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Kendall carved out a reputation for quality

02 May 2022

This large oak Orientalist carving, 'Eastern Slave Girl', is by the Victorian woodcarver Thomas Henry Kendall.

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Works by Bratby and Lowndes emerge at Halls

25 April 2022

One of the highlights at the timed online of Modern and Contemporary Art Auction at Halls of Shrewsbury, which closes on May 2, is a large painting of sunflowers by John Bratby (1928-92).

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A break from frozen sheep

18 April 2022

Scottish artist Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) is best known for his snowy landscapes with sheep that earned him the nickname ‘Frozen Mutton Farquharson’.

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Kendall’s skill was a revelation

18 April 2022

The master wood carver and furniture maker copied out missing Bible pages when aged just 13.

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Constance Spry vase blossoms at £8500

07 March 2022

Floral decorator tasked her assistant to develop a range which was fired by Fulham Pottery.

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Letters saved by mum march on in manuscript

21 February 2022

The distinguished military career of Major General Sir George Ridout Bingham (1777-1833) included service in the Peninsular War during the years 1809-14.

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Woodcarver Kendall chipper once again

14 February 2022

A collection of works by the Victorian woodcarver Thomas Henry Kendall has been consigned for sale next month.

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Golf medal converted to a brooch more than triples estimate at Mullock’s

14 February 2022

This 18ct gold and enamel medal was awarded to Reginald Arthur Whitcombe (1898-1957) for winning the 1936 Open Golf Championship of Ireland.

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Tiny teawares for a ‘little miss’

31 January 2022

Halls (23% buyer’s premium) offered the Enid and Bruce Moulder collection of toy teawares via a timed online auction that closed on November 23.

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Dealer labels mark a sign of approval

24 January 2022

Francis Towne watercolour was one of his many works to have gone through Agnews

Portrait of John James Hardy

Will buyers look to reel in Hardy of Alnwick memento?

24 January 2022

Angling and fishing fans will be familiar with the firm Hardy of Alnwick. In 1872 William Hardy set up shop as a gunsmith.

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Tokens provide a rich seam of lots

24 January 2022

Handed in by miners at the start of a shift in exchange for a Davy lamp, colliery tokens, tallies or checks provided vital information in the event of fire or explosion.

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My goodness: the £27,000 Roman marble bust

17 January 2022

The eclectic collection of Alison Barker (1951-2021) of London and Chichester was sold by Trevanion in Whitchurch, Shropshire on January 12.

Rare Stubbs signature surfaces at auction

22 November 2021

Bid to to £400 in an October 6 sale held by Halls (20/12% buyers premium) of Shrewsbury was a simple, partly printed receipt in the sum of three guineas with autograph additions and signature that date it to April 24, 1806.

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Early English pottery tankards bring strong interest two regional sales

15 November 2021

Pictured here are two early English pottery tankards – both of them documentary pieces.

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Tunnicliffe taken out of a wardrobe

27 October 2021

Excellent selection of the artist’s wildlife works had been wrapped up and kept pristine.

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Vendor who bought pictures direct from Tunnicliffe family

27 October 2021

Among the Charles Tunnicliffe works drawing the most attention at Halls’ sale on September 15 (see main story) were pictures bought by the vendor directly from the artist’s family, with whom they were acquainted.

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Dapper dummy made in Austria, brought to UK, now heads to US

18 October 2021

This ventriloquist’s dapper dummy was one of the surprise star turns at Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Shrewsbury auction.

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Tolkien signature discovery boosts Hobbit value

18 October 2021

It was when the book was in the process of being catalogued by Bretells (19% buyer’s premium) of Newport, Shropshire, that a second impression copy of Tolkien’s The Hobbit was seen to bear the author’s signature.

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The web shop window: Robert Gemmell Hutchison beach scene

30 August 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.