Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle
By Markwick Markham… or not16 January 2023
English names from a defunct clock manufactory were used for familiarity in an export market
Second chance to own a pioneering Summers plywood armchair16 January 2023
Bidders who missed out on a version of Gerald Summers’ 1933-34 plywood armchair sold for £20,000 as part of a collection of Simple Furniture at Lyon & Turnbull last October did not have too long to wait for another to appear for sale.
Stiff competition at Suffolk sales indicates strength of Staffordshire pottery market09 January 2023
Collectors of Staffordshire have noted a number of higher prices of late and further evidence of a more active market came when a pair of Victorian Staffordshire flatback figures was offered by Lacy, Scott & Knight (22.5% buyer’s premium).
Bijouterie shines and ceramics surprise in west London saleroom09 January 2023
Eye-catching bijouterie attracted international buyers to Olympia Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) 320-lot European Works of Art sale.
Paul Daniels sale creates touch of magic09 January 2023
Collection amassed by the popular TV magician leaves bidders spellbound as nearly all items get away
Viennese box boasts all-round benefits19 December 2022
Comprehensive sewing kit, playing cards, mirror and pocketknife are among the attractions at Warwick sale
Tiffany gift came with true royal approval12 December 2022
Engraving on Tiffany pepperette reveals the provenance as a princely present in 1879
Bidders desperate for daguerreotypes12 December 2022
Found in a cigar box during an attic clearance and taken to Exeter auction house Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood (25% buyer’s premium), seven framed daguerreotypes in poor condition provided one of the better sleepers of the year on November 22-23.
Tangible rewards in tough times14 November 2022
UK auctioneer hails successful sale offering attractive investments to buyers worldwide
Flaxley Abbey and Chilham Castle: Two sales disperse contents put together by renowned designers07 November 2022
Two ancient country manors refurbished by two of the 20th century’s leading UK interior designers brought what the auctioneers described as ‘pre-Covid atmospheres’ at Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) Donnington Priory rooms.
Rothschild taste sensations as bidders turn out in force at Exbury House sale07 November 2022
The unashamed opulence of interior decoration that became known as Le Goût Rothschild as it spread from 19th century France to Austria, Germany and Britain is a style that has always been admired.
Rutting Pan and Pliny’s Doves take their place in an eclectic selection offered by Somerset saleroom24 October 2022
Nineteenth-century Grand Tourists and souvenirs from the Orient made for a highly successful outing near Bristol where micro-mosaic panels, intaglios and Chinese vessels led the way at Clevedon Saleooms (22% buyer’s premium).
Mortars sell in the grind manner17 October 2022
Bronze examples from the estate of renowned late metalware dealer catch the attention
Old bottles contain plenty of appeal for collectors at Canterbury auction house17 October 2022
Forty years after he began identifying Victorian rubbish heaps then digging in them, a Kent collector’s faith in the saying ‘where there’s muck there’s glass’ was vindicated when fellow enthusiasts demolished estimates on scores of his old bottles.
All cisterns go in Gloucestershire10 October 2022
Two classic country house ‘garden’ form 17th century examples show their mettle
The furniture price adjustments that show a positive trend10 October 2022
While traditional antique furniture prices are still relatively cheap, contemporary and mid-20th century material continues to be an expanding market.
Testing the market for Batterham studio pottery03 October 2022
Works by one of the finest masters of thrown stoneware come to auction
Showy Victorian taste lights up Shropshire sale03 October 2022
Literally the highlight of Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Autumn Sale was a hall lantern demonstrating showy high Victorian taste at its most confident.
Flamboyant mirror frames make over 20-times estimate in Yorkshire03 October 2022
Complex cartouche-shaped marginal wall mirrors from the early 18th century are notably rarer than arched or rectangular examples.
The Swan’s jewels shine among Shakenhurst lots12 September 2022
With the added lustre of having been worn by a Fifties aristocratic supermodel, two jewellery items entered by her grandchildren were the stars at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale of items from a Shropshire manor.