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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Potlids cover themselves in glory to nearly sell out

10 December 2018

It is 40 years since 19th century potlids were the collectables of choice but there is still a very active market for them.

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Silver show is history lesson at Cotswolds fair

10 December 2018

Keith Richards Antiques brings a selection of early 20th century silver modelled on historic pieces to the first 2019 staging of The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School.

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'Gilets jaunes' rioting in Paris caused mayhem but auction results remain solid this autumn

05 December 2018

With the Paris 'Temps Forts' high season now under way in the salerooms as riots rage in the streets, the temporary closure of some businesses did not put off bidders and buyers in the French capital.

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Collectors tips from Serhat Ahmet: Meissen porcelain in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods

04 December 2018

Tips on how to spot and understand Art Nouveau and Art Deco Meissen porcelain was the focus of a recent BADA Friends event with Serhat Ahmet, a second-generation dealer in fine European porcelain.

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Super silver-gilt Storr candelabra leads Bonhams’ Important Design auction

03 December 2018

A pair of William IV candelabra from the Pembroke service led Bonhams’ Important Design: 500 Years of Fine Decorative Arts sale on November 21, selling at £190,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Previews: £30,000 plus

03 December 2018

Believed to be unique, this grimacing stoneware dog jar and lid from the Martin Brothers pottery is up for auction at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis on December 12.

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ATG letter: Does anyone recognise this medal?

03 December 2018

MADAM – Here is a medal whose origin I can’t figure out (above). It was found in northern Norway.

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Vibrant French ceramics at Whitford Fine Art

03 December 2018

Jean Lurçat’s 'Sun Dancer', c.1955, is from a range of vibrant ceramics that the French artist produced during the 1950s, many of which are now on offer in Whitford Fine Art’s exhibition Poetry in Motion.

ATG letter: Sticky labels can damage Staffordshire figures

03 December 2018

MADAM – Re: letters in ATG about sticky labels.

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Barlow makes roos headlines

03 December 2018

Among the most desirable of all Royal Doulton Lambeth productions are those depicting scenes of flora and fauna from Australasia.

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Silver and glass menagerie – First bite of extensive collection of animal decanters sells at Essex auction house

26 November 2018

One half of an extensive single-owner collection of novelty Victorian and Edwardian silver and glass animal objects went under the hammer at Reeman Dansie’s two-day sale in Colchester last week.

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Pick of the Week: Lalique buckle is auction belter at Tennants

26 November 2018

An unusual belt buckle by the Parisian jeweller and glass maker René Lalique which had been worn by the vendor throughout her nursing career has sold for £19,000 at a North Yorkshire auction.

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Norwich bidders eager for beaker

26 November 2018

An English provincial rarity, the 3½in (9cm) tall, c.1688 Norwich beaker below was a target for collectors at Henry Adams (20% buyer’s premium) of Chichester.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game

26 November 2018

MADAM – I write this letter with three separate hats on but, in all three cases, addressed for the attention or our many auction houses.

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Forres silver reaches high point at Thomson Roddick sale

26 November 2018

Rare as Forres silver is, three pieces by the Highland town’s smiths John and Patrick Riach were on offer at Edinburgh auction house Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) on October 11 – the fiddle pattern dessert spoon, below, and two characteristic Scottish toddy labels.

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Guild edged Arts & Crafts at Stacey’s auction

26 November 2018

This classical Guild of Handicrafts bowl, below, underlined the popularity of Arts & Crafts silver when offered by Essex auction house Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Life’s a picnic in Cambridge as Garrard & Co cases come to auction

26 November 2018

Catalogued as a ‘travelling ensemble’ these two oak fitted cases of silver tableware, below, conjure up images of lavish inter-war era picnics.

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Silver sells as a Malteser pleaser

26 November 2018

Despite its size and various eras of occupation, Malta sustained a vibrant silver and gold-working tradition across several centuries.

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Salvaged shipwreck items create a niche dealing field at Ally Pally

26 November 2018

IACF is expecting a buoyant antique and collectors’ fair at Alexandra Palace on Sunday, December 2, including items sourced from shipwrecks.

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Commonwealth crackers pair up

26 November 2018

This pair of Commonwealth silver plates, London 1645, bear the contemporaneous arms of the Puritan Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-75).

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