Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

Indian miniature from Roseberys sale

Taxi driver’s £40 car boot find turns out to be £75,000 Indian miniature

22 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.

 John Hayward, Mark Quayle and Oliver Pepys

Three medal experts defect from Spink to DNW

13 April 2016

Three leading specialists in orders, decorations and medals are leaving Spink to join rival London firm Dix Noonan Webb.

Jean de Cambrai marble mourners

Medieval mourning figures return to Paris for Christie's sale

06 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.

Qing porcelain vase

Charles George collection vase to go to auction

06 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 prosecutor

04 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.

John Wood the Elder drawing instruments

Bath museum buys Wood the Elder’s instruments at Clevedon auction

31 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 laundering

09 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's medieval ring

‘Joan of Arc’ ring sells for £240,000 after English v French bidding battle

07 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.

Scarlet ibis stolen in taxidermy raid

Raid on Wimbledon taxidermy dealer

07 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 repository

07 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 risk

03 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 vase in Blue Lucerne pattern

Clarice Cliff’s rare Lucerne pattern vase emerges in Cheshire saleroom

02 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.

Cased fish  J Cooper and Sons

Cooper’s cased trout brings demand in Cirencester

02 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.

Pulman Photographic Studio prints

Images from New Zealand’s first female photographer appear at Shropshire auction

02 March 2016

Originally from Lymm in Cheshire, Elizabeth Pulman (née Chadd) (1836-1900) is regarded as the first professional female photographer in New Zealand.

Silver figure of a beefeater by Berthold Muller

UK dealers told to destroy ivory antiques in US

25 February 2016

Four London dealers were made to deface valuable antiques after they imported objects into the US without declaring their ivory content.

Chinese model paddle steamer

Export paddle boat steams in at Duke’s

23 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.

Walter Potter taxidermy The Kittens Wedding

An expensive kittens’ wedding at $100,000

18 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.

Annual Furniture Index Prices

Function and fashion mean few positives for furniture index

11 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).

Park Avenue Armory

TEFAF takes bite of the Big Apple

09 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 sothebys

Maiolica charger takes £210,000 at Sotheby’s

28 January 2016

Sotheby’s recent sale of royal and aristocratic heirlooms, titled Of Royal and Noble Descent, included this maiolica istoriato charger.