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Caddy makes a return to the Netherlands

02 April 2018

Harking back to when the Netherlands was a powerful player in the tea trade, a rare, early 18th century silver caddy attracted international interest at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury.

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Petit service is big-seller

26 March 2018

Porcelain by Jacob Petit (1797-1868) is a scarce sight at provincial rooms.

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Sweet okimono success in Shropshire

12 March 2018

Widely exported during the Meiji period to a Western market newly awake to the skills of Japanese craftsmen, okimono now often appear at provincial salerooms.

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Buyers hooked by classic salmon lures

26 February 2018

Skilfully designed to catch salmon, fishing flies and lures hooked enthusiasts at Shropshire sporting specialist Mullock’s (20% buyer’s premium) fishing sale which included the work of two great names in the angling lexicon.

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Coffee cup not a has-bean at sale

26 February 2018

Made in Switzerland for the Turkish market, in the late 19th century this zarf (coffee cup), below, had endured some rough treatment over the years before appearing at the Shropshire rooms of Trevanion & Dean (19% buyer’s premium).

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Mahatma Gandhi and Beatrix Potter correspondence at UK sales

19 February 2018

Children’s author Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) and Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) don’t seem to have much in common. At separate auctions held later this month, however, both will have correspondence appearing on the market for the first time.

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Halls’ shake-up revives stand-alone Asian sale

15 January 2018

New year brings a new sales calendar at Halls of Shrewsbury, not least launching a dedicated Asian art auction.

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Best Trevanion & Dean sale is a suite success

04 December 2017

Founded three years ago, the Whitchurch, Shropshire, firm of Trevanion & Dean (19% buyer’s premium) enjoyed its best sale so far when the 950 lots, ranging from Renaissance art to contemporary glass, totalled £250,000 on November 18.

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Manchester United match programme from game watched by 8456 on a freezing February midweek afternoon

17 November 2017

Love or hate Manchester United, it’s fair to say they do enjoy a bit of success. Although the past few seasons have been a relatively lean time, they can still boast 20 league titles, 17 FA and League Cups, three European Cups/Champions Leagues plus a Cup-Winners Cup and Europa League thrown in.

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Cecil Kennedy shows petal power

13 November 2017

This archetypal still-life by Cecil Kennedy (1905-97) topped Halls’ (20% buyer’s premium) £300,000 auction on October 18.

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Soprano is high-note act in Shropshire as hall hosts autumn fair

06 November 2017

Singer-songwriter Rebecca Newman will be scaling up Emma and Oli Jones’ antiques, art and vintage fair this autumn.

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Golf and cricket score at auction

30 October 2017

Golf tournament programmes in Mullock’s (19% buyer’s premium) sale of golf and other sporting memorabilia of October 18-19 included the one shown here, issued for the 1933 Ryder Cup, played on the Southport and Ainsdale courses in 1937.

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Shop talk – Bridgnorth Antique Centre

02 October 2017

In our continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Nigel Bate who opened Bridgnorth Antique Centre earlier this year.

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Halls to offer miniatures from Richard Allen collection

25 September 2017

Richard Allen is a name few in the portrait miniatures market would fail to know.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1908 FA Cup winner medal shoots into Shropshire auction

14 August 2017

One thing you can rely on every summer is the outraged stories in the press about the sums being spent by Premier League football clubs on the great, the good and the Jozy Altidores.

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Damaged ‘Yongzheng’ vase sells for £150,000 at Halls' auction

24 July 2017

A large Qing blue and white bottle vase with a Yongzheng (1723-35) mark sold for £150,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Halls in Shrewsbury.

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Phone bidders fuel cigarette box bidding

24 July 2017

This shagreen, silver and enamel cigarette box and cover, made for Liberty and Co and attributed to Manx designer Archibald Knox (1854-1933), doubled its estimate to sell for £10,500 at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) in Shrewsbury on June 21.

Stolen watches

Police call on antiques trade to help find stolen jewellery from Shropshire antique centre

28 June 2017

Police are appealing to the trade to help locate jewellery stolen in Shropshire.

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Castle looms over local Ludlow show

05 June 2017

A view of Ludlow Castle is one of the works included in Miles Wynn Cato’s ongoing exhibition.

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Unusual Royal Flying Corps relics take off at auction

24 May 2017

If Royal Flying Corps medals are out of your price range, or you want to collect something a bit different, two recent lots show that honours are not the only option for auction purchases.