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Get the visual low-down on Ludlow

13 May 2019

This oil on canvas of A June Day, Ludlow by Beryl Maud Sinclair (1901-67) is among the works featured at Miles Wynn Cato’s final exhibition devoted to views of the Shropshire market town.

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Kangxi famille verte vase offered at Halls

06 May 2019

Halls’ Country House & Asian Art sale in Shrewsbury on May 15 will include a 21in (54cm) Kangxi famille verte vase decorated with a panorama of Asiatic birds, butterflies and dragonflies.

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Meiji period monkey figure offered at Fieldings

06 May 2019

This Meiji period (1868-1912) bronze of a comical seated monkey, holding an inro and netsuke that he inspects by lifting a pair of spectacles was a recent valuation day find for Fieldings of Stourbridge.

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Two specialist vintage fair events in the Midlands on the same day in May

06 May 2019

Two upcoming annual specialist fairs both running on Sunday, May 12.

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Clarion Events sells Art & Antiques for Everyone following two-year drive to secure fair’s future

30 April 2019

Clarion Events has sold Birmingham’s Art & Antiques for Everyone (AAFE) fair after more than a decade of ownership.

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Elkington electroplated device impresses at Shrewsbury sale

29 April 2019

An Elkington electroplated duck press outsold silver proper at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury on March 20.

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John Piper’s castle in triplicate at Great Malvern exhibition

29 April 2019

In 'The Countryside Through Art', mid-century specialist Fifties Art & Design offers three views of a nearby landmark by John Piper (1903-92).

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Three Grand Prix toys on the grid at Brightwells auction

19 April 2019

Detailed down to pneumatic tyres, knock-off hub caps and rack-and-pinion steering, the clockwork toy of Alfa Romeo’s P2, the world-beating racing car between 1924-30, was produced by CIJ (Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet) from 1924-35.

Two art and antiques events held for good causes

19 April 2019

A country house car boot to raise funds for a newly opened specialist equestrian centre in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, will run at the 800-acre Isle Estate at Bicton near Shrewsbury on Sunday May 12.

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Stourbridge record for Pulcini Venetian glass birds

15 April 2019

Based in one of the great centres of English glass, Fieldings (20% buyer’s premium) of Stourbridge has been building its reputation for glass sales over the past 15 years and today “nobody sells more glass than we do”, says specialist Will Farmer.

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Myles Birket Foster continental scenes bring demand at English auctions

15 April 2019

After abandoning his early career as a contributor to Punch and the Illustrated London News, Myles Birket Foster (1825-99) went on to establish his reputation as a painter of technically skilled and highly polished watercolours, depicting landscapes and rustic subjects from Scotland to the Mediterranean.

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Elgar masterpiece found in autograph book snapped up at Midlands auction

01 April 2019

A rediscovered melody by Sir Edward Elgar has been bought by a private buyer at auction in Lichfield after it was found in an autograph book.

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Marvel Comics collection including first appearance of the Fantastic Four makes five figures at auction

30 March 2019

A collection of Marvel comics kept in a bank vault after coming a whisker away from being stolen has sold for £15,200 in total at a Staffordshire saleroom.

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How artist George Baxter made an impression

25 March 2019

In 1835, artist George Baxter (1804-67) patented his method for affordable, mass produced colour printing. The combination intaglio and relief process became known as the ‘Baxter method,’ and the resulting images are a window into how Victorians viewed the major events of the mid-19th century.

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A superb selection of sentimental samplers

25 March 2019

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils at the Ackworth School, founded as a co-educational boarding school in 1779 by the Quaker physician John Fothergill and still thriving today.

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Glass and ceramics greats star in saleroom

25 March 2019

Iconic names in the worlds of glass and ceramics starred in Kingham & Orme’s (20% buyer’s premium) wide-ranging March 1 sale at Evesham.

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NEC’s aristocratic credentials underlined

25 March 2019

Recalling the Marchioness of Townsend and Lady Stanhope at the Antiques for Everyone fair.

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Bidders with lots of bottle tops

25 March 2019

Whatever it may be, someone, somewhere will be avidly collecting it.

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Lost Elgar masterpiece found in autograph book is heard for the first time in 100 years as it heads to auction

14 March 2019

A rediscovered melody by Sir Edward Elgar will be offered at auction in Lichfield after it was found in an autograph book.

Mein Kampf hits headlines and Indian works make an impact at auction

11 March 2019

The lot that gained all the publicity in a recent Shropshire sale, even national newspaper coverage, was a copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

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