Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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16th century travelling clock finds its way to auction

22 July 2024

This rare 16th century German travelling clock in the form of a book sold for £27,500 at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

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Pick of the Week: Recipe book cooks up saleroom storm

22 July 2024

Ralph ‘Randolphus’ Ayres is recorded as being head cook at New College, Oxford at various times in the 18th century.

Knights' jug

Remarkable British medieval jug flies to eight times estimate

22 July 2024

An outstanding example of British medieval pottery sold as part of the Stanley F Goldfein collection of ceramics drew fervent bidding at a recent US auction.

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Second World War prisoner of war Rolex watch features among five lots to watch

22 July 2024

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week

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Key Mormon work was taken in the spirit intended

22 July 2024

First edition of key Mormon work lists Joseph Smith as ‘author and proprietor’ of text not ‘translator’

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Olympic Games posters that feature innovative design

22 July 2024

The 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics were the first Games to be staged in Latin America.

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Posters created as political expression in Communist-run Poland

22 July 2024

Roman Cieślewicz (1930-96) and Jan Lenica (1928-2001) were both founders of the Polish School of Posters, the influential and creative artistic movement that sprang up under strict Soviet rule.

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Previews: issue 2653

22 July 2024

Our selection of lots from nine upcoming auctions

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Sought-after signatures include Queen star and a Saudi king

22 July 2024

A landlord and tenancy agreement signed by Freddie Mercury in 1986 was among the highlights of the Autographs and Memorabilia at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium).

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Hey Diddle Diddle, it’s a rare Segal Toys set

22 July 2024

The range of nursery rhyme and sporting figures made by Phillip Segal Toys are among the most desirable of all hollowcast lead ‘civilians’.

Chinese incense box

Tiny Chinese porcelain incense box sells at over 400 times estimate

19 July 2024

The latest biannual offering of Chinese, Japanese, and Indian works of art at Tremont Auctions (22% buyer’s premium) was dominated by the multi-estimate performance of a single lot.

Pilkington's Royal Lancastrian galleon tile

‘A lifelong labour of love’: Hensman tile collection sells at marathon sale in Stourbridge

17 July 2024

Most tile collectors tend to specialise in a particular area – a favourite factory, a period, a designer or a chosen subject matter. Roger Hensman was passionate about the subject in all its forms.

Antique brush washer

Chinese brush washer makes 200 times estimate in Norfolk

16 July 2024

A Chinese monochrome brush washer in one of the most prized glazes of the Song dynasty sold for an unexpected £120,000 at auction in Norfolk.

Phillip Segal toys

Hey Diddle Diddle – the toy bid over the moon

16 July 2024

The range of nursery rhyme and sporting figures made by Phillip Segal Toys are among the most desirable of all hollowcast lead ‘civilians’.

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Georgian mahogany furniture features among four lots to watch this week

15 July 2024

With estimates from £5000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week

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Spoon by the famous Haslewood silversmithing family comes to sale as a rare Norwich survivor

15 July 2024

A rare example of Norfolk Charles I silver – a seal-top spoon made by the patriarch of the famous Haslewood silversmithing dynasty – sold for £3600 at a recent sale of Silver and Objects of Vertu at Chiswick Auctions (26% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Illustration done on a grand scale: fantastic fish watercolours from naturalist Sarah Bowdich Lee

15 July 2024

Naturalist produced a fish-focused work featuring nearly 3000 original watercolours across 50 copies

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Mineral water bottle pops up to break record

15 July 2024

A new record for any English bottle was set at specialist saleroom BBR Auctions in Elsecar, South Yorkshire.

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Intriguing timeline of a rediscovered Tompion clock

15 July 2024

Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale in London on July 3 included a table clock by Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) that came for sale via an unorthodox route.

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British silver pieces from renowned Texas collection on offer

15 July 2024

New Orleans dealership MS Rau has acquired 222 pieces of English silver from the collection of Texan businessman Billy Joe ‘Red’ McCombs (1927-2023).