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‘Artist jeweller’ Donald very much back in vogue

23 November 2020

Two private collections of the work of John Donald (b.1928) enjoyed a clean sweep at auctions in recent weeks.

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Table lamp made of synthetic material lights up auction

23 November 2020

Ottoman bead carvers in Istanbul – makers of the garlands of beads known as tesbih and komboloi – were swift to appreciate the potential of Bakelite in c.1910.

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Picasso’s agony and ecstasy…and the calm of a back garden

23 November 2020

Offered with moderate estimates, two Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) etchings from the Vollard Suite drew demand at the recent timed online sale of Modern & Contemporary art at Halls (20% buyer’s premium).

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‘Hans Sloane’ Chelsea dish is a vine find

09 November 2020

This Chelsea dish moulded as a vine leaf and painted with polychrome fruit is a textbook production from the Red Anchor period c.1755-58.

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Old Angus meets miniatures at Hansons

09 November 2020

Whisky big and small was a winner at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) in Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Example of first Heuer skipper model sells at Fellows

02 November 2020

The Skipper Carrera Ref 7753/54, nicknamed the Skiperrera, was the first of the Heuer skipper models and a trophy lot in the collecting sphere.

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Two bears show sale bite

02 November 2020

The October 9-10 sale at Kingham & Orme (25% buyer’s premium) in Evesham included this rare pot lid inscribed Genuine Bears Grease.

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Watches: vintage era parts bring forward demand for timepieces

02 November 2020

Watch parts such as replacement dials, cases and hands from well-known models can add up to a lot of interest at auction, as recent results show.

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Albert Wainwright works highlight Stourbridge sale

26 October 2020

The Decades of Design sale at Fieldings (24% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Stourbridge on October 15-16 included 52 works from the family of Albert Wainwright (1898-1943). He was a Castleford artist who trained at the Leeds School of Art in 1914.

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Art Deco cocktail shaker in the mix alongside ‘exceptional’ Lalique

26 October 2020

This bakelite and electroplated cocktail shaker is from the Master Incolor series made for sale at the Wilson and Gill on Regent Street in the 1930s.

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Wally birds and Moorcroft retain star appeal

26 October 2020

Topping a 360-lot, £242,000 single-owner collection of Martinware and Moorcroft at Kingham & Orme (23% buyer’s premium) was a Robert Wallace Martin grotesque bird.

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Single-owner collection ‘represents something of a return to form’ for the Spode market

19 October 2020

The 'Indian Sporting' series is the most celebrated of all Spode blue and white transfer-prints. This multi-scene pattern (there are 17 different designs in total) is based on aquatints by Samuel Howitt from 'Oriental Field Sports, Wild Sports of the East' by Captain Thomas Williamson, published in 1807.

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Humbert Craig’s Irish outlook brings benefit to Locke & England

19 October 2020

Irish artist James Humbert Craig’s (1877-1944) passion for the outdoors and landscape painting took him frequently to Donegal, Connemara and the glens of Antrim.

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Flying boats and Florence

12 October 2020

Florence Nightingale was a name that figured prominently among the 130 lots of books and ephemera offered as part of a September 2 sale in Shrewsbury.

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Marquee marks good sales pitch for Herefordshire tent event

12 October 2020

'Antiques in Tents' is latest event to get thinking creatively to ensure they can go ahead

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Coronavirus: Art & Antiques for Everyone cancels winter fair

22 September 2020

This year’s final edition of Art & Antiques for Everyone (AAFE) fair has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns.

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New hires and expansion plans – Movers & Shakers across the auction house sector

15 September 2020

The latest moves at Halls, Cheffins, Freeman’s and Milestone Auctions.

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Soviet propaganda porcelain plate makes over 100-times estimate in Stratford-upon-Avon

14 September 2020

When, following the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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Toy specialist Aston’s to hold its last auction

14 September 2020

Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley is to close and its final sale – a sci-fi toy collection – will be held next month.

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A slice of country life in Ludlow with racecourse event

14 September 2020

Organising duo diversify to attract visitors to this month’s racecourse event

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