South-west England


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Corbels count as an unusual feature

09 October 2023

This Queen Anne period marquetry longcase featured in a sale of furniture, works of art and clocks held by Woolley & Wallis (26/20% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury from October 4-5.

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Jacobite drinking glasses toast Old and Young Pretenders to the throne

09 October 2023

Hot on the heels of just over 20 lots of 18th century Jacobite drinking glasses offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on August 16 (see ATG No 2607), more of these desirable items appeared at two other salerooms.

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Turret clocks take the attention

09 October 2023

Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, near Bath, is selling a collection of turret clocks as part of its horology auction on October 26-27. All are from one source and fully restored.

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Samuel Johnson letter located and bought by UK institution at auction

09 October 2023

While its existence was known, the whereabouts was a mystery until a routine house valuation

Declaration and seal

Ivory seal deemed to be of ‘outstanding’ value comes to Cirencester auction

02 October 2023

The sale at Moore Allen & Innocent on October 11-12 includes a series of personal items relating to William Duke of Clarence, later William IV (1765-1837).

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It’s a small world: Cary pocket globes emerge in two sales

02 October 2023

Three-inch globes were mostly sold as pocket globes, typically as a terrestrial globe contained within a ray-skin case with the celestial gores for the heavens pasted inside.

Lyme Regis station target sign

Pick of the week: Railway station sign steams well above the target

02 October 2023

When it comes to the value of classic railway station signs, key factors include: is the site now disused? Was it from a holiday resort? Is it an early design?

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Classic Bawden Essex linocut rides into the Cotswolds

02 October 2023

Among the Modern British prints generating interest at auction this summer was a copy of Edward Bawden’s (1903-89) linocut 'The Road to Thaxted'.

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Cross collecting: artist and also a renowned art historian

02 October 2023

The work of artist and art historian Tom Cross (1931-2009) is showcased this autumn with an exhibition spanning two Cornish venues.

Philip Taubenheim and Joseph Trinder

Trinder rejoins auction house where he started, now as joint partner

25 September 2023

Wotton Auction Rooms has a new ownership structure as Joseph Trinder re-joins the business.

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No, it’s not a Wally Bird...

25 September 2023

Anthropomorphic bird jars are typically associated with the work of the Martin Brothers in Southall, London.

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Rare enamel advertising design on the move in Wiltshire

25 September 2023

The sale of Enamel Signs, Automobilia and Advertising at Chippenham Auction Rooms (20% buyer’s premium) on July 29 included a rare pictorial enamel design depicting the Mauretania at full steam advertising Holzapfels Composition.

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Tuke trio comes together in Cornish saleroom

25 September 2023

Two portraits and a shipping scene by the Newlyn School artist were consigned from three different sources

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Antiquities lots turn heads in salerooms

25 September 2023

This carved marble portrait head of a youth shown here is Roman and comes from a tightly dated period of the 2nd century.

Peter Hone

Peter Hone's collection comes to auction in Cornwall but is on view in his Notting Hill home

21 September 2023

Fancy a chance to view a treasure trove of classical friezes, Grand Tour discoveries, textiles and drawings in an ornate Notting Hill home?

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Mystery manuscript identified at Cornish auction

18 September 2023

One of two texts in a single volume revealed after eager bidding to be by Hungarian Jesuit

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Old Masters: Off-peak service in the market

18 September 2023

While the ‘peak season’ for Old Master sales in the UK traditionally falls twice a year in early July and December, coinciding with the flagship sales in the London rooms, notable lots nevertheless appear throughout the year at auctions around the country.

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Dutch scholar sitter comes with a princely provenance

18 September 2023

A handsome portrait with a princely provenance was among a group of intriguing Old Masters offered at a Gloucestershire saleroom

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New Saltash event adds to organiser’s portfolio of fairs in Cornwall

18 September 2023

Further details of a new fair taking place in Cornwall have been announced.

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Busy schedule and media interest boost Shepton Mallet fleamarket

18 September 2023

One of the most popular fleas in the country has been very busy this year, both with the numbers of stallholders and visitors, says the organiser.

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