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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Pick of the week: Bidders take rare chance to dine with Pugin and Minton

27 June 2022

Two plates from a Minton dinner service designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) for his personal use appeared for sale in Derbyshire last week.

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Decision to use Oxfordshire house for viewing pays off with some strong results

27 June 2022

The tills are ringing once more at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium). Under the ownership of the Gurr Johns group, the Newbury firm sold by Stanley Gibbons for £1.25m in 2017 has received a welcome shot in the arm.

Paul Reeves

Hints on Household Taste: Interior designer and antiques dealer to sell collection at auction

22 June 2022

Collector, interior designer and antiques dealer Paul Reeves is selling more than 300 items from his stock and collection at auction this month.

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Deruta portrait plate offered in Paris

20 June 2022

This Italian maiolica plate painted with a profile portrait of man and an inscribed scrolling ribbon comes from Deruta and dates from the early 16th century.

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Delftware acquired by US dealer couple offered in Pennsylvania auction

20 June 2022

Pook & Pook of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, is to offer works from the estate of Mark and Marjorie Allen, antiques dealers from New Hampshire, over two days on June 30 and July 1.

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Staffordshire pottery: Creators fired up by their beliefs

20 June 2022

Grisly figures burning at the stake reflected religious background of Staffordshire potters

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Record price set for a Louis Wain ceramic cat at Kinghams

20 June 2022

In June 2008, Canterbury Auction Galleries claimed a record price for a Louis Wain ceramic when a version of the 11in (28cm) Futurist Cat in blue with Amphora factory marks sold at £8200.

Birdie Fortescue’s home

Cheffins teams up with interior designer Birdie Fortescue for upcoming auction

16 June 2022

Auction house Cheffins has worked with Birdie Fortescue, who runs her own homewares brand, to show how antiques can work in any home.

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First part of the Givenchy sale at Christie’s Paris an 'historic night for decorative arts'

15 June 2022

The first in a series of auctions of items from two homes of the late fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy was a white glove affair

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Medals: not just for the military

13 June 2022

Spotlight on honours sold recently includes courageous lifesavers from civilian backgrounds.

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Previews: Design

13 June 2022

Stand-out lots on offer in upcoming summer auctions and from dealers.

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Previews: Jewellery, watches and silver

13 June 2022

A look ahead to auction house and dealer highlights this summer.

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Previews: Ceramics

13 June 2022

Ceramics selection coming up at auction this summer.

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York teapot served up in Harrogate

06 June 2022

Highland Antiques brings a 19th century silver teapot from York to the second Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair of the year.

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Porcelain displays skills of a Polish master

06 June 2022

This Vienna porcelain tea bowl and saucer from the 1720s is painted en camaieu by Ignaz Preissler (1676-1741).

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Still a demand for coal after all

06 June 2022

Simple white Wiener Werkstätte boxes epitomise fine design offered at trio of sales

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Porcelain plaque inspired by Hofmann

06 June 2022

Twenty-five finely decorated porcelain plaques, several from the legacy of a German aristocratic family, are being sold at auction.

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Gang of three and four-figure results

06 June 2022

The Our Gang range of Second World War ‘types’ were designed for the Bovey Pottery Company by architect Fenton Wyness (1903-74) and modelled by artist Gwynneth Holt (1909-95). Both were based in Aberdeen in the 1940s.

Silver-gilt and porcelain cutlery set

Pick of the week: Tuck into a Meissen and Augsburg treat

30 May 2022

From the very beginning, the Meissen factory sought close trade relations with the Augsburg goldsmiths.

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The Wight man for William and Mary

30 May 2022

Isle of Wight antiques dealer Kevin Morris specialises in pottery including early English delftware and Italian maiolica.

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