Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Vendors support Lyon & Turnbull’s move to sell online

27 March 2020

The Edinburgh and London auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to press ahead with its two April sales as ‘live online only’ events. The firm’s sales of Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 (April 1) and Contemporary & Post-War Art (April 16) will feature auctioneer Gavin Strang on the rostrum in Edinburgh but no one else in the room.

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Rembrandt self-portrait, yachting watch and a portrait by a British society artist – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

27 March 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an early self-portrait print by Rembrandt selling at 40 times its top estimate and a portrait of a young woman by British ‘society’ artist Ambrose McEvoy.

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Online bidders snap up rare James Barry prints at Forum Auctions

26 March 2020

Two versions of a rare mezzotint self-portrait by the Irish artist James Barry (1741-1806) excelled when offered for sale at Forum Auctions. Both plates, one an unrecorded proof impression, the other possibly inscribed by the artist, took multi-estimate sums from online bidders.

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Historic archive of Second World War floating harbour designer bought at auction by museum

24 March 2020

An historic archive belonging to the engineer who oversaw the design of the Mulberry Harbours in the Second World War has been bought by a museum after being offered at Mitchells’ auction last week.

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A market still ticking as pocket watches bring demand at Lawrences of Bletchingley

23 March 2020

A superb collection of 61 pocket watches drew strong demand at a Surrey auction last week as remote bidders, using the phone and online platforms, competed for some outstanding 17th, 18th and 19th century examples.

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Pick of the week: Rare The Who poster – once in a Blue Moon chance for collectors

23 March 2020

The Blue Moon, a club above Burton’s on Cheltenham High Street, existed for less than two years from July 1965 to May 1967, but in that time the compact 250-capacity venue with a tiny stage hosted Elton John, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, The Yardbirds and (on February 11, 1967) Jimi Hendrix.

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The biggest of bids for the biggest of Staite Murray pots

23 March 2020

The recent sale of Clarice Cliff, Art Deco & Design at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included 27 works by the studio potter William Staite Murray (1881-1962).

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Go With Noakes: Rozenburg collection sold in Dorset

23 March 2020

The collection of Rozenburg pottery and porcelain belonging to the late children’s television presenter John Noakes (1934-2017) was sold at a recent auction in Dorchester.

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A Queen Anne-style giltwood dressing mirror and a First World War propeller chair are among four lots to watch this week

23 March 2020

With estimates from £1000-10,000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week that you can view and bid for remotely.

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Previews: £2001 - £5000

23 March 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms. Please note, due to the rescheduling of events in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, we strongly advise any bidders to check in advance that the auction will take place as planned.

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Huge competition for Chinese export plates with Jacobite Highlands scenes

23 March 2020

Among the most recognisable of all the famille rose porcelain designs produced in China for export to Europe are the so-called ‘Scotsmen’ or ‘Highlander’ plates.

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Previews: £5001 - £30,000

23 March 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms. Please note, due to the rescheduling of events in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, we strongly advise any bidders to check in advance that the auction will take place as planned.

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Doulton Lambeth frogs and cricketers make for a lively sale

23 March 2020

A c.1880 Doulton Lambeth stoneware tobacco jar and cover was one of the pleasant surprises at a recent David Duggleby (18.75% buyer’s premium) sale in Scarborough.

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Gaming board pays £30,000

23 March 2020

A valuation day in Tunbridge Wells led to the consignment of a late-16th century south German rosewood and bone gaming board at Catherine Southon.

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Previews: Up to £800

23 March 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms. Please note, due to the rescheduling of events in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, we strongly advise any bidders to check in advance that the auction will take place as planned.

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Previews: £801 - £2000

23 March 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms. Please note, due to the rescheduling of events in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, we strongly advise any bidders to check in advance that the auction will take place as planned.

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Baroque ivory sleeper could be Schenck masterwork

23 March 2020

This stellar 17th century Baroque ivory plaque depicting the Pieta attended by angels and putti carries the name 'IC Storer' for the German artist Johann Christoph Storer (1621-71).

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18th century creamware mug, Victorian deluxe campaign wardrobe, early electrostatic generator – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

20 March 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an 18th century creamware mug that evokes the hysteria that greeted the Catholic Relief Act of 1778. It sold for over 12-times estimate.

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Unseen for a century, pocket watches bring £145,000 in Surrey sale

20 March 2020

A cache of pocket watches, unseen on the market for close to a century, sold for £145,000 in Surrey today.

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Rare and early The Who poster headlines Somerset auction

18 March 2020

A poster for a gig by The Who at The Blue Moon Club in Cheltenham attracted fans at a recent Gardiner Houlgate sale.