Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Pick of the week: Take tea with the queen – at a twelfth the normal size

11 January 2021

A copy of the Royal Doulton dinner service commissioned in 1922 for Queen Mary’s doll’s house sold for a top-estimate £30,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of the Thomas Goode auction at Sotheby’s.

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Ceramics and glassware: taking the market for toby jugs at face value

11 January 2021

A London auction offering ceramics fans a treat thanks to single-owner collections and a mixed array leads a look at the market as a whole

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Enter the dragon – collection of Welsh ceramics sold in Cardiff includes choice entries

11 January 2021

The Welsh Sale at Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff included a large section of Welsh ceramics from a west Wales estate.

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Bidders on the scent of an 1810 ‘classic head’ US coin

11 January 2021

Some of the best US coin discoveries are today made in the UK.

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Auction previews: issue 2475

11 January 2021

Our regular selection of previews from UK and Irish salerooms.

Theodore Deck pottery

Orientalist basin, mahogany bookcases, Arts and Crafts oak chest – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

08 January 2021

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare Orientalist basin by the French ‘father of art pottery’ and a pair of mahogany bookcases that went 16 times over estimate.

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‘Earliest dated Irish glass’ sells at auction

04 January 2021

What is perhaps the earliest dated piece of Irish glass sold at auction in Lewes.

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Pick of the week: Gilbert’s St George figure sells at a £1m high

04 January 2021

Closing the year in some style, a patinated and parcel gilt bronze ‘double size’ figure of St George set a new auction record for Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) at Bonhams.

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A games machine and a rare livestock picture are among three lots to watch at auction

04 January 2021

With estimates from £300-5000 here are three previews of upcoming items this week.

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Back-painting at sale forefront

04 January 2021

Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) Autumn Fine Sale in Leyburn was topped by a pair of verre eglomisé pictures by Jonas Zeuner (1727-1814).

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Automobilia: Dominions sign gets into gear

04 January 2021

Petrol-themed enamel signs do not get much better than that made to promote British Dominions Empire Motor Insurance in c.1912.

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Auction previews: issue 2474

04 January 2021

Our regular selection of previews from UK and Irish salerooms.

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Waistel Cooper in his own world

04 January 2021

Once dismissed as a mere Hans Coper follower, the studio potter is now in rising demand

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Glassmaker turns his hand to silver

04 January 2021

The name William Beilby (1740-1819) is typically associated with the best of English glass and particularly the enamelling workshop operated from Amen Corner in Newcastle in the 1760s-70s.

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Broken and reglued but still sold at £200,000

04 January 2021

A recent fine art auction at Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) included a once magnificent Qianlong (1735-99) copper-red and underglaze blue lantern vase.

Anti-slavery jug

Anti-slavery jug leads our pick of five auction highlights sold this month

27 December 2020

ATG’s latest selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an early 19th century ‘anti-slavery’ jug that made over 20-times estimate in Macclesfield.

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‘From a royal palace’ to family bathroom in Hull house

21 December 2020

Bristol auction house sells mirror with an intriguing link to Marie Antoinette

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Rowland Ward went Down Under

21 December 2020

Australian species pack into a Rowland Ward taxidermy tableau sold for £4000 in Guernsey auction.

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Superb British Smith & Beck microscope bought by US collector for £38,000 in Berkshire auction

21 December 2020

Surviving records for the London instrument maker Smith & Beck state this superb microscope from the brass and glass era was purchased on September 2, 1853, by Francis Herbert Wenham (1824-1908) – the British engineer who became a key figure in the improvement of the microscope.

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At least you can look at a skiing scene

21 December 2020

Selection of skiing posters focused on winter sports and travel is on offer at Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull.