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.

London Silver Vaults

Silver Vaults to remain but Koopman plans Mayfair move

22 March 2021

The future of The London Silver Vaults on Chancery Lane is secure thanks to a new landlord but long-time resident Koopman Rare Art is leaving for Mayfair.

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Panels treated as an investment

22 March 2021

Stained glass windows by Morris, Marshall and Faulkner impress at auction

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Churchill puts his feet up, has a smoke and a drink

22 March 2021

British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill memorabilia in the form of slippers, brandy balloon and cigar box.

Martin Bros shop model

Richard Dennis anniversary sale at Kinghams

22 March 2021

An auction titled Richard Dennis: 50 Years Promoting British Ceramics (1971-2021) will be held next month.

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Sèvres plate with portrait of the artist Annibale Carracci offered in Bordeaux

22 March 2021

This 9¼in (23.5cm) diameter Sèvres porcelain plate is painted en grisaille with a portrait of the artist Annibale Carracci within borders of chrome green and gilt laurel and oak leaves, fleur de lys, palmettes and florets.

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Porcelain table service with just the 248 pieces

22 March 2021

No fewer than 248 pieces feature in this grand Paris porcelain table service painted with floral reserves on a green and gilt border and central flowersprays.

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Sèvres gift from Napoleon’s empress offered at Fontainbleau auction

15 March 2021

Osenat is holding one of its periodic sales titled L’Empire à Fontainbleau in its Fontainebleau saleroom on March 22.

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Silver in the spring: Fourteen upcoming lots in the next two months

15 March 2021

A number of key sales for dealers and collectors of antique silver were postponed earlier this year. However, plenty is on offer this month and with lockdown in England set to recede, April features a bumper crop

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Dublin corkscrews and wine ewers draw strong competition at Adam’s

15 March 2021

Georgian silver bow corkscrews by Dublin makers are rare beasts and appeal to both silver collectors and helixophiles.

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Talk of the London taverns as silver wares get snapped by dealers

15 March 2021

A recent sale at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale in Maidenhead included two George IV tablewares by Edward Farrell chased and embossed with tavern scenes in the manner of Dutch genre painting.

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The 1970s new wave of ceramics flows to Wiltshire

15 March 2021

British Studio Ceramic is Messums Wiltshire’s third annual show.

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Christening bowl for a Carnegie sells in Hampshire

15 March 2021

A late 19th century christening bowl offered by Hampshire auction house Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) was admired both for its artistry and ownership history.

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Tea served by Regency stars

15 March 2021

This Neo-classical silver tea service combines the talents of two giants of the Regency era.

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Snuff box bidding battle in York

15 March 2021

This George III silver table snuff box by Phipps and Robinson, London 1814, is engraved to the cover with a plan of the battle of Talavera in the Peninsular War.

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Beast from the East Midlands

15 March 2021

This Victorian silver and enamel cigarette box is decorated to the lid with humorous scene from John Surtees’ Jorrocks, Jaunts and Jollities.

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Work of ‘modern day Grinling Gibbons’

15 March 2021

This late Victorian carved lime and soft wood panel is by James Peake (c.1839-1918), a carver and gilder.

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Great novelty value at Bellmans

15 March 2021

The sale at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, on March 8-11 included an example of Alexander Crichton’s famous walrus silver and glass claret jug.

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Silver: Sale in Devon hots up with a Charles II brazier

15 March 2021

Bolstered by a strong melt price of over £15 an ounce, domestic silver hollowwares and flatwares are selling strongly. However, it is the pieces of collectable value – novelties, provincial rarities and the work of the best Georgian, Regency and Victorian smiths – that continue to perform best in the market

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Russian imperial plate shows guards on duty

15 March 2021

Included in Cottone Auctions’ March 27 sale in Geneseo, New York, this Russian imperial plate dates from the reign of Tsar Nicholas II.

Silver tea service

Neo-classical tea service stars in our latest pick of six auction highlights

12 March 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a silver tea service made by two giants of the Regency era.

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