Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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17th century cabinet blending East and West style attracts interest in Henley auction

31 August 2020

This 17th century teak, ebony and ivory standing cabinet or contador is a type associated with the Indo-Portuguese settlement in Goa.

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Minton majolica bear drums up interest at Farnham sale

31 August 2020

This Minton majolica figure of a 12in (30cm) dancing bear playing a drum kit carries a patent lozenge for May 1876.

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Chinese export cabinets at Bellmans come market-fresh from family

31 August 2020

A pair of Chinese export black lacquer chinoiserie decorated cabinets on stands came for sale at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex on August 11 with a blue-chip provenance.

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Carved ‘Black Forest’ hound stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

28 August 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a carved hound stick stand that sold for more than four-times estimate in Hampshire.

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£17,000 Martinware tortoise emerges from hibernation

24 August 2020

This Martin Brothers stoneware model of a tortoise with a mirthful face was a very welcome discovery for auctioneer Rupert Toovey on a post-lockdown valuation in the Surrey Hills.

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Antiques dealer's French imperial naval eagle soars at auction

24 August 2020

According to his family, this French imperial naval eagle was purchased by the dealer Jack Webb (1923-2019) from a ‘totter’ in the early 1970s over the counter at his shop in Camden Passage.

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Dealer’s kitchen antiques collection finds new home

24 August 2020

A vast collection of Victorian kitchen antiques formed by a dealer from Kent has found a new home in North Yorkshire.

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Statues surface from sunken garden site after decades in the undergrowth

24 August 2020

An extraordinary cache of garden statuary, unseen for decades, comes for sale at Summers Place Auctions next month.

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Pick of the week: Disc-end spoon discovery scoops £21,000

24 August 2020

While most early Scottish spoon types follow closely known and comparable patterns from England or mainland Europe, the ‘disc-end’ is an exception. Made for perhaps a century from c.1580, it is a form seemingly unique to Scotland.

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A military watch collection, a Bernard Leach jar and a Shakespeare halfpenny are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

24 August 2020

With estimates from £100-35,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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The Mouseman in his prime

24 August 2020

Classic Robert Thompson products from family collections underline current keen demand.

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Batavian box gives buyer something to chew on

24 August 2020

The centuries-old Indonesian habit of chewing betel nut, the fruit of the reach palm, was quickly adopted by settlers from the Dutch East India Company who appreciated both its psychoactive properties and its importance as a local social ritual.

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Bayonet axed for being costly is now highly valauble

24 August 2020

The so-called Elcho bayonet was designed for the Martini-Henry rifle in 1870 by Lord Elcho, the 10th Earl of Wemyss & March.

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Previews

24 August 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Politician proves influential in the antiques world

24 August 2020

Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond (1944-2014) – the founder of the Norbrook pharmaceutical group in Northern Ireland – proved just as influential in the world of politics as he was in business.

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Carving much mightier than a mouse

24 August 2020

The Robert Thompson firm produced shire horses, such as this example offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on July 23, from the 1960s-90s.

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Sphinx flies in black glass

24 August 2020

The best-known press-moulded models made by John Derbyshire at the Regent Road Flint Glassworks in Salford are the series of animal and figural paperweights made in frosted, flint and coloured glass.

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Bronze deity makes a jumbo price

24 August 2020

In Tibetan Buddhism the elephant-headed deity Vignataka is treated with considerable ambivalence.

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Politicians on the saleroom menu

24 August 2020

Estimated at £100-200 but sold for £2800 at Thomas Watson (25% buyer’s premium) in Darlington on August was a set of four Worcester parian menu holders.

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Minton majolica bear that once appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

21 August 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Minton majolica dancing bear that sold for four-times estimate in Surrey.