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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.

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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

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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.’

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Turret clock tops it off at Bath auction

09 November 2020

The latest Clocks & Watches sale at Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium) in Corsham, near Bath, was topped at £16,000 by this large iron two-train turret clock movement by Thomas Cooke (1807-68) of York. The estimate was £1000-2000.

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How to handle a crunch time

02 November 2020

Dealer says the market for vintage items such as biscuit tins is holding up well

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Deep pockets required for rare Submariner

26 October 2020

A Rolex Submariner 5512, bought for around £70 by its original owner in 1964, has sold for £175,000 at auction in Wiltshire.

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Organiser delighted to be back in Bath

21 September 2020

Suspended for months, the Bath Vintage & Antiques Market at the Green Park Station in the city returns on Sunday September 27, which has delighted organiser Naomi Knight.

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Kangxi – but badly damaged

20 April 2020

It is badly damaged, but this large shallow dish offered by Aldridges of Bath (20% buyer’s premium) is an outstanding example of Kangxi mark and period famille verte porcelain.

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Pick of the week: The Kashmir shawl of a former governor of India

06 April 2020

The recent auction held ‘live online’ by Aldridges of Bath included this spectacular hand-woven north Indian long shawl, or dochalla. It came with a colonial provenance.