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.

Lucie Rie bowl

Lucie Rie record broken for fourth time in two years as porcelain bowl takes $170,000 bid

21 December 2016

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to thrive. A new auction high for the doyenne of the British studio pottery movement was posted by Phillips in New York this month– the fourth occasion a record has been set in just two years.

Doccia porcelain dishes

Doccia porcelain dishes sell for £70,000 despite poor condition

17 December 2016

A group of three Doccia porcelain dishes from c.1740-45 sold for £70,000 at a stellar sale at Cheffins in Cambridge.

Wedgwood

Export bar issued for rare Wedgwood vase sold at Christie’s auction

16 December 2016

A temporary export bar has been placed on a rare Wedgwood vase in the hope £482,500 can be raised to keep it in the UK.

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Vesta match cases fire up auction interest at Lawrences in Somerset

14 December 2016

Most collectors have a burning passion. For John and Patricia McKenzie, the items that fired their interest were vesta cases, the small portable boxes made to contain matches and keep them dry.

Henry Van De Velde vase

Form, glaze and rarity lift Van De Velde vase at Oxford auction

08 December 2016

This stoneware vase designed by Henry Van De Velde for Reinhold Hanke was sold at Mallams in Oxford earlier today for £17,000.

Vincennes porcelain jug

Vincennes porcelain jug with royal connection emerges at Bonhams

01 December 2016

This French porcelain hot water jug, or ‘pot à eau’ was made at the Vincennes factory in 1754, probably for the Dauphine Maria Josepha. The mother of King Louis XVI, who was guillotined during the French Revolution, she was an important patron of Vincennes.

The IS silver porringer

Rare Irish silver porringer sold for five times estimate at Sworders’ auction

30 November 2016

A rare and recently rediscovered Irish Commonwealth/Charles II silver porringer sold today for £25,000 – five times its estimate – at Sworders’ auction in Essex.

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Top picks from the Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale at Sotheby’s

23 November 2016

The late Lord & Lady Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale made a hammer total of £2.48m at Sotheby’s yesterday with all 66 lots finding buyers. The collection was formed over 50 years after the couple purchased a £3 souvenir ashtray in 1954.

V&A

The Victoria & Albert Museum unveils 500 objects from its Gilbert Collection

22 November 2016

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries in the Victoria & Albert Museum has re-opened with more than 500 objects on display, free to the public.

Martin Brothers Wally bird

Martin Brothers birds fly into Texas saleroom

15 November 2016

The quirky characterful and very British art pottery created by the late 19th/early 20th century artist potters Wallace, Robert and Edwin Martin is as popular in the US as in its country of origin.

Picasso owl vase

Picasso picked up near Plymouth goes to auction

14 November 2016

Plymouth Auction Rooms made a surprise find on a recent visit to a remote Cornish cottage on the banks of the river Tamar. The auction firm was valuing a mixture of Cornish art and collectables at the address when it came across a Pablo Picasso vase.

Burmese silver bowl

Vendor’s waste paper basket proves to be rare Burmese silver bowl

11 November 2016

A rare late 19th century Burmese silver bowl has come to auction having previously been used by the vendor’s mother as a waste paper basket.

The IS silver porringer

Sworders to offer rediscovered silver rarity

10 November 2016

Only a handful of pieces of Irish secular silver are known to survive from before the Restoration.

Prince of Wales

Mason museum buys rare glass painting of Grand Master

09 November 2016

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry in London has revealed the latest addition to its collection.

Emile Galle Allium floor lamp

‘Unique’ Emile Gallé lamp sells to Florida museum at $260,000

04 November 2016

The Modernism Museum Mount Dora in Florida is the proud new owner of a possibly unique Emile Gallé Allium floor lamp which sold for a hammer price of $260,000 (£167,740) or $310,000 including premium.

Woolley Wallis card case Alfred Taylor of Birmingham

New auction highs for ‘castle-top’ card cases at Salisbury saleroom

03 November 2016

Smashing an auction record is one thing – doing it several times in the same sale is another.

GW

The Presidential Selection: George Washington

31 October 2016

In the run-up to the US election on November 8, Frances Allitt takes a look at the objects previous presidents borrowed, bought – and sometimes broke.

Dr Sibley’s Solar Tincture bottle

Bottled-up demand for medicine that ‘restores life’ – auction record set for rare Victorian flask

28 October 2016

A new record for an empty English medicine bottle was set by BBR Auctions in Elsecar, North Yorkshire when a Victorian flask of ‘Dr Sibley’s Solar Tincture’ took £8200.

Wedgwood fairyland lustre vase

Wedgwood vase adds lustre to auction in Scotland

20 October 2016

At just over 17in (42cm) high, the 1920s Wedgwood vase (shape 2465) is among the largest produced in the Fairyland Lustre range.

Coalport vase

Bonhams to offer largest Coalport vase ever produced

19 October 2016

Coalport porcelain, like that produced at Derby, is renowned for its quality and decoration, drawing inspiration from work produced at the celebrated Sèvres factory.

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19 Jan 2017 - 10:00 AM
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19 Jan 2017 - 10:00 AM
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