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Polar bears vase

Japanese vase's icy blast gets a warm welcome at Bath auction

12 December 2022

The Makuzu Kozan workshop was established by Miyagawa Kozan (1842- 1916) in Yokohama, one of the main portals of trade with the West, in 1871.

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Bidders on the alert to find Chinese sleepers

31 October 2022

The cylindrical brush pot or bitong appears to have been introduced into the repertoire of Chinese ceramic forms in the late 1620s.

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Bath VA market comes under new ownership

17 October 2022

Organiser of Wembley and Cheltenham events takes over.

Manuscript

Bath astronomy museum to raise £108,000 to buy manuscript via Christie’s private sale

28 September 2022

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath has launched a fundraising campaign to buy a Caroline Herschel memoir.

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Portrait could be of US author Sedgwick

29 August 2022

A small portrait of a woman that was pitched at £100-150 drew a bidding battle that carried it over 10 times estimate.

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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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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Fair report: trade day at Bath was buzzing

18 April 2022

Mary Hossack Decorative Antiques was among the many exhibitors enjoying a successful trade day at the recent Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, selling a 20th birdcage modelled on the Sacré Coeur for £1300 among many other items.

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At an indoor fair: All the fun – and serendipity – of the fair

11 April 2022

At a mid or high-end art and antiques fair buyers can comfortably get round all the stands in a day and have time to browse, consider and discuss with expert dealers. Such events have a more relaxed and social vibe to them: dealers invite their clients along and hope to meet new buyers by attracting them onto their stands with eye-catching items and displays.

William Beckford

Deathbed picture of controversial collector William Beckford bought by museum

23 March 2022

The 1844 portrait William Beckford on his Deathbed by Willes Maddox (1813-53) has been purchased by Bath Preservation Trust and will go on display at Beckford’s Tower and Museum this month.

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Somebody found to love Queen artwork

21 March 2022

The original artwork for Queen’s A Day at the Races sold for £21,000 (estimate £5000-10,000) at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium).

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Bath Decorative Fair celebrates spring with return to former spot in the calendar

14 March 2022

Traders look forward to fairs such as Bath after numerous challenges of sourcing new items

A portrait of Caroline Herschel

Bath museum buys visitor book of astronomer Caroline Herschel

09 March 2022

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath has bought Caroline Herschel’s visitor book dating from her time living near Windsor.

Bath generates an atmosphere

15 November 2021

The pre-Christmas market organised by Bath Vintage and Antique Markets this year runs on Sunday, November 28.

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Bath: a fair with a friendly vibe

18 October 2021

Relaxed atmosphere of event held in the historic city wins praise from traders.

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Knight back in Bath

16 August 2021

Naomi Knight is back with her Sunday monthly and popular Bath Vintage & Antiques Markets with the next on August 29.

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Fables and gospels in 1931 format

24 May 2021

Copy of the 1931 Golden Cockerel edition of The Four Gospels illustrated with woodcuts by Eric Gill stars in Bath auction.

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‘All outdoors and covid secure’ for Shepton Flea

24 May 2021

Nine months after the last Shepton Flea was held at the Royal Bath & West Showground the market returns on Sunday May 30.

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Fairs updates in Oxfordshire and Bath

17 May 2021

Joy O’Meara of Jay Fairs is disappointed but sanguine about the news that the parish hall in the Oxfordshire village of Benson will close for refurbishment from June to October, thus causing her to cancel her monthly antique and vintage fairs at the venue.

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Longines ‘Tuna can’ timepiece sold at Gardiner Houlgate

08 March 2021

This rare 1940s Longines British military issue is appropriately nicknamed the ‘tuna can.’