Wales


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Two shows of Welsh art

24 July 2017

The two galleries in Wales that fall under the umbrella of Martin Tinney celebrate local art in their summer shows.

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Wander through a Welsh county

03 July 2017

Carmarthenshire is full of delights for antiques buyers. Here, we look at a brocante trial, views of castles coming up at a fair and another event in which you can go potty at a botanic garden.

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Why the Blairman bunch do like to be beside the seaside

03 July 2017

Furniture and works of art dealer Martin Levy took a trip to the north Wales seaside recently.

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Welsh art shows maturity in the market

30 May 2017

“The good thing for Welsh art is the maturity of the tourist industry. It’s no longer, ‘if you want to go to Wales, you go to Butlin’s in Pwllheli’.” Ben Rogers Jones of Rogers Jones (20% buyer’s premium) puts much of the increased demand for Welsh art over the last 20 years down to that tourism trend.

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'Britain’s Fabulous Disc Stars' - early Beatles poster ignites bidding battle

30 May 2017

A gig poster advertising as the headline act ‘Britain’s Fabulous Disc Stars!’ sold for £28,000 at the Roger Jones (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) May 23 auction.

Hay Festival

Secrets of Koh-i Noor diamond to be revealed at Hay Festival in Wales

25 May 2017

The mysterious history of the Koh-i Noor diamond will be revealed during the Hay Festival by authors of a new book.

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Welsh auction wizardry showcases range of artists

02 May 2017

Held several times a year, the all-Cymru affair has been a regular fixture of Rogers Jones’ calendar for 16 years, offering primarily Welsh art and pottery.

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Welsh gardens event is a growth market

18 April 2017

Since its launch eight years ago, Derwen Fairs’ antiques and vintage market at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales has gone from a one to two-day run, trebled in size to 100 stands and has four dates this year.

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Seven heaven in Neath

10 April 2017

Someone else who has seen a gap in the market is Gaynor Lloyd. Her new antiques centre opened last month in Neath, seven miles north of Swansea.

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Wide world of the Welsh art market

05 April 2017

Two exhibitions mark the 25th anniversary of Welsh art specialist Martin Tinney Gallery.

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Seven bestsellers from significant Scottish and Welsh house contents sales

30 March 2017

Just like buses, you wait a long time and then three significant house contents sales turn up at once. This week saw the auction of items from the Scottish families the Forbes of Pitsligo and the Earls and Marquesses of Lothian at Sotheby’s. This was followed the next day at Bonhams by the sale of the contents of Lord Harlech's Welsh family home Glyn Cywarch in Gwynedd. A selection of the highlights are pictured here:

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Gareth Edwards Welsh rugby jersey up for auction

14 February 2017

Saturday’s last-gasp, nail-biting England victory was hailed as one of the greatest games of the Six Nations championship. Talking of rugby ‘greats’, a jersey coming up at auction on February 18 is a reminder of an earlier international player who falls into the ‘legend’ sports category.

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Lord Harlech's Kennedy letters and a painting by Queen Elizabeth I’s portraitist go to auction

01 February 2017

Intimate letters from a recently widowed Jackie Kennedy and a painting by Queen Elizabeth I’s portraitist are among the lots being auctioned from Lord Harlech’s estate. After inheriting Glyn Cywarch, the family house and grounds in Talsarnau, Gwynedd in Wales on the death of his father in February, Jasset Ormsby Gore, now the seventh Lord Harlech, decided to put his film production career on hold to focus on the estate. To fund the upkeep of the Grade II-listed property he made the decision to auction off 400 lots at Bonhams on March 29.

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Welsh whisky bottles sell for over £14,000 at Carmarthen auction

20 December 2016

English wines are steadily gaining a reputation for decent quality, with sparkling styles in particular starting to challenge Champagne as an alternative patriotic option. Back in 1889, it was Welsh whisky throwing the gauntlet down to Scotland in the hope of supping long-running success.

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Lord Harlech to sell family collection at Bonhams

14 November 2016

The new Lord Harlech, music video-maker Jasset Ormsby Gore, is offering 400 items at auction from his family estate.

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The Irish 20p coin from 1985 which could be worth £7000-8000

25 October 2016

It is not always the most obviously valuable coins that make the most at auction. Or even the ones with the highest original value. A humble Irish 20p dating from the relatively recent year of 1985 is a good case in point.

Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein

New BBC art show uncovers Flemish masterpiece in Swansea storeroom

28 September 2016

Dealer and art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor is fronting a new series called ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC Four.

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High hopes for drunken night Dylan Thomas doodle at Welsh auction

09 September 2016

The market for Dylan Thomas memorabilia remains strong, says the auctioneer who is hoping for Welsh, English and American bidding on one of the poet's doodle that he is offering.

Isaac Oliver's portrait of Lord Herbert of Cherbury

Jacobean miniature acquired by National Trust for Powis Castle

17 August 2016

The National Trust has acquired an important Jacobean portrait miniature for £2.1m from a private seller in a sale brokered by Omnia Art.

Laws of Rugby

Unique printing of early rugby rules makes £13,000 at Cardiff auction

25 May 2016

An early printed copy of the laws of rugby appeared at Rogers Jones in Cardiff as part of a themed sale titled Sweat, Mud & Blood. Auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones said: ”In 25 years of our business, it is the most valuable book we have sold and probably the smallest.”

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