Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Bonhams expects as best of Nelson-themed ceramics come to auction

12 April 2024

A single-owner collection of Nelson-themed ceramics and glass will be offered at Bonhams later this month.

ATG Petition Crown Cope Collection

Geoffrey Cope collection of British and Roman coins to be sold in Zurich

10 April 2024

An outstanding collection of British and Roman coins comes to auction in Zurich this year.

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Louis Vuitton luggage collection – including a trunk made for a large rubber duck - comes to auction

09 April 2024

An extraordinary single-owner collection of 37 pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage – including a bespoke trunk made for a large rubber duck - comes to auction this month.

Geo Ham Monaco GP Poster 1934

Geo Ham's Monaco Grand Prix designs lead Travel & Vintage posters auction

09 April 2024

Original printings of two of the most reproduced of all automotive posters come for sale at Lyon & Turnbull this month.

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Pick of the week: Tables spark a bidding battle

08 April 2024

A pair of 18th century giltwood side tables from a Scottish country house sparked an international bidding battle at Lyon & Turnbull.

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A Francis Picabia artwork is among five lots to watch

08 April 2024

With estimates from £500, here are five previews of lots coming up at auction this week.

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Boxwood comb would be a heartfelt gift to a loved one

08 April 2024

The familiar heart symbol - that today is ‘read’ as love - made its first appearance as a rebus in the late Medieval era.

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Xuande period suspected, £43,000 hammer resulted

08 April 2024

This 8in (19cm) high vase may belong to a select group of Ming cloisonné enamel vases dating to the Xuande period (1426-35).

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Cole clock now with Oz dealer

08 April 2024

This parcel gilt silver cased cheval clock by Thomas Cole (1800-64) is hallmarked for London 1850 and the maker John Samuel Hunt of Hunt & Roskell.

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Louis Vuitton miniature trunk flies over estimate in Maine

08 April 2024

Correct in detail, material and quality of construction, down to brass hardware, stencilled cloth and monogrammed leather trim’, a miniature Louis Vuitton trunk sold for $7500 (£5900) at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).

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Frodsham given to a lifesaver

08 April 2024

This 18ct gold pocket watch by Charles Frodsham with accompanying chain (offered separately) was presented by Sir Victor Horsley (1857-1916) to the man he credited for saving his son’s life.

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Rolex told time for intrepid explorer

08 April 2024

A Rolex used by Spanish sailor and scientist Vital Alsar Ramirez (1933-2020) during his Amazon and Atlantic expeditions in 1977 sold for £10,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium).

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Two for one deal on ‘Singer Sargent’

08 April 2024

Two watercolours in the manner of John Singer Sargent sailed above hopes when offered by Amelia Jeffers (20% buyer’s premium) in Delaware, Ohio on March 7.

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Previews: issue 2638

08 April 2024

Our selection of lots from 10 upcoming auctions

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Intelligence officer's Korean screen goes over 100 times above estimate in New Orleans

08 April 2024

This Korean 10-panel folding screen made in the late 19th century in the final years of the Joseon period (1392- 1910) was offered on the second day of the recent Unreserved Sale at the Neal Auction Company (25/15% buyer’s premium).

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Chair made for the Vanderbilts brings bidding battle at Bonhams Skinner

08 April 2024

This Herter Bros inlaid rosewood and upholstered slipper chair was part of a suite made for the Vanderbilt family c.1881-82.

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Nicholson relief was produced as a Tate replica

08 April 2024

Ben Nicholson’s series of monochromatic three-dimensional relief paintings - created by the thick layers of white paint and carving wood - were first produced in the mid-to-late 1930s.

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Extraordinary mourning gown shows its Worth

08 April 2024

A sale titled Vintage for Valentines at Augusta Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Bellows Falls, Vermont, was topped by an extraordinary printed chiffon outfit by the Parisian fashion house Worth.

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Clocks & watches: Fret design points to hand of famed maker

08 April 2024

Castings on Charles I era lantern clock suggests the work of William Bowyer

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Lovely bubbly: Snappy is a happy dragon

08 April 2024

Snappy the Happy Bubble Blowing Dragon is a scarce battery-operated toy made by Marx in Japan in the 1960s.