Saturday - 01 August 2015

News

Medal recalls bravery of Kent lifeboatman

01 August 2015

A silver medal awarded to a lifeboatman who rescued sailors from a sinking ship in hurricane-force winds off the Kent coast in 1891 is to be sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries. ....

Rare August UK antiques fairs north and south

29 July 2015

As dealers’ and buyers’ thoughts turn more to Pinot Grigio by the pool than art and antiques in August, only a few fairs rattle around to provide solace for those eager to earn or spend some money. ....

Industry urged to give views on gun laws

27 July 2015

The antiques industry is being called on to take part in a consultation to reform the law governing the sale and ownership of antique firearms. ....

Petitioners protest at German rule change

24 July 2015

Opposition to controversial new laws governing cultural heritage in Germany is gathering pace. Auctioneers, dealers and collectors are backing a petition ‘preserving the right to privately collect’ and calling for German the government to rethink its proposals. ....

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Auction Previews

Godward’s dancer heads to online auction house

16 July 2015

The online auction house Fine Art Bourse (FAB) has announced a major consignment for its first sale in September. An Ionian Dancer by John William Godward (1861-1922) will be offered with $300,000-400,000 estimate. ....

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Auction Reports

Top cellar: restituted Welby salt brings £850,000

23 July 2015

It was included in one of the Ashmolean Museum’s greatest bequests but this magnificent salt cellar was subsequently discovered to be Nazi loot. Recently restituted, it soared to £850,000 at auction. ....

Provincial silver packs a £17,000 punch

22 July 2015

This rare Irish provincial silver punch strainer took £14,000 at Lawrences’ latest sale in Crewkerne. Dated to c.1740-60, it is struck twice for Joseph Johns, one of only a handful of silversmiths working in Limerick in the middle of the 18th century. ....

Bidding comes to rest at £23,000

16 July 2015

This superbly patinated Shona hardwood headrest sold for £23,000 at only the second auction at new Stowmarket saleroom Bishop & Miller. ....

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