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Plaque professing thanks to God for deliverance from plague up for auction

09 July 2019

The plague that devastated London in 1665 is well known but an intriguing wooden panel coming up at auction on July 17 shows the disease proved fatal to many thousands in other areas during that era.

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Pick of the week: Print shows bidding for books way back in c.1700

08 July 2019

A rare copy of the earliest-known depiction of a book auction emerged for sale in Gloucestershire at the end of last month.

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Figure stars on Birmingham stage at Art & Antiques for Everyone

08 July 2019

Depiction of actor is one of the more traditional offerings at fair set to broaden its horizons.

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Postcards showcase at Birmingham event

08 July 2019

The Postcard Traders Association stages a special loan show of classic and collectable postcards during Art & Antiques For Everyone (July 18-21 at the NEC, Birmingham).

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Dealer serves up a loan to tea exhibition

08 July 2019

A Henry Clay polychrome tea caddy, c.1785, in the manner of Robert Adam is among the pieces lent by dealer Mark Goodger of Hampton Antiques to be featured in Compton Verney Art Gallery’s exhibition A Tea Journey: From the mountains to the table.

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Howzat? Cricket book at £6400

08 July 2019

Disbound, but complete and still in the original covers, an 1830 first of William North’s Correct Account of all the Cricket Matches Played by the Nottingham Old Cricket Club from 1771 to 1829 came into bat in a recent Staffordshire sale with an estimate of just £50-100, but went on to score £6400 online via thesaleroom.com.

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Big bids from collectors for Moorcroft little and large

01 July 2019

The recent sale of a single-owner collection of Moorcroft pottery by Kingham & Orme in Evesham demonstrated two distinct faces of the Staffordshire factory.

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Moorcroft in miniature – a microcosm of the art pottery world

01 July 2019

No good library of British art pottery literature is complete without a copy of Paul Atterbury’s 'Moorcroft'. The jacket illustration alone with its myriad tube-lined miniatures in a bewildering range of forms and patterns is particularly memorable. More than one collector has attempted to emulate the beguiling display.

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Remarkable Moorcroft pottery collection comes to auction in Evesham

13 June 2019

Worcestershire auctioneer Kingham & Orme is to disperse a remarkable collection of Moorcroft pottery later this week. The June 15 sale in Evesham includes 364 lots of the popular tube-lined ceramics (a few of them group lots) amassed over a 35-year period by a UK collector.

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Two Cs ready for three busy fairs in summer 2019

10 June 2019

Organisers report that all of their events are fully booked as far ahead as October this year

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Eardley Norton clocks chime with bidders

10 June 2019

Eardley Norton, who is listed at 49 St John’s Street, Clerkenwell between 1762- 94, enjoyed a reputation as a skilled mechanic and the maker of complex timepieces, sometimes with musical and astronomical movements.

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B2B pitch it just right in Malvern

10 June 2019

B2B Events’ Malvern Antiques and Collectors’ Fair at the Three Counties Showground runs tri-annually, with the next on Sunday, June 23 – different timing to the organisers’ Malvern flea markets held nine times a year at the showground.

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Rare fireman’s helmet bought at auction by Midlands museum

07 June 2019

The Black Country Living Museum has bought a rare piece of local history - a fireman’s helmet from a fire service run by the local butcher.

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Matisse makes top Shropshire sum

03 June 2019

Characteristic etching is best-seller in appealing single-owner mix of works on paper.

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Tiny stamp and banknote designs adopted far and wide

27 May 2019

After more than 50 years as a designer for international stamps and banknotes printer Waterlow & Sons, Leonard Douglas Fryer (1891-1965) retired to enjoyable obscurity at his home in Ilford.

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Charlotte Rhead looks to be right attribution

20 May 2019

Catalogued as ‘Art Nouveau… manner of Charlotte Rhead’, this pair of tube-lined tiles went at 10 times the estimate at Trevanion & Dean’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Whitchurch.

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Scarce ‘Gentleman’s Recreation’ guide from 1704 is one of several curiosities sold at Hansons

20 May 2019

Discoloured, stained and in a crudely restored old binding, a scarce hunting work of 1704 was sold for a much higher than expected £1400 at a recent Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Tobacco taken with a conscience

20 May 2019

Almost wholly reliant on slavery, the tobacco industry was the subtle target of British Abolitionists 50 years before Britain outlawed slavery and nearly a century before the American Civil War.

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Prince Charles painting, Churchill funeral memento and HP Sauce –Harold and Mary Wilson auction takes £226,000

14 May 2019

Harold Wilson (1916-95) was Britain’s prime minister twice and won four out of five general elections, more than any other post-war British leader of any party.

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Five highlights estimated under £1000 at Halls’ Asian sale this week – including an Indian rarity donated to a charity shop

13 May 2019

Halls' sale on May 15 in Shrewsbury, combining Asian objects with a country house sale, has ceramics, textiles and paintings at a range of prices to tempt new collectors. ATG picked five items for closer inspection.

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