Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell


Pick of the week: Chess set bidders make their moves

10 June 2024

It was on March 1, 1849 that Nathaniel Cook, the editor of the Illustrated London News, registered the design that would provide the ancient and cosmopolitan game of chess with its first standardised set.


Bidders spot a Limoges production

10 June 2024

A lot catalogued simply as a ’French gilt bronze figure of Madonna and Child’ proved the highlight of the Furniture, Art & Asian auction at Clars (28% buyer’s premium) in Oakland, California, on May 17.


Meissen freemasons rub shoulders with Lowestoft musicians in Essex

10 June 2024

The most desirable element of a collection of 18th century white-glazed porcelain figures offered by Reeman Dansie (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Colchester was the Meissen group known as Two Freemasons.


Union general Sherman’s own civil war selection

10 June 2024

Well-known works covering the conflict come from the library of the famed and feared commander


Meissen designer Kaendler in his element

10 June 2024

Among the most recognisable output of the Meissen factory are the ‘Elements’ ewers, the set of four emblematic of Earth, Air, Water and Fire that were designed by Johann Joachim Kaendler in 1741.


Dealer Tomasso adds to his personal collection with an auction jewellery purchase

10 June 2024

A gold and cameo ring offered with an estimate of just £200-300 at Derbyshire auction house Irita Marriott (plus 28.8% buyer’s premium inc VAT) and catalogued as 19th century caught the eye of a number of jewellery dealers and bidders from as far as Paris and the US.


It’s a wrap at $120,000 as Qing knotted cloth vase shines in LA

10 June 2024

A Qing vase later converted to a lamp sailed beyond expectations at an Andrew Jones Collections & Estates sale.

The de Pinna silver cup

De Pinna cup to finally appear for sale after scientific testing

05 June 2024

At the third time of asking, an enigmatic Elizabethan style silver and porcelain goblet will finally be offered at auction this month.

Donald Campbell’s Jaguar XK150

Legendary speedster Donald Campbell’s Jaguar races into Essex auction

05 June 2024

Donald Campbell’s Jaguar XK150 comes for sale at Sworders on June 18.


Italian micromosaic table is among five lots to watch this week

03 June 2024

With estimates from £250, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week


French magic lantern and camera lens impress in Texas

03 June 2024

The French toymaker Georges Carette (1861-1954) is thought to have learned how to make magic lanterns from the Paris specialist maker August Lapierre.


Amphora owl has a hoot at $13,000

03 June 2024

This large porcelain lamp modelled as an owl perched on the capital of a corinthian column dates from the golden era of the Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel factory – better known as Amphora.


States and dates drive Old Master print market

03 June 2024

Impressions of all three of Albrecht Dürer’s (1471-1528) famous Meisterstiche (master engravings) were sold by Grogan & Co (25% buyer's premium) on May 4.


Horticultural author based ‘at the flower pot’

03 June 2024

Stephen Switzer (1682-1745), gardener, author, landscape designer and seedsman, was apprenticed in 1699 to George London, the senior partner of Brompton Park Nurseries.


Franklin found in Italy bears striking similarity to well-known portrait

03 June 2024

Recently found in Italy, a previously unrecorded portrait of Benjamin Franklin sold at Freeman’s Hindman (27/21/15% buyer's premium) in Philadelphia for $30,000 (£24,000).


A story of grape expectations in 17th century England

03 June 2024

Seventeenth century guide to growing vines in England was published just before the Great Fire of London


Button up for the bidding ride

03 June 2024

Image of a horse-drawn coach takes top price as many desirable designs come up at auction


Previews: issue 2646

03 June 2024

Our selection of highlights from 11 upcoming auctions

Limoges panel

Super Bowl founder’s Limoges plaques fly to 34 times estimate in Florida auction

29 May 2024

An exceptional pair of 16th century Limoges enamels attracted remarkable interest after emerging for sale in Florida.

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John Duncan Fergusson anniversary marked with 17 works at Lyon & Turnbull

28 May 2024

The 150th anniversary of the birth of the Colourist painter John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) is being marked at Lyon & Turnbull on June 6.