Decorative Art

This category encompasses a wide range of three-dimensional antiques in a variety of different materials. It includes ceramics, glass and metalware (including silver and plate), medium to small size decorative objects such as tea caddies and dressing table sets.

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Renewed plea to help find missing Martinware pieces from Ealing council

01 December 2020

A group of Martinware pottery items stolen across two break-ins back in 2005 and 2007 from buildings owned by Ealing Council are still missing but there are hopes some can be recovered.

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Odundo vase achieves record for single work by living potter at Maak auction

30 November 2020

London studio pottery specialist Maak achieved a record £200,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) for this vessel by Madgalene Odundo (b.1950).

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Wingett goes for upmarket upcycling turning scrap into a super Georgian cistern

30 November 2020

In an act of decidedly upmarket upcycling, dealer Simon Wingett of Burton Antiques and his business partner have commissioned a series of casts of a George II wine cistern to be made from scrap.

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Phillips to offer specialist dealer's art pottery

30 November 2020

Art Nouveau-era art pottery from the collection of Jason Jacques, the well-known specialist dealer in this field, will be offered on December 9.

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Our pick of 12 pieces of continental porcelain appearing at auction in December

30 November 2020

A special selection of European continental porcelain coming up in UK auctions and abroad.

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Josef Hoffmann vase is a leading light at Vienna auction

30 November 2020

Items designed by Josef Hoffmann, leading light of the Wiener Werkstӓtte movement, will feature in a sale in Vienna.

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Martinware theft: Ealing bird found

23 November 2020

A missing Martinware bird has been recovered more than 15 years after it was stolen from Southall Library in Ealing, west London.

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Pick of the week: Florence sparkles in Castrucci’s stunning stone carving

23 November 2020

In 1592, the Florentine stone carver Cosimo Castrucci (fl.1576-1602) was called to the imperial court in Prague by Rudolph II.

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5 Questions: Art Deco dealer Matthew Foster

23 November 2020

Matthew Foster’s Art Deco Gallery has traded from Grays Antique Centre for the past four years. Having worked with his parents, Portobello Road market traders in the 1980s, Foster launched his business in 1987 and trades in Art Deco period objets d’art and jewellery. Next month he opens a shop at 11 Cecil Court in central London.

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Lalique shines as period pieces impress

23 November 2020

A Lalique glass, enamel and diamond bracelet, brooch and earring suite was sold at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) for the first time since it was bought by the Edwardian heiress Florence Evelyn St George (1870-1936).

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Jewellery and silver: our pick of 29 objects offered at auctions in time for Christmas

23 November 2020

Forget the high street or ‘not-on-the-high street’ – for those looking for an original gift, a carefully chosen antique will never disappoint. Many upcoming UK auctions of silver and jewellery are assembled with the season of gift-giving in mind. Here ATG provides a selection of ‘more affordable’ and portable items, all for sale this month

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Culloden commemorative box with Jacobite sympathies emerges in London sale

16 November 2020

Lots of souvenirs were produced referencing the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746 – the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 and the last pitched battle fought on British soil.

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Picasso ceramic portrait at Piasa

16 November 2020

This painted and glazed earthenware ceramic by Pablo Picasso from 1956 decorated with a profile Portrait de Jacqueline will feature in the November 25 sale of Modern and Contemporary Art at Piasa in Paris.

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Firing demand: three fenders eagerly contested at autumn sales

16 November 2020

Pictured here are three quite different brass fireside fenders – all of them eagerly contested at autumn sales.

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Opportunity knocks for decorative arts sales

16 November 2020

Salerooms seize the chance as traditional dedicated auctions fade away in London

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Obituary: Graham Leishman Stewart (1955-2020)

16 November 2020

Graham Leishman Stewart, who died in Edinburgh on October 28, is widely regarded as one of the finest silversmiths of his generation.

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‘Hans Sloane’ Chelsea dish is a vine find

09 November 2020

This Chelsea dish moulded as a vine leaf and painted with polychrome fruit is a textbook production from the Red Anchor period c.1755-58.

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Oyster server in Maine

09 November 2020

This 10 x 12in (25 x 30cm) Minton’s majolica revolving oyster-serving stand from c.1870 will feature in the fourth day of the auction series to be staged by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Maine from November 12-15.

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Serving the nation – the Pitt family china

02 November 2020

A Chinese export dinner service used in the home of three Georgian prime ministers comes for sale this week as part of Asian Art in London.

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Fragment of magnificent dish makes bullish £4600

02 November 2020

This tin-glazed earthenware fragment comes from a once magnificent early Italian maiolica ‘istoriato’ dish from the first half of the 16th century.

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