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English and European ceramics: A new frontier

18 March 2019

A month before the emergence of three Compass factory figures in Lewes, the eighth and ninth recorded pieces by America’s earliest-known porcelain maker were offered for sale in Salisbury.

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Maiolica jars bring some magic to Salisbury

18 March 2019

The ceramics sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on April 30 includes two maiolica apothecary jars and covers from the celebrated Fortuna series – an ambitious suite of pharmacy jars and jugs made in the third quarter of the 16th century.

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Clarice Cliff across the price spectrum at Woolley & Wallis including a side plate designed by Laura Knight

11 March 2019

A selection of five pieces of Clarice Cliff offered at different price levels at Woolley & Wallis on March 20 .

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‘The Clarice Cliff collecting market has grown older with me’

11 March 2019

Familiar striking shapes and bright colours retain a strong following despite a fall in demand from the 1980s-90s heyday.

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Six lots of Clarice Cliff for sale at Woolley & Wallis later this month

07 March 2019

Two collections of Clarice Cliff pottery are coming up for sale in Salisbury, from typical wares to the very rare. ATG talks to Woolley & Wallis specialist Michael Jeffery about six lots that reflect the evolution of the pioneering designer’s output

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Alfred Jewel discovered again

11 February 2019

Among the more eagerly contested entries to the Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) sale on January 24 was a late 19th century replica of the Alfred Jewel: the great example of Anglo-Saxon goldsmithing found in Somerset in 1693 and today one of the most popular exhibits at the Ashmolean Museum.

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Excellent English examples of pistols trigger bidding

28 January 2019

The Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) sale in London on December 5 included several excellent pairs of English pistols.

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Salisbury auction house sees in the new year in style as department sets a new high

21 January 2019

Historically the first major sale of the year, the January ‘furniture’ auction at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) turns eyes towards Salisbury for evidence of what the next 12 months will bring.

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Another good day on the tiles for De Morgan

21 January 2019

The British Art Pottery sales at Woolley & Wallis have posted some remarkable sums for single William De Morgan tiles.

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Pottery’s equal opportunities: Modern ceramics is a collecting field ahead of the game when it comes to female talent

14 January 2019

The drive by, among others, the Royal Academy and the National Gallery to promote women’s importance in art would have required little effort had campaigners looked at the world of modern ceramics.

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More of ‘America’s first porcelain’ surfaces in UK

07 January 2019

A previously unrecorded teabowl and saucer attributed to a pioneering American porcelain factory is expected to bring a six-figure sum when offered for sale in Salisbury next month.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

03 December 2018

Believed to be unique, this grimacing stoneware dog jar and lid from the Martin Brothers pottery is up for auction at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis on December 12.

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Fifty exhibitors at Larmer Tree Gardens as brocante blossoms

26 November 2018

Sally Knott has been running the biannual two-day Dorset Brocante for three years at two venues: in August at Deans Court, Wimborne, and in the autumn at Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury.

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Silver sells as a Malteser pleaser

26 November 2018

Despite its size and various eras of occupation, Malta sustained a vibrant silver and gold-working tradition across several centuries.

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Portrait sitter in saleroom as ‘Chinese Mona Lisa’ hits £1.7m

19 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis celebrated its 10th £1m-plus lot last week, selling a portrait by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) for £1.7m (plus premium). The sitter – the artist’s wife pictured in the early days of their marriage – was in Salisbury to watch the sale.

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Forget me not with a sweetheart brooch

19 November 2018

A popular form of gift or memento to loved ones as troops left for the front was a ‘sweetheart brooch’.

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Preview: Hundred Days Offensive medal group

19 November 2018

The Hundred Days Offensive broke the back of German resistance in 1918 and by November the Allies were surging well beyond the once static Western Front.

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Chinese ‘Mona Lisa’ owned by Body Shop founder Anita Roddick sells for £1.7m at auction – watch video

13 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury sold an important oil by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) today for £1.7m (plus 25/12% buyer’s premium). It came for sale from the charity established by Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick (1942-2007).

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Better by design: the Anne Shannon collection at auction in Salisbury

12 November 2018

The sale of the Anne Shannon collection of British and Continental designer jewellery will live long in the memory.

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Renaissance ring joins Salisbury double act

12 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis followed the Shannon collection with a mixed-owner sale on November 1. Together the auctions brought a premium-inclusive £2.1m.