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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Merkle and his Meissen collecting mission

20 May 2024

Focus on first part of a series of porcelain sales offering businessman’s collection

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Eye on an object: A collection of glass slides from Victorian designer John Hardman

20 May 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Showpiece collection of British ceramics comes from Australia

20 May 2024

Australian pharmaceutical chemist Robert Francis Burke started building his collection of Chelsea and Worcester porcelain in the 1970s, long before the days of the internet.

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British studio pottery features among TEFAF New York sales

16 May 2024

Lucie Rie and other Modern masters delight buyers at recent fair

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A ‘dog kennel’ vesta case is among five lots to watch

13 May 2024

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Designs by the daring Dino Martens come to auction in Italy

13 May 2024

Two quite different pieces of glass designed by Dino Martens (1894-1970) led the April 23 sale at Aste di Antiquariato Boetto (25% buyer’s premium) in Genoa.

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Single-owner Nelson obsession

13 May 2024

A collection of Nelson commemoratives amassed over 30 years includes pieces once owned by the man himself

George Farrow collection

Single owner collection from property entrepreneur comes to south London auction

08 May 2024

A large single-owner collection of 567 lots of art and artefacts from China, the Middle East and Europe, put together over a lifetime, is coming to auction at Roseberys.

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Wash your hands... go on, it won’t bite

06 May 2024

This large silver zoomorphic aquamanile Caquesseitão (a vessel designed for the ceremonial washing of hands at the table) will feature as a highlight of the May sale to be held by Veritas Art Auctioneers in Lisbon.

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Hurrah for a Suffragette vesta case for sale at Derbyshire fair

06 May 2024

A vesta case decorated with a campaigning Suffragette is among the highlights at the Buxton Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair.

The Salon, Geneva

Christie’s offers select items from a group of dealers from London, Paris and Geneva

03 May 2024

Dubbed Three Dealing Dynasties, the sale features nearly 250 works of art collected by three anonymous families of dealers in the UK, France and Switzerland.

De Morgan tile

Group of prime period De Morgan tiles take close to six-figure sum at auction

29 April 2024

The Art & Design post 1880 sale at Duke’s in Dorchester on April 25 included 44 lots of William De Morgan tiles consigned by descendants of Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930), Earl of Balfour and prime minister from 1902-05. He is understood to have bought them directly from De Morgan in Fulham.

Blue plaque for Clarice Cliff

News in brief including a blue plaque for ceramicist Clarice Cliff

29 April 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a blue plaque adorning the Shelton home of ceramicist Clarice Cliff.

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New Zealand welcomes the Great White Fleet

29 April 2024

An auction of traditional European decorative arts at Sotheby’s New York (20/10% buyer’s premium) on April 16 included this New Zealand Arts & Crafts presentation casket.

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Up with the revolution (for porcelain)

29 April 2024

Russian porcelain is still in demand, especially those early Soviet-era pieces from the years following the Revolution.

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Scarce medieval stained glass now sought after

29 April 2024

The March 14 sale at Willow Auction House (25% buyer’s premium) in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, included a New York private collection of leaded and stained-glass panels.

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Tureen dished out the delicacy of turtle soup

29 April 2024

Turtle soup, which first became a delicacy on European tables with the emergence of the West Indies trade in the 18th century, was hugely popular among the elite of American society at the turn of the 20th century.

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Glass and ceramics combo makes a second appearance in West Midlands

29 April 2024

Richard Burtonshaw launched his sold-out Premier Glass Fairs event last year at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge and now he’s back in the Midlands on Sunday, May 12.

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Massier Art Nouveau vase goes bats at auction

29 April 2024

Abell’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Los Angeles on April 17 included a spectacular Art Nouveau vase from the workshop of French ceramicist Clement Massier.

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Flower power: British majolica hits the bigtime in US

29 April 2024

A Copeland vase produced to mark 100 years of American Independence was among the highlights of the second tranche of the Flower collection of majolica.

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