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Timely reminder of horses at war

30 January 2023

By the end of the First World War it has been estimated that over eight million horses had died.

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Home called Hazelwood stood in Shanghai

02 January 2023

A large reticulated ‘dragon and phoenix’ censer came for sale at Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham from a Herefordshire vendor whose family had lived in Shanghai in the 1930s.

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Unusual golf clubs chip in at regional firms

19 December 2022

The Higgs Deliverer ‘rake iron’ club was an attempt to solve a tricky golf problem: how to hit the ball out of sand, high grass or similar terrain.

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The furniture price adjustments that show a positive trend

10 October 2022

While traditional antique furniture prices are still relatively cheap, contemporary and mid-20th century material continues to be an expanding market.

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Focus on Chinese five-figure buys from the regions

10 October 2022

Although catalogued as Kangxi period, an ovoid blue and white vase offered by Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium) on September 20 is a Transitional piece.

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Rowland Hilder landscape attracts bidders at Mallams

03 October 2022

This typically wintry scene by the prolific artist Rowland Hilder (1905-93) was the star lot of Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Modern Living sale.

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Portraits from one of Gloucestershire’s oldest landowning families to be offered at Chorley’s

22 August 2022

A collection of portraits from a descendant of the Hicks Beach family of Witcombe Park will be offered at Chorley’s on September 21-22.

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Careful approach pays off in Cheltenham

25 July 2022

Mainland Chinese buyers bidding on jade, porcelain, wooden and textile offerings dominated the leader board at an Asian & Islamic sale at Cheltenham.

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Not so romantic: sailor’s valentines as souvenirs

25 July 2022

Sailor’s sweethearts or valentines were once thought to have been made by sailors as love tokens during their long trips away from home.

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Tale of two table cabinets in one sale

21 February 2022

Chorley’s (22.5% buyer’s premium) Fine Art & Antiques auction was topped at £28,000 by a 17th century Mughal ivory inlaid rosewood table cabinet.

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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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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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Jades in demand in Dorset and Cheltenham

17 January 2022

The outstanding jade offered in the regions in the October-December period was this pale celadon teapot and cover that came for sale at Duke’s in Dorchester on December 8 from a Dutch private collection where it had been since the 1980s.

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Netsuke makes a stand

18 October 2021

This 7½in (19cm) Japanese wood netsuke shows the standing figure of Ashinaga with his arms outstretched.

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Ming mythical beast plays the weighting game

18 October 2021

This Ming period bronze weight comes in the form of a recumbent mythical beast.

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Maori pendant boosted by fine notable provenance

18 October 2021

A Maori hei-tiki pendant offered in Cheltenham on September 16 had an old paper label verso stating that it originally belonged to Makoare Te Taonui.

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Rare copy of pioneering black poet Phillis Wheatley's work makes £16,500 at Cotswolds auction

09 August 2021

Edition marked the first time a person of African descent had work published

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Double gourd snuff bottle sniffed out

26 July 2021

Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Asian art sale was topped at £27,000 (estimate £3000-5000) by a Qing jade double gourd form snuff bottle.

Over 200 standholders expected at Festival of Antiques at Cheltenham Racecourse

05 July 2021

“I’m expecting a 50-50 split from the exhibitors who follow my fairs and dealers local to the area”, said Nick Bayliss, talking about his new annual Festival of Antiques at Cheltenham Racecourse.

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Mdina Glass and Leon Osman silver shine bright

12 April 2021

Michael Harris signature piece sells well at auction alongside Louis Osman silver spoons set