Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell
Tibetan bronze figure takes £32,000 at Bellmans’ auction21 August 2015
West Sussex auctioneers Bellmans enjoyed considerable success on August 5, with a single-owner collection of around 30 Indian and Tibetan bronzes collected by a private vendor in the 1960s.
Auctioneers unite for mammoth Felix Dennis dispersal14 August 2015
Two regional auctioneers – Halls of Shrewsbury and Bigwoods of Stratford-upon-Avon – are joining forces to conduct an ‘on-the-premises’ sale of art and antiques owned by the colourful publisher Felix Dennis (1947-2014).
Lombardy escritoire sells for £19,500 at Chorley’s auction in Gloucestershire13 August 2015
The highlight of Chorley’s latest two-day sale at Prinknash Abbey was this unusual late 18th century Lombardy escritoire.
Showground fairs must charge VAT12 August 2015
Showground fair organisers have reacted with disappointment to the news that exhibitors must pay 20% VAT on pitch rentals.
Palitoy Star Wars Death Star toys show the force is strong at auction12 August 2015
For many of the 40- and 50-somethings who trawl the internet for Star Wars toys, the ‘holy grail’ object is the Palitoy Death Star play set.
VAT on showground fair pitches12 August 2015
COMMENT: So we finally have a ruling from the VAT tribunal but it is not good news.
London numismatists urge clients to oppose German Cultural Property law changes04 August 2015
Coin specialists AH Baldwin & Sons are encouraging their customers to sign the petition opposing an amendment to the controversial German Cultural Property and Heritage Protection Law.
Vincennes sugar bowl sells for £45,00031 July 2015
Yellow-ground wares from the Vincennes soft-paste porcelain workshops are great rarities.
Ambitious Dutch online auction firm aims to be a high-end eBay30 July 2015
Dutch online auction business Catawiki has raised $82m to build its business.
Provincial silver packs a £17,000 punch22 July 2015
This rare Irish provincial silver punch strainer took £14,000 at Lawrences’ latest sale in Crewkerne. Dated to c.1740-60, it is struck twice for Joseph Johns, one of only a handful of silversmiths working in Limerick in the middle of the 18th century.
Bidding comes to rest at £23,00016 July 2015
This superbly patinated Shona hardwood headrest sold for £23,000 at only the second auction at new Stowmarket saleroom Bishop & Miller.
Hôtel Drouot ‘pleased’ as 47 auctioneers and porters face trial14 July 2015
The Hôtel Drouot, the communal saleroom facility used by most Paris auctioneers, has welcomed the news that swathes of former staff members are to face charges relating to stolen property.
The first Silver Cross pram returns home03 July 2015
William Wilson’s patent for a perambulator was cheered by the infants of well-to-do-Victorians.
Lawyer slams DEFRA over CITES chaos01 July 2015
A leading CITES lawyer has criticised DEFRA’s “wholesale failure” to alert the public to law changes, after a court fined a jeweller £2000 for selling antique tiger claw pendants.
Regulations on tiger parts29 June 2015
The law on tiger jewellery is frequently flouted. Last week on eBay – a site that operates a ban on antique ivory – several items of big cat jewellery were on sale from UK vendors.
Five things you need to know about CITES29 June 2015
Chiparus’ Queen of Babylon shines once more29 June 2015
“The ivory ban has been a right old dampener on the market as a whole but after taking time to consider its implications, collectors are coming back.”
Goodman and de Pury launch web-only auctions with promises to keep down fees23 June 2015
Two senior members of the international auctioneering profession launch separate online-only ventures this week.
Bonhams to close Oxford salerooms10 June 2015
Bonhams are to close their Oxfordshire salerooms and move more merchandise to London as part of a further review of their regional operations.
Godwin barn find becomes £31,000 reward at Essex auction10 June 2015
This spectacular barn find, an ebonised coromandel and inlaid octagonal centre table designed by Edward Godwin (1833-86), sold for £31,000 at Sworders’ sale of decorative art and design in Stansted Mountfitchet.