Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle

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Chinese ritual wine vessel has considerable animal attraction

05 July 2021

Based on Warring States (475-225BC) archetypes, archaistic bronze ritual wine vessels, zun, formed as tapirs became popular during the Northern Song period, remained so through to the Qing dynasty, and are major draws in Western salerooms today.

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Collector's guests at Georgian-themed dinners turn out for dispersal at Suffolk auction

28 June 2021

Richard Miller (1947-2018) was a man with many interests and a good eye.

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Marble and so much Moore

21 June 2021

Polymath Gerald Moore’s collection and his own artwork both attract bidders as Summers Place saleroom returns to action

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Opium pipe blows away estimate in auction of Finch collection

21 June 2021

A tobacco pipe which opened the series and an opium one which ended it – interspersed by a cigar stub – met keen demand at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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From portraits to kitchen china: Dewlish House auction

24 May 2021

Dewlish House yields ‘good old-fashioned house sale with everything on offer’

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Kinghams showcases British art pottery in new venue

17 May 2021

Second sale since auction house move and name change is a British art pottery success

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Porter’s oak chair for guarding in comfort brings strong bidding at Batemans

17 May 2021

Intended to keep servants warm in the draughty watches of day and night at the entrances to grand houses, this porter’s chair was bought at Christie’s in 1989 and used in the vendor’s living room ever since.

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Furniture prices looking good in Berkshire auction

03 May 2021

Fifteen furniture lots make five-figure sums as Dreweatts bidders show encouraging confidence

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Chelsea teapot takes £14,000 bid

03 May 2021

This unmarked teapot and cover, offered by Dreweatts, dates from the first decade of porcelain production at the Chelsea factory.

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Tudor connection chewed over

26 April 2021

Armorial head linked to the palaces of Henry VIII when he was married to Anne Boleyn.

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Two single-owner collections of Orientalists works highlight Sussex sale with worldwide appeal

19 April 2021

Two English Orientalists made the biggest impression at a recent sale at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.

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Galway silver shines in Lewes auction

19 April 2021

The West as well as the East made a major contribution to the success of Gorringe’s £1m sale on March 30 where, overall, 86% of the 593 lots sold.

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Treen captures the imagination at Doncaster auction

22 March 2021

On themes from Brighton Pavilion to a cat’s backside, well-known collection creates a stir

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Obesity crisis? But not in the saleroom it seems…

15 March 2021

Entered from the estate of an Ipswich craftsman-hobbyist, the corpulent figures shown below were two of his 144 wood carvings which met unexpected demand.

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Silver: Sale in Devon hots up with a Charles II brazier

15 March 2021

Bolstered by a strong melt price of over £15 an ounce, domestic silver hollowwares and flatwares are selling strongly. However, it is the pieces of collectable value – novelties, provincial rarities and the work of the best Georgian, Regency and Victorian smiths – that continue to perform best in the market

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Furniture from across the centuries offers contrasting styles to bidders

08 March 2021

Traditional 18th century styles rub shoulders with stand-out Modern design in regional sales

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Table linked to ‘Diamond King and the King of Siam’

08 March 2021

This eye-catching 19th century Ceylonese ebony and inlaid breakfast table came with intriguing stories about its provenance in an auction catalogue.

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Elkington Paradise found but not at silver price level

08 March 2021

If the famous image of the Milton Shield by Elkington and its £800-1200 estimate drew a double-take at a recent auction, there was good reason.

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Commode inspired by Anglo-French influence heads impressive Chichester sale

01 March 2021

In a sale that yielded quality and surprises in most sections, the major talking points at Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) were provided by two pieces of furniture. Emerging from the same house and given here-to-sell estimates, both achieved five-figure results.

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Doucai cups bring international bids to defy damage issues

01 March 2021

In poor condition but made in the coveted Yongzheng (1722-1735) period, this pair of Doucai porcelain cups attracted bids from China, Canada, Scandinavia and Spain as well as the UK.