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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Post box alert as thieves strike in Suffolk and Norfolk

26 January 2022

Royal Mail is on alert after a number of post boxes were stolen in Suffolk and Norfolk in recent weeks with a fear they are being sold online.

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Fine Art Society promotes studio potter Waistel Cooper

17 January 2022

The first half of a single-owner collection of more than 100 works by British studio potter Waistel Cooper (1921-2003) is on offer at the Fine Art Society.

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Asian art: A new frontier as Vietnamese market opens up

17 January 2022

Multi-estimate bidding is no longer just the preserve of Chinese works of art. During the recent Asian art sales, Vietnamese market objects excelled.

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Exceptional examples of Victorian metalwork come to the fore at David Lay

17 January 2022

Christopher Dresser created a number of daring geometric designs for silver and silver-plated toast racks in the late 1870s and early 1880s, both for Hukin & Heath and for James Dixon & Son.

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Waistel Cooper could join pottery elite

17 January 2022

Gallery hopes single-owner collection shows will boost profile of a prodigious talent

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Dish collected by porcelain obsessive Augustus the Strong brings bidding at Lyon & Turnbull

17 January 2022

The scene on this 19in (43cm) Yongzheng famille rose dish depicts the Daoist immortal Magu on her way to celebrate the famous peach banquet of the Queen Mother of the West, Xi Wang Mu, who rules over the garden of the peaches of longevity.

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5 Questions: Barney James of The Home Bothy

17 January 2022

Decorative dealer Barney James of The Home Bothy stands at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea from January 25-30.

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Finding the right combination in Dorset

10 January 2022

Brass and steel ‘combination’ or ‘puzzle’ boxes enjoyed a vogue in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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Twin research resources launch online from The Goldsmiths' Company and Cotton regional furniture archive

10 January 2022

New online databases for extensive archive material of two core disciplines in the antiques trade have been launched.

Trefid spoon

A rare silver souvenir of the 1684 frost fair

10 January 2022

Eight frost fairs were held on the Thames between 1607-1814, taking advantage of the firm ice that formed on the river as it flowed slowly in the shallows near the old London Bridge.

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Boxers fight their way to the top price level

10 January 2022

Rarely do 19th century Staffordshire figures feature among the top-selling lots at auction these days but two bare-fist boxing champions did just that.

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Bottle buyer feeling blue but happy

10 January 2022

In natural light this English ‘black glass’ onion form wine bottle appears distinctly blue.

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Studio ceramics show post-Driscoll sale positivity

10 January 2022

The full fall-out from the record-breaking Dr John P Driscoll sale of British studio ceramics is yet to be understood.

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News In Brief – including news of Hepworth Wakefield buying a work by Magdalene Odundo

10 January 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including news that Hepworth Wakefield bought a work by studio potter Magdalene Odundo.

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Castle keeps auctions interest going

10 January 2022

Further lots from ancient country seat star alongside a stellar specialist collection.

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London candlesticks on offer in Pennsylvania

10 January 2022

Pook & Pook will hold a wide-ranging Americana and International auction on January 13-14 in Downington, Pennsylvania.

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Enter Wain’s world: after you watch the movie, buy the art

06 January 2022

Artist Louis Wain (1860-1939) is currently being portrayed on the big screen by actor Benedict Cumberbatch with Claire Foy playing his wife in 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain'.

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Museum given rare Scottish silver trio

03 January 2022

National Museums Scotland has acquired a trio of exceptionally rare Scottish silver objects created in the 1600s from the collection of Edinburgh jeweller Ron (1946-2012) and Rosemary Haggarty.

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Collecting couple who revived the ‘unfashionable’ Victorian market

03 January 2022

Rose and Gallichan sale reflects pioneering spirit of a duo fascinated by late 19th century design.

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The quality Aynsley appeal

03 January 2022

The Aynsley factory’s reputation for good quality, unadventurous bone china tea and coffee wares made it the safe choice for many British households.

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