Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell
Taxi driver’s £40 car boot find turns out to be £75,000 Indian miniature22 April 2016
A large Indian gouache on paper miniature was the unexpected highlight of a specialist Islamic & Indian Arts sale at Roseberys in London last week.
Three medal experts defect from Spink to DNW13 April 2016
Three leading specialists in orders, decorations and medals are leaving Spink to join rival London firm Dix Noonan Webb.
Medieval mourning figures return to Paris for Christie's sale06 April 2016
Christie’s Paris are to sell two figures of mourners as part of their European Sculpture and Works of Art sale on June 15.
Charles George collection vase to go to auction06 April 2016
Made under the watchful eye of the third Qing emperor, a porcelain vase valued at just £12-15 in the 1950s is expected to bring over £20,000 when it is sold at auction on April 27-28.
Cols Rouges deserve jail, says prosecutor04 April 2016
The prosecution in the trial of the Cols Rouges – the erstwhile portering staff at Hôtel Drouot, the communal saleroom facility used by most Paris auctioneers – have called for prison sentences of up to five years and fines of €250,000 for those found guilty of theft and criminal conspiracy.
Bath museum buys Wood the Elder’s instruments at Clevedon auction31 March 2016
John Wood the Elder’s (1704-54) set of drawing instruments were offered at Clevedon Auction Rooms earlier this month and were bought by the Bath Preservation Trust for £21,000.
French banks close UK trade accounts as part of clampdown on money laundering09 March 2016
Tighter regulations surrounding fraud and money laundering are prompting French banks to close the euro accounts of some UK dealers and shippers.
‘Joan of Arc’ ring sells for £240,000 after English v French bidding battle07 March 2016
A medieval ring long associated with Joan of Arc sold for £240,000 – almost 30 times its estimate – at Timeline Auctions in Bloomsbury on February 25.
Raid on Wimbledon taxidermy dealer07 March 2016
Specialist taxidermy dealer Alexis Turner has lost a significant portion of his stock following an extraordinary raid on a London warehouse.
US establishes ivory repository07 March 2016
The US Fish and Wildlife Service have announced a new programme to “help reduce the overall ivory market”.
Stanley Gibbons auditors quit over risk03 March 2016
The auditors for Stanley Gibbons, the venerable collectables dealership and parent company of Dreweatts Bloomsbury, Mallett and AH Baldwin, have resigned because they believe the firm is exposed to excessive risk.
Clarice Cliff’s rare Lucerne pattern vase emerges in Cheshire saleroom02 March 2016
The so-called Lucerne pattern, decorated in primary colours with a stylised Mediterranean chateau in a landscape, ranks among the scarcest and most desirable of all designs from Clarice Cliff’s ‘Appliqué’ range.
Cooper’s cased trout brings demand in Cirencester02 March 2016
Cased fish, once the only acceptable face of the taxidermy market, have cooled since the 1990s when prices in excess of £3000 were commonplace.
Images from New Zealand’s first female photographer appear at Shropshire auction02 March 2016
Originally from Lymm in Cheshire, Elizabeth Pulman (née Chadd) (1836-1900) is regarded as the first professional female photographer in New Zealand.
UK dealers told to destroy ivory antiques in US25 February 2016
Four London dealers were made to deface valuable antiques after they imported objects into the US without declaring their ivory content.
Export paddle boat steams in at Duke’s23 February 2016
This rare early 19th century Chinese gilt decorated export lacquer model of a paddle steamer sold for £7000 at Duke’s of Dorchester.
An expensive kittens’ wedding at $100,00018 February 2016
Two of the best-known anthropomorphic creations of the celebrated Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter (1835-1918) resurfaced at Treadway Toomey in Oak Park, near Chicago, Illinois, on February 6.
Function and fashion mean few positives for furniture index11 February 2016
Prices for standard English antique furniture fell for the eighth successive year, according to latest figures from the Antique Collectors’ Club’s (ACC) Annual Furniture Index (AFI).
TEFAF takes bite of the Big Apple09 February 2016
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), umbrella organiser of the world’s foremost art and antiques fair in Maastricht, are launching two boutique events in the Park Avenue Armory, New York.
Maiolica charger takes £210,000 at Sotheby’s28 January 2016
Sotheby’s recent sale of royal and aristocratic heirlooms, titled Of Royal and Noble Descent, included this maiolica istoriato charger.