Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell
A £25,000 record for Irish flatware?27 June 2014
Seventeenth century Dublin trefid spoons are extremely scarce. Last year a single rat-tailed example by Andrew Gregory, 1685, sold for €9000 at Adams of Dublin.
Recalling Belperron’s wartime travails as single-owner collection sells out27 June 2014
Despite countless offers to leave France, Suzanne Belperron (1900-83) remained in German-occupied Paris throughout the Second World War – a jewellery maker and a Resistance fighter.
New York to ban ivory and rhino horn sales25 June 2014
New York is a step closer to adopting new restrictions on ivory after the State Assembly passed the bill to bar nearly all sales of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.
Martin Brothers bird flies to record £75,00020 June 2014
Knocking others off their perch, Salisbury’s Woolley & Wallis improved upon their own auction record for Martin Brothers with the £75,000 sale of this bird jar to Gloucestershire British art pottery dealers AD Antiques.
English delftware remembering a difficult year for George II – and the Queen’s teeth20 June 2014
The year 1737 was something of an annus horribilis for George II.
Fit for an emperor at £355,00013 June 2014
The most highly regarded piece of Chinese porcelain offered during the recent round of Asian sales was seen in Edinburgh where Lyon & Turnbull sold this blue and white dragon charger for £355,000.
Russian auctions shrug off politics09 June 2014
Despite the unhelpful backdrop of Ukraine politics and the threat of economic sanctions, the Russian art market continued on its mercurial journey in the first week of June. The characteristic patchy selling rates for the ‘Londongrad’ sales were accompanied by moments of remarkable competition.
The British camera that helped get pictures moving06 June 2014
It may not look much today, but this camera was the latest cutting-edge piece of technology when it was first released for sale in 1899 – and it helped lay the foundations for the future of film and moving pictures. Then it retailed for £30, now it has just sold at auction in Surrey by Lawrences of Bletchingley for £7800.
On the £7500 scent of James Giles03 June 2014
Trading from the Arts Museum in Cockspur Street, the famous James Giles (1718-80) china and glass decorating atelier produced an enormous diversity of bijouterie for the London luxury trade.
Rivals hoping to fill void left by Ivey-Selkirk in St Louis03 June 2014
Following the implosion of auction house Ivey-Selkirk earlier this year, more than one firm is hoping to plug the void left by the troubled St Louis institution.
Roadshow discovery heads to Christie’s02 June 2014
This portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck, a spectacular discovery for the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’, will carry an estimate of £300,000-500,000 at Christie’s Old Master sale on July 8.
V&A launch a Rapid Response to contemporary collecting30 May 2014
A pair of Primark jeans, a 3D-printed gun and Katy Perry branded fake eyelashes are just a few of the objects that will go on display in a new gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum this summer.
Art Deco classics ring a bell09 May 2014
Designed and manufactured by the Siemens factory in Woolwich from 1929, the 200 Series dial telephone (aka the Neophone) is today considered an Art Deco design classic and the first truly modern telephone.
Winning the Beswick trials09 May 2014
A trial model of a champion dog led the way among a group of Beswick figures sold at a recent auction in Stoke-on-Trent.
Horst’s perfect storm hits Philadelphia09 May 2014
Alasdair Nichol, picture specialist and vice chairman at Freeman’s of Philadelphia, called the Horst collection “an auctioneer’s perfect storm” – the sale of a previously unknown cache of untouched European and American art exposed to market for the first time in close to a century.
Auction record for natural saltwater pearls shows strength of gems market02 May 2014
The run on pearls continues with two spectacular prices paid for exceptional natural saltwater gems at auctions on either side of the Atlantic this week.
The £150,000 doorstop with an Imperial past02 May 2014
The latest Asian art sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet was led by this massive 9½in (24.5cm) high Chinese calligrapher’s brush pot dating to the late 18th or early 19th century.
Somerset’s £43,000 cabinet of delights28 April 2014
This 21in (54cm) wide ‘Indo-Portuguese’ ivory inlaid hardwood fall front cabinet sold for an extraordinary £43,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.
Live the Mackintosh dream28 April 2014
Located in the village of Kimacolm, close to the Firth of Clyde and 20 miles west of Glasgow, is Windyhill, one of only three houses built by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Tougher sentences for thefts that hit heritage24 April 2014
Thieves who target cultural property or items of great sentimental value could be hit with tougher sentences under official new proposals.