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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The tale of a 26-mile walk to buy a bible

14 December 2020

Destined for the now cancelled Towy Events Christmas antiques and fleamarket at the Carmarthen Showground were two rare Welsh plates from the Llanelly Pottery, which Towy Events organiser and dealer Robert Pugh had planned to take.

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Pick of the week: De Morgan’s Frightened Bird flaps to £27,000

07 December 2020

This 14in (36cm) diameter ‘double lustre’ shallow dish or charger by William De Morgan (1839-1917) is decorated in the so-called ‘Frightened Bird’ pattern.

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Hawking a silver vervel at £18,500

07 December 2020

This early 17th century silver vervel or hawking ring includes in italic script Kyng James and the quartered arms of the Stuart kings.

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The toon mark

07 December 2020

Four early pieces of Newcastle plate and a selection of other silver rarities sold at auction this autumn

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Owner history of recusant chalice

07 December 2020

With the defeat of Catholic attempts against the Protestant monarchy in the 17th and 18th centuries, penal laws were imposed in Ireland.

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Lloyd bowl and Beddall service

07 December 2020

Small Britannia standard silver bowls are the signature pieces the Scottish silversmith Michael Lloyd (c.1950).

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Collectors’ transatlantic tastes

07 December 2020

Large slice of Big Apple auction is made up of European items from two consignments.

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Spoons – the great English survivors

07 December 2020

As hugely personal items and of relatively small melt value, spoons represent the great majority of English domestic silver items surviving from the pre-civil war period.

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Stitches in time for the Restoration

07 December 2020

A rare Charles II commemorative silver thimble sold for £980 at Bleasdales (20% buyer’s premium).

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Fairyland vase ghostly in Maryland

07 December 2020

Weschlers’ Capital Collections auction takes place in Rockville, Maryland, on December 11.

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Collection from James and Sophie Perkins' 17th century Grade I country home Aynhoe Park comes to auction at Dreweatts

05 December 2020

A flying giraffe and a triceratops skull may seem unusual inhabitants of a 17th century Grade I Palladian country house but people acquainted with husband and wife James and Sophie Perkins will be familiar with their taste.

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Renewed plea to help find missing Martinware pieces from Ealing council

01 December 2020

A group of Martinware pottery items stolen across two break-ins back in 2005 and 2007 from buildings owned by Ealing Council are still missing but there are hopes some can be recovered.

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Odundo vase achieves record for single work by living potter at Maak auction

30 November 2020

London studio pottery specialist Maak achieved a record £200,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) for this vessel by Madgalene Odundo (b.1950).

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Wingett goes for upmarket upcycling turning scrap into a super Georgian cistern

30 November 2020

In an act of decidedly upmarket upcycling, dealer Simon Wingett of Burton Antiques and his business partner have commissioned a series of casts of a George II wine cistern to be made from scrap.

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Phillips to offer specialist dealer's art pottery

30 November 2020

Art Nouveau-era art pottery from the collection of Jason Jacques, the well-known specialist dealer in this field, will be offered on December 9.

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Our pick of 12 pieces of continental porcelain appearing at auction in December

30 November 2020

A special selection of European continental porcelain coming up in UK auctions and abroad.

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Josef Hoffmann vase is a leading light at Vienna auction

30 November 2020

Items designed by Josef Hoffmann, leading light of the Wiener Werkstӓtte movement, will feature in a sale in Vienna.

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Martinware theft: Ealing bird found

23 November 2020

A missing Martinware bird has been recovered more than 15 years after it was stolen from Southall Library in Ealing, west London.

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Pick of the week: Florence sparkles in Castrucci’s stunning stone carving

23 November 2020

In 1592, the Florentine stone carver Cosimo Castrucci (fl.1576-1602) was called to the imperial court in Prague by Rudolph II.

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5 Questions: Art Deco dealer Matthew Foster

23 November 2020

Matthew Foster’s Art Deco Gallery has traded from Grays Antique Centre for the past four years. Having worked with his parents, Portobello Road market traders in the 1980s, Foster launched his business in 1987 and trades in Art Deco period objets d’art and jewellery. Next month he opens a shop at 11 Cecil Court in central London.

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