Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell


All you need is light: a Beatles table lamp

23 October 2023

This kitschy Beatles table lamp discovered in a house clearance sold for an impressive £950 (estimate £100-150) on September 14.


Dennison’s love of the Samurai

23 October 2023

The art of the Samurai comes to Essex firm Sworders on November 2.


Kenneth Lawley collection on offer at Sotheby’s

23 October 2023

Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art sale on November 1 includes the collection of Dr Kenneth Lawley (1937-2023), a longtime member of the Oriental Ceramic Society.


Silver makes Kinghams auction debut

23 October 2023

Kinghams (25% buyer’s premium) had held its inaugural Silver & Objects of Vertu sale on September 8.

Blessington Commode

Pick of the week: Museum steps in to buy Blessington Commode

16 October 2023

An important piece of Irish marquetry furniture scheduled to sell in County Louth last week was withdrawn from sale at the 11th hour after a deal was struck with the National Museum of Ireland.

Royal Hesse Jubilee Brooch

Wartski uncovers famous Fabergé design for Royal brooch

16 October 2023

The original workshop drawing for a Fabergé jewel in the Royal Collection has been found in the Wartski archive.

Cedric Morris picture

Cedric Morris allegorical work from 1938 comes to auction

16 October 2023

An allegorical bird and flower oil painted by the artist-plantsman Cedric Morris (1889-1982) in the shadow of the Second World War comes to auction this month.

Stuart Devlin ‘flower box’

Exhibition showcases Benney and Devlin, giants of British silversmithing revival

16 October 2023

Elements from the Pearson collection of post-war silver - the largest assemblage of its kind in private hands - will be on display at Noonans in Mayfair.

George III truncheon

A George III truncheon is among five lots to watch

16 October 2023

With estimates from £500, here are five previews of items coming up this week.


Photos cover imperial visits in the days of the Raj

16 October 2023

The opening two lots of Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Art & Antiques sale on October 3 were leather-bound albums of photographs from British India.


Clarice Cliff goes supersize with a ginger jar

16 October 2023

The typical Clarice Cliff ginger jar measures just under 9in (22cm) high and around 6in (15cm) wide.


Table that’s worth Moore thanks to probable Georgian maker

16 October 2023

This George I giltwood side table offered by Lots Road Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) is one of a group typically attributed to James Moore.


Previews: Unrecorded Tipu Sultan swords among highlights on offer this season

16 October 2023

Two previously unrecorded swords from the Tiger of Mysore are among the stand-out lots on offer in upcoming auctions and from dealers


Suffragette’s enamel design skills on show via flower power

16 October 2023

Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) timed online sale that closed on August 13 included this rare enamel by Ernestine Evans Mills (1871-1959).


Previews: issue 2614

16 October 2023

Our selection of lots from 14 upcoming UK auctions.

A young Edward VIII

Intimate photographs of the young Edward VIII star in our pick of five auction highlights

13 October 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of portrait photographs linked to a mistress of Edward VIII.


Pick of the week: Cabinets hint at Grendey grandeur

09 October 2023

A spectacular pair of English giltwood and lacquer cabinets emerged for sale in Germany.

Ann Forbes

Ann Forbes portraits show natural talent of an artist excluded from formal training

09 October 2023

While the Dundee-born painter Catherine Read (1723-78) is considered the first Scottish women to work as a professional artist, a close second was Ann Forbes (1745-1834).


An Art Nouveau design by a woman silversmith is among five lots to watch

09 October 2023

With estimates from £600, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


Clocks: Time for a folk tale

09 October 2023

Nineteenth century English clock adorned with Dick Whittington designs leads a look at horological hammer highlights and previews