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Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.

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'Witch' mirrors enchant buyers at Duke's auction

14 October 2019

Catalogued as ‘witch’ mirrors, this c.1970 pair certainly charmed bidders at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium). The key was the signature Line Vautrin, ROI for the Parisienne designer and decorative artist Line Vautrin (1913-97).

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Two Mod Brit works back on market in Dorset saleroom

14 October 2019

Oil paintings by two significant names in Modern British art made their first appearances on the market in decades at an auction in Dorset.

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10 top lots on offer at Duke’s auction of contents from Athelhampton House

03 October 2019

“Good old-fashioned country house auctions are a rarity these days and it is a privilege to organise one against such an historic backdrop.” So says Guy Schwinge of Dorchester auction house Duke’s, referring to the upcoming sale of the contents from Athelhampton House in Dorset.

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Previews: £15,000 plus

30 September 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Pugilist pioneers bid to punchy price at Dorset saleroom

23 September 2019

Daniel Mendoza is considered one of the first ‘modern’ boxers – one who helped elevate boxing to a sport rather than just two blokes beating each other up.

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On the scent of Emms - sporting scene hunted out at auction

16 September 2019

It was while working as a studio assistant to Lord Leighton in the early 1860s that John Emms (1841-1912) travelled to Lyndhurst in the New Forest, a trip that would define his career as a painter of dog portraits and sporting scenes.

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Fashionable woman is all the rage at auction

02 September 2019

Estimated at £100-150, this mid-20th century portrait of a fashionably dressed young woman attracted a flurry of bids at Sherborne saleroom Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium).

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Prolific painter pair appears in Dorset saleroom

12 August 2019

Landscape painter Sidney Richard Percy (1821-86) is described in Christopher Wood’s Dictionary of Victorian Painters as “a prolific and variable painter, and his prices vary accordingly”.

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Pick of the week: ‘Blonde bombshell’ poster makes big impact at auction

22 July 2019

A controversial Second World War poster by renowned designer Abram Games (1914-96) has sold for what is believed to be an auction record.

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Classic wartime posters impress in Dorset auction including a probable Abram Games record price

18 July 2019

A poster which is one of the most famous worldwide is also one of the rarest: just six copies of the British First World War design showing a fierce Kitchener pointing at YOU are known to exist.

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Complete set of classic Art Deco-style vintage travel posters by Tom Purvis for sale at auction for the first time

27 June 2019

A rare opportunity to buy a whole set of one of the most popular Art Deco-style travel posters ever produced is coming up at auction on July 12.

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Elisabeth Frink maquette flies to five figures

27 May 2019

Inside Manchester Airport stands a sculpture dedicated to John Alcock and Arthur Brown, two aviators who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919.

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The elusive earlier John Frederick Lewis

27 May 2019

While the 19th century English painter John Frederick Lewis (1805-76) is chiefly remembered for his major Orientalist creations – several of which have sold for more than £1m at auction – much less is known about his early career.

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Exceptional farmhouse table brings excellent price

27 May 2019

Catalogued as ‘exceptional’, this farmhouse refectory table fulfilled the auctioneer’s adjective in more than one way at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Dorchester on April 26.

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Salerooms aim to create a home from home when dispersing traditional country house contents

13 May 2019

With ‘on the premises’ country house contents sales now so rare, the more usual practice is for the better pieces to be removed to saleroom bases.

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Early Chelsea porcelain continues to attract bidders

06 May 2019

A matched pair of Chelsea mugs cropped up in an Andrew Smith’s (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Hampshire.

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Wanli altar vase heads to Duke’s

06 May 2019

Duke’s Asian sale on May 20 includes this Wanli (1572-1620) mark and period wucai ‘zun’ altar vase.

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Preview: £30,000 plus

06 May 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Dorchester saleroom Duke's to hold ‘biggest house contents auction’ in the regions for a decade

15 April 2019

Duke’s of Dorchester has announced what promises to be the biggest house contents sale of the year and the largest by a UK regional auction house for more than a decade.