Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Macbeth collar found in a market

24 October 2022

Glasgow School designer’s embroidered silk design instantly stood out in a box of fabric.

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Previews: 2565

24 October 2022

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Perfume burners and famous horse set the saleroom pace

24 October 2022

Leading the sale of Fine Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on October 6 was a very fine pair of blue john and ormolu perfume burners by Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill.

Bronze after Giambologna

Top selling bronze horse stars in our pick of five auction highlights

21 October 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a bronze cast based on one of the great Giambologna’s (1529-1608) favourite models that made over 25-times estimate in Somerset.

Troika moulds

Controversial sale of original Troika moulds to finally go ahead

17 October 2022

The original moulds from the Troika Pottery, kept in storage since the 1980s, come to auction at the end of this month.

Armchair

Qing vase and Ming armchair make eight figure sums as bidders compete in Hong Kong

17 October 2022

One boasted an illustrious ‘Fonthill heirloom’ provenance, the other a Hotung collection background

Armchairs

Classic English furniture from Al Thani collection returns to the saleroom

17 October 2022

Icons of English furniture returned to the market when Sotheby’s Paris sold the contents from the Hôtel Lambert, a 17th century Parisian hôtel particulier on the Ile de La Cité.

Charles Darwin photographs

Collection of Charles Darwin visiting cards coming to Essex auction

17 October 2022

An album of 19 carte de visite portrait photographs of Charles Darwin is offered in Reeman Dansie’s Fine Art auction on November 8-9.

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A model of the Sir John Betjeman statue from St Pancras station is among five lots to watch

17 October 2022

With estimates from £1200-5000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Previews: issue 2564

17 October 2022

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

Blue and white brush pot

Chinese brush pot stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

14 October 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a ‘Transitional period’ brush pot that made over 150-times estimate in Scotland.

Zoffany picture

Zoffany stages an unexpected return to auction

10 October 2022

A little-known theatrical portrait painted by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) towards the end of his career sold for £330,000 at auction in Dorset.

Edo period samurai suit

"It’s been my best week ever": Dealer’s Japanese armour takeaway earns a slap-up celebration ahead of Asian Art in London

10 October 2022

David Thatcher’s display of Japanese armour at Asian Art in London will be much depleted – but for positive reasons.

Hans Coper vase

Hefty price for Hans Coper vase sets fresh auction record

10 October 2022

Premium-inclusive price in London just pips previous high for ceramicist Hans Coper.

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Previews: issue 2563

10 October 2022

A selection of 16 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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A mystery Scottish family portrait is among five lots to watch

10 October 2022

With estimates from £1000-40,000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Record gasoline sign escaped fate as a septic tank lid

10 October 2022

Enthusiasts who feel British enamel advertising signs are becoming overpriced may spare a thought for collectors in the US.

Venetian school picture

Pick of the week: Honey seller from as early as 1620 marks a sweet success

10 October 2022

Depictions of north Africa and the Middle East became commonplace in Western art as the Orientalist art movement reached its height in the 19th century.

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Classic Lucie Rie footed bowl makes £33,000

10 October 2022

A summer Design and Modern sale at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) included a small collection of ceramics by Dame Lucie Rie (1902- 95).

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Focus on Chinese five-figure buys from the regions

10 October 2022

Although catalogued as Kangxi period, an ovoid blue and white vase offered by Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium) on September 20 is a Transitional piece.