for whimsical cats, but Louis Wain also took Futurist inspiration

31 January 2022

The recent release of 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain' starring Benedict Cumberbatch provided a topical spin to this rare Amphora pottery model.

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Toys & collectables: Mini drivers power into saleroom

31 January 2022

Pedal cars are regular visitors to salerooms but rarer powered versions were also produced for children to use, partly for road safety training

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London exhibition lots join worldwide adventures at sale

31 January 2022

A handsome group of eight volumes commemorating the Great Exhibition of 1851 sold in Exeter had been presented to one of its commissioners, England’s serial Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone.

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CADA launches Cotswolds Curated exhibitions

31 January 2022

This spring the Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) launches Cotswolds Curated, a week of exhibitions by members around the area.

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Sindy sought by nostalgia-minded collectors

31 January 2022

These days, marketing a doll as Sindy’s saucy sister would be problematic. And the less said about outfits titled Hockey Honey or School Days, the better.

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R100 and Concorde toys take off at auction

31 January 2022

Before the crash of the R101 during its maiden voyage to France in October 1930, there had been great excitement around the potential of the airship.

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Variations that are key to Star Wars figure value

31 January 2022

As in so many collecting fields, slight variations can be key when it comes to pricing of TV generation toys.

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Handy if you have time to spare

24 January 2022

Horology dealer who will stand at Lingfield says buyers are keen to do repairs themselves

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