Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

Miniature penknife

Exceptional 19th century miniature penknife stars in our pick of five auction highlights

21 December 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Joseph Rogers & Sons miniature penknife made for royal presentation that more than doubled estimate.

Lucie Rie flaring footed porcelain bowl

‘True masterpiece’ bowl brings a new auction high for studio potter Lucie Rie

18 December 2023

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to reach new heights.

‘English School’ plumbago on vellum portrait miniatures

Pick of the week: Scientist made his living as a painter

18 December 2023

The most remarkable result at Cheffins’ Fine Art Sale in Cambridge was provided by a group of four ‘English School’ plumbago on vellum portrait miniatures.


Previews: issue 2623

18 December 2023

Our selection of lots from six upcoming UK and Irish auctions


Reminder of Rennie Mackintosh’s Suffolk sojourn

18 December 2023

A group of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) watercolours and drawings were sold on behalf of the Glasgow Art Club at Lyon & Turnbull’s (26% buyer’s premium) Design since 1860 sale in Edinburgh.


Collector Interview: Dedicated to the etchings of the Detmold twins

18 December 2023

Based on his own 50-year collecting odyssey, Iain MacPhail has privately published a hardback catalogue raisonné of the etchings created by the prolific Victorian and early 20th century book illustrators Charles Maurice and Edward Julius Detmold. Here he talks to ATG about his collecting passion.


Regency sofas with a rich provenance

18 December 2023

The Fine & Decorative Interiors sale at The Pedestal (25% buyer’s premium) included a pair of Regency white painted and gilt sofas with a rich provenance.


Copeland dinner service came from Lowther sale

18 December 2023

There were many massive English country house sales in the 20th century but the largest by volume was the contents sale at Lowther Castle during April, May and June 1947.


Bidders display passion for a Holy Land panel

18 December 2023

Mother of pearl and olivewood devotional objects were made in Jerusalem in large quantities as tourism to the Holy Land took off in the late 19th and early 20th century.


Brooch was ‘gift from Duke and Duchess of Windsor’

18 December 2023

The sale at Young’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Farnham, Surrey, on November 25 included jewels and objects of vertu with royal provenances.


McWilliam sculpture reflects troubled times in Northern Ireland

18 December 2023

A bronze from Frederick Edward McWilliam’s (1909-92) Women of Belfast series of sculptures sold for £37,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium) on December 6.


Smoking causes healthy results: tobacco related items

18 December 2023

Corporate collection of British American Tobacco includes choice antique items related to the habit

English table clock signed for Ambrose Gardner

English table clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights

15 December 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an extremely rare ebony veneered English table clock signed for Ambrose Gardner that more than doubled its estimate at auction.

Victorian travel album

Indian and Egyptian travel photo album takes sensational £135,000

11 December 2023

An impressive result emerged at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood on December 5 when a travel album titled The Ramblings and Adventures of an Indian Officer was knocked down at £135,000.

Terracotta dog

Pick of the week: Sculpture by 3D printing pioneer soars above estimate at Chiswick Auctions

11 December 2023

It was around 1860 that the trained artist François Willème (1830-1905) began to experiment with photography as a way to create sculpture.


Ashbee name is key to piano case appeal

11 December 2023

A recently rediscovered version of one of the best-known Guild of Handicraft designs is up for sale at Sworders.


Banksy screenprint with personal dedication is among five lots to watch this week

11 December 2023

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


Previews: issue 2622

11 December 2023

Our selection of lots from seven upcoming UK and Irish auctions


Malczewski: Polish painter with a strong sense of self

11 December 2023

Trained at the Krakow School of Fine Arts as well as the Paris École des Beaux Arts, Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929) is credited for the rise in popularity of symbolism in late 19th and early 20th-century Poland.


Sale day is May day for this German beaker

11 December 2023

The small German beakers known as monatsbecher (‘month beakers’) were made in sets of a dozen: one for each month of the year.