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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International relationship as German dealer stages show in Paris

02 September 2019

Galerie Neuse, the German dealership based in Bremen, will be in Paris during the second half of September setting up at the Paris Galerie Aveline where it is presenting an exhibition titled 'L’Apothéose du Génie' from September 11-28.

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Frog salt cellars leap to great result Down Under

02 September 2019

Many of the high prices achieved at last week’s ‘celebrity’ sale titled Bob Hawke & Blanche d’Alpuget: Mementos, Curiosities, Art and Design reflected the impact of souvenir hunters, anxious to own a reminder of Australia’s former prime minister who died earlier this year. But not all of them.

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Pick of the week: American saleroom signals the way to English creamware

26 August 2019

Some of the rarest and most desirable of all English creamware jugs were those made for the American market. One of them, titled Signals at Portland Observatory, sold for $4400/£3600 (plus premium) at the Bourgeault-Horan auction in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Collector snaps up best of Charlotte Rhead

26 August 2019

‘One-of-a-kind’ tubelined charger by Staffordshire ceramicist brings £3300 on local soil.

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Time travellers touch down in south London

26 August 2019

Highlights at Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium) brought more than the usual sense of trans-centuries time travel experienced at such auctions of 500 disparate lots.

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How ‘duty dodgers’ can pay their way at auction today

26 August 2019

The term ‘duty dodgers’ is applied to pieces that were not sent for assay during the period 1720-58 when a steep tax was placed on silver. Silversmiths had a variety of methods of escaping this tax – including transposing marks from small articles to large or overstriking marks from older pieces.

Silver auction previews: including a George V bowl modelled on the Winchester measure

26 August 2019

A selection of silver lots coming up in the salerooms.

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Lalique bowl with Mistletoe decoration heads to Kansas auction

26 August 2019

A 9in (22cm) high Lalique clear and green glass bowl in the Gui (Mistletoe) pattern will feature in the sale to be held by Woody Auction in Douglass, Kansas, on September 7.

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Tennants appoints new silver specialist

26 August 2019

Jeffrey Lassaline has joined Tennants as silver and objects of vertu specialist.

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Power of Scotland – spotlight on British silver produced north of the border

26 August 2019

Of the 24 silversmiths known to have worked in the Aberdeenshire town of Banff from the 17th century until the trade died out in the mid-1800s, William Scott the Elder is the first whose name is recorded.

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Silver hammer highlights: including a table snuff box with an Indian Mutiny connection

26 August 2019

A selection of stand-out auction results for silver in recent sales.

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The brief history of Australian hallmarking

26 August 2019

It was decades after the First Fleet landed in Sydney cove in 1788 before anything like a recognisable silver trade developed in Australia, writes Jolyon Warwick James.

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De Morgan Foundation goes digital with new initiative to attract a wider audience for artists work

20 August 2019

The De Morgan Foundation is launching a series of initiatives to bring the works of Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) and her husband William (1839-1917) to a wider audience.

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The risqué side of Russia

19 August 2019

Although catalogued as ‘Continental’, this mid-19th century porcelain figure of a seated semi-nude ballet dancer below carries impressed marks for the factory established by the English entrepreneur Francis Gardner in the town of Verbilki near Moscow in 1766.

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The web shop window: English silver-plated student lamps

19 August 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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Big money for Russian bronze

19 August 2019

Not always predicted but overwhelming when it comes, big-money Russian interest sent a bronze equine group soaring at Dawson’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead.

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Thin Man spotted in sizeable lot

19 August 2019

In this group of predominantly Victorian ceramics beloware two 18th century pieces: a typical polychrome delft plate of modest value and a far more commercial early English toby jug.

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5 Questions: Michael Wilson of Highland Antiques

19 August 2019

Michael Wilson of Highland Antiques in Aberdeen specialises in rare and collectable antique silver.

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Sully surfaces for a £17,000 sale

19 August 2019

Clock produced by Englishman influential in French horology impresses in Norfolk auction.

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Pick of the week: Sale supplies simple bear accessory of life as Doulton Lambeth discovery found among the weeds

12 August 2019

When auctioneer Tony Pratt spotted a mysterious shape in the undergrowth of a back garden in Hythe he wasn’t expecting to uncover a very large pottery bear.

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