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.

Meissen bust of Karl Albrecht, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII

Meissen bust of Holy Roman Emperor sold to Bavarian museum at Bonhams’ auction

15 July 2019

The Bavarian National Museum in Munich has purchased this sculptural bust in white Meissen porcelain of Karl Albrecht, the Elector of Bavaria and also Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII (1697-1745).

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The web shop window: Ice bucket by Piero Fornasetti

15 July 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Orange Pulcini glass bird hits a high

15 July 2019

The classic ‘orange’ Pulcini glass bird is deemed the most common of the five designed by Pianon.

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Wedgwood collection emerges from collector’s fairyland flat

15 July 2019

Visit by auctioneer to a regular auction-goer’s apartment uncovers Wedgwood collection.

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Romantic Russians in figure form

15 July 2019

The Patriotic War of 1812 stirred up powerful feelings of national pride in Russia.

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Glass birds and Mouseman sell in North Yorkshire

15 July 2019

The demand for 1960s Pulcini glass birds made by Alessandro Pianon (1931-64) for the Venetian company Vistosi has spiked in recent months.

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Zoffany drawing and Chelsea mug shine in London Art Week

08 July 2019

A black and white chalk on paper drawing of Jupiter and Antiope by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) was among the highlight sales during London Art Week (LAW).

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Figure stars on Birmingham stage at Art & Antiques for Everyone

08 July 2019

Depiction of actor is one of the more traditional offerings at fair set to broaden its horizons.

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Downsizing of a collection amassed over 15 years results in quality silver on offer

08 July 2019

Combining fine 18th and 19th work by major silversmiths with rarities of scholarly interest, the comprehensively catalogued silver sale at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) appealed to specialists across the market spectrum.

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Big bids from collectors for Moorcroft little and large

01 July 2019

The recent sale of a single-owner collection of Moorcroft pottery by Kingham & Orme in Evesham demonstrated two distinct faces of the Staffordshire factory.

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Pick of the week: Silver pomander from Tudor period sells above predictions at Cirencester auction

01 July 2019

The origin of ‘Tudor’ globe pomanders is still under discussion. It is generally thought that most originate from northern Europe but were probably made by itinerant craftsmen in a number of countries.

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Buyer nets a silver tennis bangle

01 July 2019

This silver tennis bangle, below, triggered a classic singles match at auction.

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ATG letter: Merits of Chester marking

01 July 2019

MADAM – Having made a few appearances in ATG recently, a small silver pepper pot in the form of a Suffragette was eventually auctioned in London at an extraordinary hammer price of £3200 against an estimate of £800-900 [see picture below].

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Dove design wings its way to auction

01 July 2019

Scantily catalogued as a Georgian/Victorian micro-mosaic plaque depicting a dove, a classic example of the pieces produced by Italian craftsmen and beloved by wealthy Britons on the Grand Tour was equally appreciated by bidders at Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Ground hero: mortars from Schwarzach collection impress at Cologne auction

01 July 2019

Cologne auction house Lempertz (24% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale devoted to the Schwarzach Collection of mortars, which is thought to be the most extensive of its type in Europe, if not worldwide.

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Moorcroft in miniature – a microcosm of the art pottery world

01 July 2019

No good library of British art pottery literature is complete without a copy of Paul Atterbury’s 'Moorcroft'. The jacket illustration alone with its myriad tube-lined miniatures in a bewildering range of forms and patterns is particularly memorable. More than one collector has attempted to emulate the beguiling display.

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Strong early sales across London showpiece Masterpiece fair

01 July 2019

A set of three George II silver tea caddies by the famed English silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) was one of the stand-out sales in the opening days of 'Masterpiece London'.

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Surprise result as Fabergé-Stroganov collaboration helps vase to 157-times estimate

01 July 2019

Morphy Auctions’ latest Fine & Decorative Arts sale held in Denver, Pennsylvania included this unusual 7½in (19cm) Russian silver-mounted pottery vase.

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Carved coral Tripani adviser

24 June 2019

Italy – or more specifically Sicily – came up trumps for Stamford auction house Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) in the form of this 4½in (11cm) carved coral and copper-gilt urn and cover.

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Pearlware gallops to BADA event

24 June 2019

A rare 19th century pearlware horse is available to buyers visiting BADA’s inaugural staging of the BADA Collection at 46 Pimlico Road this summer.

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