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A diamond house call in Taunton

22 July 2019

A collection of diamond jewellery attracted international competition at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) June sale in Taunton. The cache of pre-war jewels was consigned following a house call by gemmologist and valuer Richard Slater. “It was a wonderful selection of jewellery. The owner had great taste,” he said.

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Rising market for Mouseman as bookends sell for £10,000

15 July 2019

A rare pair of bookends by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson attracted huge interest and a remarkable £10,000 winning bid at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

Firm’s future looking fine near Exeter

08 July 2019

A Taunton antiques company has taken over a long-running local antiques business.

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Furniture rolls back the years

27 May 2019

Two collections assembled since the late 1960s enthuse a fresh generation of buyers.

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Portcullis brooches boost value of Suffragette hunger strike medal sold in Somerset saleroom

24 May 2019

With so many Suffragette medals on the market during the past year and a half, coinciding in 2018 with the centenary of votes for women in the UK, it is the added extras that can make all the difference to auction price.

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The web shop window: 'Roses in an Omega Pot' by Duncan Grant

06 May 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Abolitionist mug draws interest at Lawrences

06 May 2019

Opening the antique ceramics section of Lawrences’ (25% buyer’s premium) four-day sale in Crewkerne was the William Farrar Jackson collection of commemorative English pottery.

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Kinsale marrow scoop is a cut above in Crewkerne

29 April 2019

On account of its relative scarcity, all Irish silver carries a premium. It is the pieces made in small provincial centres that are most highly prized.

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Snuff boxes and vinaigrettes sell out after emerging from longstanding collection at auction

29 April 2019

Offered as a sale within a sale, 34 silver snuff boxes and vinaigrettes came fresh to market at Lawrences’ April 9 sale after decades in a private collection.

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Exceptional Tunbridge workbox makes £6500

19 April 2019

Meeting all the criteria for Tunbridge ware collectors, this workbox on stand below was one of the top buys at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Taunton on April 4.

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Victorian gold necklace shows cutting edge of the Grand Tour

19 April 2019

A Victorian hardstone and gold necklace and similar brooch sold for an unexpected £7500 (estimate £600-800) at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on April 11.

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Lindisfarne watercolour by Alfred Heaton Cooper sells at over 10-times estimate

19 April 2019

A watercolour of Lindisfarne Priory off the Northumberland coast sold for more than 12 times its guide at Taunton saleroom Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Hats off to artist Doris Hatt

11 March 2019

The Court Gallery has joined forces with the Museum of Somerset to stage an exhibition of the works of Doris Hatt (1890-1969), a local pioneer of British modernism.

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Bazaars coming up in Wiltshire and Somerset

25 February 2019

Vintage millinery dealer Claire Powell and textiles dealer Liz van Hasselt are business partners in the long-running Vintage Bazaars in Wiltshire and Somerset.

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Dora Carrington ‘tinsel’ painting of circus is top lot as buyers splash the cash in Somerset auction

04 February 2019

“There’s no money around in January” is the refrain you often hear from businesses in the new year. But, as we know, the auction world behaves differently from other commercial markets.

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Rare Dresser armchair made for Art Furnishers’ Alliance makes 70-times estimate at auction

28 January 2019

This Aesthetic movement X-frame armchair took £11,000 against an estimate of just £100-150 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Bidder nets Singaporean fishing scene in Taunton

21 January 2019

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) first sale of the year got off to a bright start with a Singaporean painting sailing to £19,000.

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Glad as a Flatter to be selling glass

07 January 2019

Glass specialists Liz and Mike Flatter will be first-time exhibitors at the IACF Shepton Mallet antiques and collectors’ fair at the Bath and West Showground on Friday to Sunday, January 18-20.

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Artist Lauder goes up in the world thanks to Somerset exhibition

10 September 2018

British modernist Kenneth Lauder (1916-2004) used to entreat his opticians to create spectacles that would allow him to see the world upside down. They refused, but he remained determined to view life in a different way.

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Varanasi waterfront takes pride of place in Somerset

03 September 2018

An Indian School work guided at £100-150 was the star turn at Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19.5% buyer’s premium) of Taunton in Somerset on August 2.