Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle
Brahms booms in vinyl revival15 July 2019
The resurrection of vinyl continues apace as was evident when a large collection of classical records offered by Ledbury auction house John Goodwin (15% buyer’s premium) attracted specialist trade and private interest from all over the world.
Aboriginal weapons saved from a skip now sell at auction15 July 2019
Saved at the last minute from a skip, a collection of Aboriginal weapons drew worldwide interest at Martel Maides’ sale in St Peter Port, Guernsey.
Romantic Russians in figure form15 July 2019
The Patriotic War of 1812 stirred up powerful feelings of national pride in Russia.
Louis Vuitton trunk shifts at £720015 July 2019
Pleased as the vendors were to be told by Gloucestershire auctioneer Martin Lambert that a 1920s trunk from their late parents’ home could be worth £2000, they were happier when pre-sale interest in Tayler & Fletcher’s recent sale brought a revised estimate of £2500-4000.
George II table takes £17,500 and Churchill letters get away15 July 2019
As a reminder of the days when a piece of quality furniture could be expected to top a wide-ranging provincial sale, a George II giltwood and gesso occasional table led the way at Dawson’s (20% buyer’s premium) 550-lot event in Maidenhead.
Glass birds and Mouseman sell in North Yorkshire15 July 2019
The demand for 1960s Pulcini glass birds made by Alessandro Pianon (1931-64) for the Venetian company Vistosi has spiked in recent months.
Musical boxes tune up in two auctions15 July 2019
Two musical boxes catching the eye and ear among the small vertu sections at summer silver sales.
Downsizing of a collection amassed over 15 years results in quality silver on offer08 July 2019
Combining fine 18th and 19th work by major silversmiths with rarities of scholarly interest, the comprehensively catalogued silver sale at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) appealed to specialists across the market spectrum.
Magic Midget makes mighty saleroom price08 July 2019
Racing along to a double-estimate £2400, this tinplate clockwork Tri-ang Magic Midget made by Line Bros in 1933, led the field at the 450-lot toys sale at Gildings (15% buyer’s premium) in Market Harborough on June 24.
Anglo-Italian items earn triple honours in Kent08 July 2019
Art and romance from 19th century Italy, industrialised agriculture from England – two national stereotypes were honoured in triplicate at the Canterbury Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).
Surprise new custodian of the Cornish manor has a clear-out08 July 2019
The story of Cornish care worker Jordan Rogers, who proved he was the illegitimate son and legitimate heir to a £50m Penrose mansion, made national headlines in May. It also had a knock-on effect in the auctioneering world.
Church gates lead to bidding battles in two salerooms01 July 2019
In market terms, ecclesiastical gates are not the subject of mass appeal but examples by major 19th century designers certainly had their devotees at two June sales.
Buyer nets a silver tennis bangle01 July 2019
This silver tennis bangle, below, triggered a classic singles match at auction.
Dove design wings its way to auction01 July 2019
Scantily catalogued as a Georgian/Victorian micro-mosaic plaque depicting a dove, a classic example of the pieces produced by Italian craftsmen and beloved by wealthy Britons on the Grand Tour was equally appreciated by bidders at Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).
That’s the spirit at £590001 July 2019
Top-seller at Richard Edmonds’ (20% buyer’s premium) latest specialist motoring accessories sale was a hanging lightbox proclaiming the virtues of Pratt’s Perfection Spirit.
Somerset’s cosmopolitan touch24 June 2019
A sale with multinational appeal – and a baroque revival cabinet spared from Rentokil.
Carved coral Tripani adviser24 June 2019
Italy – or more specifically Sicily – came up trumps for Stamford auction house Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) in the form of this 4½in (11cm) carved coral and copper-gilt urn and cover.
Cohray’s handmade modernism24 June 2019
In the 1950s French designer Raymond Cohen and his firm Cohray were producing a range of ultra-modern furniture that – although made for the machine age – were all put together by hand.
Esther Scroll with £25,000 golden touch24 June 2019
Topping by some way an offering of 300 pieces of jewellery at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Edinburgh sale was a Persian gold and niello decorated Esther Scroll holder.
Tyneside ceramics hero – and footballer24 June 2019
Ceramics commemorating the coronation of Edward VIII are less rare than often supposed, having been produced in abundance before the coronation was aborted. Most bring relatively small sums.