Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell
A Clarice Cliff jug and an Edwardian travel desk are among the five lots to watch at auction01 March 2021
With estimates from £400-15,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.
Auction previews: issue 248201 March 2021
A selection of 11 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.
It’s Tompion time in Birmingham01 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.
Rare Royal Navy set shipshapes up to £4600 result01 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.
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.
Wallace Collection archive stays open after closure u-turn22 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.
A Cartier ‘tool’ watch from 1915 makes £12,000 at Fellows22 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.
Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Soviet propaganda plate22 February 2021
With estimates from £400-2000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.
Antiquities from Cotswolds local history hero turn heads at auction22 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).
Silver teapot with provenance to the Wedgwoods and Darwins sold at Cumbria auction22 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.
Auction previews: issue 248122 February 2021
A selection of 17 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.
Christie’s closes Barcelona office and moves Spanish headquarters in Madrid20 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.
Victorian silver goblet stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights19 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.
Coins and medals ‘up 15-20%’ during £53m year for London’s salerooms15 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.
Pick of the week: Pondicherry carpet saved from the ashes of Ossian’s Hall15 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.
A Tompion pocket watch and Jaws poster are among six lots to watch at auction15 February 2021
With estimates from £100-6500 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.
Gainsborough chair is sitting pretty at Locke & England auction15 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.
Coins & medals: Virtual trade leads to 'renaissance' in lockdown15 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.
‘Signature’ Stobwasser snuff box at £11,00015 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.
Holy order at £25,00015 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).