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Celtic fringe benefits: Welsh Sale success

19 November 2018

It has been a bullish year for Welsh art and antiques, according to auction house Rogers Jones (24% buyer’s premium), which broke the £1m barrier for the first time this year across three dedicated sales.

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Ewenny work takes £5500

05 November 2018

A pottery has stood in the Welsh village of Ewenny for five centuries but the collecting market tends to focus on those pieces produced under the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement in the late 19th century.

Paperweight

Pick of the week: Heavyweight paperweight price at auction in Wales

17 September 2018

It was of early manufacture, looked beautiful and the condition was very good – but auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones admits to still being mystified as to why a paperweight sold for such a hefty price at his Cardiff saleroom.

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Buyer tracks down Turner quarry

09 April 2018

A gloriously Welsh view of a jagged, grey slate quarry by JMW Turner (1775-1851) took top honours at Cardiff saleroom Rogers Jones (20% buyer’s premium).

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Clear demand for black and white classic John Ward

02 April 2018

Selling just short of the auction record, this 10in (26cm) tall stoneware pot, below, by John Ward (b.1938) went to an online bidder on thesaleroom.com at £17,500 at Rogers Jones (20% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff.

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Doctor Who script for very first episode owned by William Hartnell comes up at auction

27 February 2018

The original Doctor Who script for the first-ever Doctor Who episode is something always likely to attract high demand at auction. Chuck in the fact that it was used and owned by the very first Doctor Who actor, William Hartnell, and it just gets better and better.

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Green Knight prints gallop into Cardiff exhibition

02 January 2018

Welsh artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ recent series of screen-prints are a fitting subject for a January exhibition.

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Portraits of great and good send Carey Morris to record level

25 September 2017

Paintings by one of Wales’ more obscure artistic talents sparked fervent bidding at Rogers Jones’ (20% buyer’s premium) Welsh Sale in Cardiff.

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Peaks and valleys for Welsh pots

25 September 2017

Auctioneer hails return to form for Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain at Cardiff themed sale...

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Colourful 1940s film posters found used as carpet underlay come up at auction in Cardiff

21 August 2017

Inspector Hornleigh Goes To It, Day Time Wife, and perhaps even He Stayed for Breakfast may sound like certain late-night films common when Channel 5 first launched, but they are innocent titles from the 1940s cinema era.

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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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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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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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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.

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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English delftware remembering a difficult year for George II – and the Queen’s teeth

20 June 2014

The year 1737 was something of an annus horribilis for George II.

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Cardiff sale lifts Sir Kyffin into the premier league of prices

30 August 2013

A number of oil paintings by Sir Kyffin Williams (1918-2006) gave a major fillip to Rogers Jones’ first sale in their new Cardiff saleroom. The results included the highest price ever seen for one of his works sold at auction.

Centre thieves strike as silver price soars

16 May 2011

THE day after bullion prices peaked, thieves broke into an antiques centre in Cardiff and escaped with a haul of antique silver valued at thousands of pounds.

The Welsh sporting pages

13 May 2004

NEARLY 1300 lots were offered by Anthemion Auctions of Cardiff in an April 21 sale of sports memorabilia and among the soccer programmes, there was a bit of a shock when a 1945 programme for a Newport County v Chelsea match, valued at £30-40, was bid to £2600!

Problem tackled

13 February 2003

AS a one-off, the spring version of the twice-yearly Cardiff Antiques and Collectors’ Fair decamps to the nearby country town of Cowbridge. Carmarthen-based Robert and Carol Pugh, who operate as Towy Fairs, have been forced out of their regular venue, the Cardiff Bowling Club, by a rather rougher fixture than bowling, the Rugby League Cup Final which will be held at the Millennium Stadium on the same weekend – April 26 and 27.