Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

 John Axford of Woolley & Wallis

Woolley & Wallis open London office in Mayfair

30 August 2016

Salisbury auction house Woolley & Wallis are opening a Mayfair office.

Silver coconut cup

Carved in Russia and mounted in Scotland – coconut cup takes £8000 bid

26 August 2016

This George III coconut cup with silver strapwork mounts sold by Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh provides a glimpse of the close relationship that existed between Scotland and Russia in the late 18th century.

Hatton Garden jewellery quarter under threat from rent hikes

25 August 2016

The imminent arrival of Crossrail services in London are threatening the character of the Hatton Garden jewellery quarter.

Porcelain from Hugh Marsham Townshend collection

Sworders to offer ‘toys’ from Hugh Marsham Townshend collection

24 August 2016

When in the middle of the century Suffolk collector Hugh Marsham Townshend (1878-1967) was amassing a collection of gold-mounted porcelain scent bottles and other trinkets, most were thought to be the products of the Chelsea porcelain works or a shadowy enterprise known as the ‘Girl in a Swing’ factory.

Scrimshaw auction Rafael Osona

Scrimshaw market shows signs of a return to buoyancy at sale of Memishian collection in US

18 August 2016

Scrimshaw has been in the doldrums during the last few years with several dealers and auctioneers holding back on sales until there is more legislative clarity over the rules concerning its sale and importation.

Sally Stratton and Guy Savill of The Pedestal

Ex-Bonhams duo launch independent auction firm to champion furniture sales

18 August 2016

Two well-known former London auction specialists are launching a new enterprise selling English and European antique furniture.

1933 penny Heritage Auctions

1933 and all that: $165,000 for Britain’s numismatic superstar

16 August 2016

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions set a new record for any copper or bronze coin when a 1933 penny took $165,000 (£127,000). The buyer was a private collector.

Tunbridge ware spice box

Rich rewards for Kent’s cottage industry as Tunbridge ware draws the bidders

11 August 2016

Estimated at £1200-1800, a rare Tunbridge ware spice box sold for £10,600 at Bleasdales in Warwick.

Hans Coper studio pottery bowl

Early Hans Coper bowl bought for V&A after export ban

10 August 2016

The V&A have acquired an early form by the artist-potter Hans Coper (1920-81). Made in 1955 in the studio Coper shared with Lucie Rie in Paddington, London, the large bowl was the subject of a temporary export ban in 2015 in the hope a UK buyer could be found.

Duccio Madonna

Nicholas Hall leaves Christie's after 12 years and returns to dealing

04 August 2016

After 12 years with Christie’s, Nicholas Hall, international head of Old Master and 19th century paintings, is leaving to return to private dealing.

China Guardian founder takes largest shareholding in Sothebys

04 August 2016

The largest shareholder in Beijing’s China Guardian Auctions has also become the largest single shareholder in Sotheby’s. Cheng Dongshen, chairman and chief executive of Taikang Life Insurance, purchased $230m or 8m Sotheby’s shares across June and July and now has a 13.5% stake.

Thousands of ‘frozen’ manuscripts from bankrupt Aristophil fund to return to market

28 July 2016

Historical documents and manuscripts from the scandal-hit Aristophil investment scheme could soon return to the market as the slow process of restitution promises to quicken in the coming weeks.

Boba Fett Star Wars figure auction record

‘Le Boba’ sets auction record for Star Wars figure, selling for £21,000 at Vectis

25 July 2016

A new record for a Star Wars production figure was established at Vectis' latest sale when a French issue of Boba Fett, the memorable bit-part character in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, sold for £21,000.

Meiji period netsuke of a rat

The rat awakens – Netsuke estimated at £200-300 sparks bidding war and sells at £28,500

22 July 2016

This tiny ivory netsuke of a rat was the major suprise of a recent auction in the Cotswolds.

Specialists leave Christie’s as regular poster auctions end at South Kensington saleroom

21 July 2016

Christie’s South Kensington have ceased regular sales of vintage posters. The leading player in the popular collecting field say that they will now offer posters for sale in online auctions when the opportunity to sell an exceptional collection arises.

John Arnold watch at Sotheby’s

Perfect timing – John Arnold pocket watch fetches £460,000 record

21 July 2016

Sotheby’s established an auction record for a watch by John Arnold (1736-99) when a large silver pocket chronometer of 1781 sold at £460,000.

BADA auctions website

BADA to conduct ‘full review’ after debut online auction hit by technical issues

18 July 2016

The British Antique Dealers’ Association have promised a full review in the wake of its first live online auction for its members.

Doucai winepot at Nagel in Stuttgart

Sales move out of Germany as controversial culture bill becomes law

18 July 2016

German auctioneers are preparing to move sales abroad following the passing of a controversial new cultural heritage law.

Rocket Firing Boba Fett

Star Wars rarity – Boba Fett with firing rocket offered at Vectis’ auction

14 July 2016

The Rocket Firing Boba Fett has assumed legendary status among Star Wars collectors. Modelled in grey-blue plastic in advance of mass production by the Kenner factory in Ohio, it would forever remain a prototype figure.

Jewellery firms withdraw from Biennale after changes to direction and layout of Paris fair

11 July 2016

The 28th edition of the Paris ‘Biennale des Antiquaires’ will include a radical shake-up of its jewellery content.