Latest News Articles by Terence Ryle
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.
Napoleon III exile skirt among high points at Dominic Winter auction12 September 2022
In exceptionally fine condition and probably never worn, a c.1730-40 embroidered silk skirt offered at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) also had a back story adding to its attraction.
Pressure point in the saleroom05 September 2022
Barometers among collections of two renowned polymaths test the market temperature
Strong demand for anti-slavery objects29 August 2022
Anti-slavery objects are enjoying a particular strong moment in the market as museums at home and in the US seek to fill holes in collections vulnerable to the label ‘pale, male and stale’.
Chinese items stand out in dealer selection08 August 2022
Items collected and meticulously recorded from the 1970s onwards by a trade couple had the attractions of ‘dealer’s choice’ provenances when offered at Hanson Holloway’s Ross (25% buyer’s premium).
Fresh wave of demand on the cards08 August 2022
Overseas interest in tribal art and Doulton Lambeth wares fuelled the higher prices at Cuttlestones’ (20% buyer’s premium) Penkridge sale but it was a new outbreak of cardomania which raised temperatures of collectors across England.
Cambridge sale suggests no slowdown in Chinese bidding despite global challenges25 July 2022
The reassuring news from the East began with the first lot offered at Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) Fine Sale when 10 China-based bidders competed for a Republican-era porcelain Putai.
Careful approach pays off in Cheltenham25 July 2022
Mainland Chinese buyers bidding on jade, porcelain, wooden and textile offerings dominated the leader board at an Asian & Islamic sale at Cheltenham.
How Stan Dodds breathed life into carving25 July 2022
Three lots at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) traced the history of Stan Dodds (1928-2012) – the first and foremost of the Critters.
‘Of a superior character to Tunbridge ware’, maker claimed25 July 2022
“Analogous to the Tunbridge ware but of a superior character” was Robert Russell’s description of his work at the 1851 Great Exhibition.
Specialist takes a shine to Persian silver25 July 2022
With 207 pieces of silver from the Levant and all points East to China on offer at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium), the stand-out pieces were the work of Iranian smiths.
Furniture sits comfortably in the Dales30 May 2022
Pitched at a modest £300-500, a harlequin set of eight Charles II joined oak back stools was one of a number of successes among the furniture offered at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) Leyburn sale.
Hunting pistol has plenty of stopping power30 May 2022
For 19th century sahibs in tiger country and bwanas dealing with charging lions, howdah pistols like the one offered at West Sussex gun specialist Gavin Gardiner (25% buyer’s premium) were the preferred sidearm.
Howard armchairs a hit with buyers30 May 2022
Chairs and sofas by Howard & Sons are a pricey niche market these days, largely immune to the varying fortunes of the wider market for Victorian and Edwardian furniture.
Street art: The inter-war version in ceramics23 May 2022
Popular figures were created in Chelsea by husband and wife duo Charles and Nell Vyse
Chaise longue value lies in the maker11 April 2022
Knowledgeable bidders spot a design by Owen Jones on offer in North Yorkshire
Rothschild name tempts bidders04 April 2022
Provenance adds cachet to a varied selection offered in regional sale after London first dibs
Catherine Southon tees off to a fine start in 202221 February 2022
Egyptian antiquities and Rolex are a hit in first sale of the year held at Surrey golf club
Oak sales revived in Suffolk14 February 2022
Specialist auctions staged in Stowmarket with expert input show encouraging signs
Solicitor’s sale reflects lifetime interest in West Country silver07 February 2022
A Plymouth solicitor’s lifetime appreciation of West Country silver was shared by enthusiastic bidders at Chilcotts’ (21% buyer’s premium) Honiton rooms.