South-west England


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Lovely bubbly: cheers to the charitable froth blowers

11 September 2023

The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers was a British charitable organisation established in the decade after the First World War ‘to foster the noble Art and gentle and healthy Pastime of froth blowing among Gentlemen of-leisure and ex-Soldiers’.

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Charles II casket could do with a bit of love

11 September 2023

Lawrences’ (30% buyer’s premium) summer sales series in Crewkerne included a Charles II period stumpwork casket.

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Arts & Crafts courtesy of jeweller Ella Naper and mentor Frederick James Partridge

04 September 2023

Jewellery from the estate of Ella Naper (1886-1972) was offered at Lay’s (21% buyer’s premium) in Lanner, Cornwall on August 10-11.

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Heavenly delights from Chameroy at Salisbury sale

04 September 2023

The precursor to the Woolley & Wallis Fine Jewellery sale on October 25 is a single-owner catalogue devoted to the collection of Jean Louis Chameroy (1946-2020).

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Hand-embroidered pannier dress flies over expectations

04 September 2023

By the mid-18th century, as the fashion for the pannier dress reached its peak, some women wore dresses measuring 7ft (2.13m) wide.

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William and Mary portraits drive delftware demand

28 August 2023

Dated and inscribed and royal portrait subjects are the most desirable classes of early delftware

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Salisbury sale includes pieces from the Jonathan Horne collection

28 August 2023

The glass and ceramics sales held by Woolley & Wallis usually include several designated single-owner collections and properties and the September 19 auction is no exception

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The web shop window: pair of Blue John lanterns

28 August 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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A Duncan Grant market tester

28 August 2023

Testing the market for still-lifes by Bloomsbury school favourite Duncan Grant (1885-1978), a painting by the artist emerged fresh from a notable source in Somerset.

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Claret jug on an Odyssey

28 August 2023

This elegant Victorian clear glass claret jug of neoclassical design featured in the July 27 sale at Kinghams (25/18/15% buyer’s premium).

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Evelyn De Morgan goes for gold using unusual medium

21 August 2023

Trial run for a full worked-up version counts as a highly sought-after picture in its own right

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Sofa surprise at £10,800

21 August 2023

A pair of mahogany framed sofas, one shown here, caught the eye when they featured in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) auction on August 3.

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Not plain to see: highly decorative furniture in focus

21 August 2023

Spotlight on a selection of auction lots made using unusual or exotic materials

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Dip into the Grand Tour with a sarcophagus inkstand

21 August 2023

This 19th century carved Siena marble inkstand is fashioned in the form of an ancient Roman sarcophagus.

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Tutankhamen pharaoh tomb find detailed in three volumes

14 August 2023

Account of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb comes as rare set with dust jackets intact

Classic cars and live music at new Port Eliot event

14 August 2023

Alexa Robins, organiser of AFC Fairs’ big antiques and vintage event at the Royal Cornwall Showground, is very excited by news of a new fair she’s been asked to put on.

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Curated in the Cotswolds again

07 August 2023

The Cotswolds Vintage Fairs has been run annually with various curators in August for 13 years at the village hall at Toddington, near Broadway.

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Newspaper cartoonist Giles attracts serious collecting interest

07 August 2023

In recent times the work of newspaper cartoonists has been reassessed with a nod to its artistic, technical and historical merit.

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Sun comes out for expanded Cotswolds fair

07 August 2023

Pictures on sale at the burgeoning event depict warm and more usual seasonal days

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Unusual styles at the sharp end: needlework pictures and paper cuts

07 August 2023

Do embroidery and cut-paper pictures count as art? Bidders certainly appreciate their expertise

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