Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

Edwardian mahogany campaign or travel desk

A Clarice Cliff jug and an Edwardian travel desk are among the five lots to watch at auction

01 March 2021

With estimates from £400-15,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Auction previews: issue 2482

01 March 2021

A selection of 11 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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It’s Tompion time in Birmingham

01 March 2021

Although Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) is often referred to as the Father of English Clockmaking, his talents were not just limited to clocks.

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Rare Royal Navy set shipshapes up to £4600 result

01 March 2021

The latest Interiors sale at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge included one of the rarest of all the Britains lead soldier sets.

Christie's King Street

Trade views ahead of auctions ‘are business meetings’

22 February 2021

Christie’s has explained its policy of holding trade-only viewings of its sales, saying they comprise ‘business meetings’ rather than public viewings.

The Wallace Collection in London

Wallace Collection archive stays open after closure u-turn

22 February 2021

Following an internal consultation – and a public outcry – the Wallace Collection has announced its library and archive will remain open to the public.

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A Cartier ‘tool’ watch from 1915 makes £12,000 at Fellows

22 February 2021

Although the elegant lines of the Cartier Tonneau Curvex wristwatch are the antithesis of today’s macho tool watch, many were used by soldiers in the First World War.

Porcelain propaganda plate

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Soviet propaganda plate

22 February 2021

With estimates from £400-2000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Antiquities from Cotswolds local history hero turn heads at auction

22 February 2021

A recent sale at Cotswold Auction Company (22% buyer’s premium) included a single-owner collection of antiquities from Lionel Walrond (1927-2020).

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Silver teapot with provenance to the Wedgwoods and Darwins sold at Cumbria auction

22 February 2021

This silver teapot has London hallmarks for 1792 and a maker’s mark for silversmith Michael Plummer who worked out of Gutter Lane, London, from 1791-95.

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Auction previews: issue 2481

22 February 2021

A selection of 17 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

Christie’s auction house

Christie’s closes Barcelona office and moves Spanish headquarters in Madrid

20 February 2021

Christie’s has closed its existing offices in Madrid and Barcelona and will now operate from a premises on Calle Serrano in Madrid, about 2km north of its previous address.

Exeter silver rowing trophy

Victorian silver goblet stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

19 February 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Victorian chased silver goblet with ‘beautiful workmanship’ showing the first Bath Regatta.

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Coins and medals ‘up 15-20%’ during £53m year for London’s salerooms

15 February 2021

Despite the near absence of face-to-face trading, 2020 was a record year for London’s coins and medals auction houses with combined total sales just shy of £53m.

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Pick of the week: Pondicherry carpet saved from the ashes of Ossian’s Hall

15 February 2021

In his book 'Oriental Rugs' (1998), textiles scholar Murray Eiland Jr lamented the challenges in dating and identifying carpets woven in south-east India.

Tompian pocket watch

A Tompion pocket watch and Jaws poster are among six lots to watch at auction

15 February 2021

With estimates from £100-6500 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Gainsborough chair is sitting pretty at Locke & England auction

15 February 2021

Although now known as Gainsborough chairs, generous walnut and upholstered armchairs were often referred to by contemporaries as ‘French’ chairs, as the most elaborate styles were based on French rococo.

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Coins & medals: Virtual trade leads to 'renaissance' in lockdown

15 February 2021

In the absence of face-to-face contact, 2020 was a difficult year for the numismatics market as a whole... but the auction business found a way to thrive.

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‘Signature’ Stobwasser snuff box at £11,000

15 February 2021

Georg Siegmund Stobwasser (1717-76) and his son Johann Heinrich (1740-1829) were among many craftsmen who moved to Brunswick during the Seven Years’ War.

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Holy order at £25,000

15 February 2021

Though incomplete and in a decorative 19th century binding, a very desirable early Bible impressed at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium).