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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Extensive single owner Stuart Devlin silver collection comes to Catherine Southon auction

15 August 2018

In our recent ATG jewellery feature we wrote about how the death of silver designer Stuart Devlin earlier this year and a book he published just beforehand could lead to a reappraisal of his work. When it comes to auctions, a very good market test is coming up soon.

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Pick of the Week: Crane leaves them wanting Maw

13 August 2018

The Shropshire pottery, Maw & Co of Jackfield, is best known for the mass production of earthenware tiles and architectural ceramics.

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Saleroom revved up for Lalique mascots

13 August 2018

An extensive collection of René Lalique ‘mascots’ amassed by a collector and dealer who wrote a book on the subject is coming up at auction in East Sussex.

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Mug shows trouble at the mill in 1878

13 August 2018

Riots broke out in Bury and Blackburn in May 1878 as cotton mill workers protested their low wages. The initially peaceful action escalated as employees attacked the factory and local constabulary, eventually looting and destroying the mill owner’s house.

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Another glass act from the Bishops fair organising duo

13 August 2018

Organisers launch new fair in Suffolk after long-standing event had to be abandoned.

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A travelling passport for Martinware birds

13 August 2018

Gloucestershire-based British art pottery dealer Alison Davey of AD Antiques has created a series of ‘passports’ for Martin Brothers’ birds.

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Ceramics and glass collection leads inaugural sale at new Australian auction house Gibson's

08 August 2018

The collection of a man described as “a passionate supporter of the decorative arts” will feature in the inaugural sale at a new Melbourne saleroom.

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Lalique mascots collection amassed by author Geoffrey G Weiner up at auction in Lewes

07 August 2018

René Lalique has been dubbed the most celebrated glassmaker in the world by 1925 at the height of the Art Deco era, and among the vast range of his wares so much is available for collectors to concentrate on.

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ATG letter: Got an early Grayson Perry?

06 August 2018

MADAM – Have ATG readers got a Grayson Perry pot or plate from the 1980s lurking in their living rooms? If they have, then the Holburne Museum in Bath wants to hear from them.

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ATG letter: Outsize tongs, egg lifters and expert ding-dongs

06 August 2018

MADAM – I was interested to see the picture of ‘outsize tongs’ considered to vegetable tongs or salad servers from a recent Adam’s sale in Dublin (ATG No 2352, page 21).

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Meissen teapot among top sales at 'A Collectors’ Paradise'

06 August 2018

This early Meissen teapot and cover was among the stand-out sales at the joint selling exhibition 'A Collectors’ Paradise' held at Brian Haughton Gallery in St James’s.

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5 key details about this rare Scottish silver ‘argyll’

02 August 2018

A rare George III argyll (or gravy warmer) will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh this month. Despite the associations with the Dukes of Argyll, only two Scottish silver vessels are recorded.

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Dealer launches passport project to identify Martin Brothers Birds

02 August 2018

A Gloucestershire pottery dealer has launched a line of individual passports for Martin Brothers’ pottery “Wally Birds” to help owners record the histories of these widely coveted objects.

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Reward offered for return of £1m worth of antiques and jewellery following raid on Gloucestershire home of biotech tycoon

01 August 2018

British biotech entrepreneur Sir Christopher Evans has offered a “substantial reward” to help recover £1m worth of antiques, jewellery and silver stolen in a raid on his home in Gloucestershire.

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Pick of the Week: Tinworth designs a squeaking clock

28 July 2018

Amusing animals assuming human characteristics are not just for social media. The anthropomorphic figure groups modelled by George Tinworth (1843-1913) for the Doulton Lambeth factory rank among the best of all Victorian art pottery.

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Heimixen tiles take flight in Cotswolds

23 July 2018

This set of three tubeline tiles featuring polychrome birds in a grassland setting, is one of the many pieces on offer at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School.

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Feeling beastly in the Netherlands and Germany

23 July 2018

The so-called auricular style – all organic fluid lines and asymmetrical shapes populated by marine invertebrates and reptiles – can first be found in the 1598 ornament book of Northern Mannerism, Architectura…, by Wendel Dietterlin of Stuttgart.

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Top quality counts in Dorchester auction

23 July 2018

While good-quality but familiar Georgian silver such as entrée dishes, tureens and sauceboats estimated in the £6000-12,000 range met stiff resistance at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) on June 28, two top-quality pieces made their money.

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Candlesticks by Coker and Cafe light up sales in Cambridge and Lewes

23 July 2018

Pairs of Georgian candlesticks by the best-known London specialist makers such as William Cafe and Ebenezer Coker continue to sell well enough, as long as condition is acceptable.

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Buyers on the scent of Chiswick Auctions silver

23 July 2018

This novelty silver scent bottle, below, appealing to two niche sections largely immune to the swings of the larger silver market, was a target for collectors when offered at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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