Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s travelogue

Linschoten’s travels reach £44,000

31 October 2022

A Dutch travelogue from the early years of Arctic exploration sold for £44,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Chiswick Auctions on October 26.

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Pick of the week: Mexican jar is choc full of saleroom interest

31 October 2022

In colonial Mexico cacao beans and vanilla pods assumed a similar status to tea leaves in England.

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Aberdeen slipware and an Art Deco brooch are among four lots to watch

31 October 2022

With estimates from £300-50,000 here are four previews of upcoming items.

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Born in Brecon, Aussie grit

31 October 2022

Lt William Emlyn Hardwick (1885-1918) was born in Brecon but by the time he enlisted to fight in the First World War he was living in Australia.

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Previews: issue 2566

31 October 2022

A selection of 12 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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How to figure out the two-tier market for Doulton HN series

31 October 2022

A selection of Doulton HN series rarities sold at three regional salerooms this month.

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Coper and Rie studio pottery supply stays healthy

31 October 2022

Ceramics by Hans Coper (1920-81) and Lucie Rie (1902-95) have been assimilated into the collecting sphere of Modern British art with spectacular effect.

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Bidders on the alert to find Chinese sleepers

31 October 2022

The cylindrical brush pot or bitong appears to have been introduced into the repertoire of Chinese ceramic forms in the late 1620s.

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Sycamore with a special touch

31 October 2022

The vast majority of Mauchline items seen today are engraved transfer-printed wares or other types of ‘fancy Scotch woodwork’ from the Victorian era such as fernware or tartanware.

Medal

An 18th century 100 guinea gold medal stars in our pick of five auction highlights

28 October 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a medal awarded to the captain that navigated Indonesia’s Pitt Strait that made over 35-times estimate in Warrington.

Sideboard

Pick of the week: 1930s Cleveland furniture builds interest at auction

24 October 2022

In the early 1930s, following the closure of its ironstone mines, unemployment in the east Cleveland region of North Yorkshire reached a harrowing 90%.

Tiffany flatware

Fabulous Tiffany flatware served up in a Gilded Age at Knightsbridge auction

24 October 2022

The sale of Silver and Objects of Vertu at Bonhams Knightsbridge on October 20-21 was topped by a multi-estimate bid for a remarkable flatware service by Tiffany.

Cabinet

Getty cabinet one of most expensive pieces of English furniture ever sold

24 October 2022

A George III mahogany china cabinet became one of the most expensive pieces of English furniture ever sold when it took $2.2m (£2m) during the opening salvos of Christie’s New York sale of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection.

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David Hockney printed works are among five lots to watch

24 October 2022

With estimates from £1000-25,000, here are five previews of upcoming items.

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Mayer rivals Pratt for promotion

24 October 2022

Among the most desirable of all ‘Prattware’ transfer printed wares are the series of very rare and highly decorative advertising plaques produced for firms such as Crosse & Blackwell and Huntley & Palmers.

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Bold jewellery designer can boast a Bond connection

24 October 2022

Charles de Temple is much admired as a key figure in the British 1960s modernist movement – one of the designers who ushered bold and abstract jewellery to the forefront of fashion.

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The perfect present for a love-ate relationship

24 October 2022

Often from poor communities and mostly illiterate, men were limited in the ways in which they could plight their troth in 18th and 19th century Wales.

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Token value back in the day, now worth thousands

24 October 2022

Coin dealer Patrick Deane first became interested in 17th and 18th century trade tokens in 1970 when working at Spink and Son. He sold his first collection of around 1250 pieces in 1984.

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Hugh got his skates on in Edinburgh 221 years ago

24 October 2022

The sale at The Auction Centre (20% buyer’s premium) in Runcorn, Cheshire, on September 30 included this rare George III Scottish silver member’s badge for The Edinburgh Skating Club – the world’s first figure skating organisation.

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Dane in Dutch East Indies

24 October 2022

The Danish artist Hugo Vilfred Pedersen (1870-1959) studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen but afterwards spent 12 years travelling around Asia.