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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Auction explorers locate rare silver pocket watch

06 April 2020

An unusual late Victorian silver pocket watch by Herbert Blockley of London sold for an unexpected £2800 at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Stoke-on- Trent.

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Spring auction brings varied array of Asian art to Lewes along with European treats

06 April 2020

A cross-section of Asian art – Qing porcelain, Meiji Satsuma and Euro-Asiatic ivories – provided the prizes at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) spring sale held in Lewes.

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Linthorpe pottery dish showing how Christopher Dresser looked to Fiji for inspiration sells in Rotherham

06 April 2020

A Linthorpe pottery dish designed for the Middlesbrough pottery by Dr Christopher Dresser sold online well over a £400-600 estimate for £4200 at Paul Beighton (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Rare ‘Brooks slavery ship’ creamware beaker with a dark tale sells at Nottingham auction

06 April 2020

A rare creamware transfer printed and painted beaker offered for sale by Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham told a dark tale.

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Constance Spry wall pockets for flowers rated high by devotees

06 April 2020

Responsible for the flowers at the Queen’s coronation, the society florist Constance Spry (1886-1960) is also credited with the ‘democratisation’ of flower arranging.

Gavin Strang of Lyon and Turnbull

“The longest time I have ever spent on the rostrum” – Lyon & Turnbull’s live online sale delivers results

03 April 2020

Lyon & Turnbull held a remarkably successful sale of Decorative Arts on April 1 – the firm’s first using the ‘live online’ format.

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Timely reminder of Byron in the saleroom

30 March 2020

Association with the name boosts value as part of a sale dedicated to the poet.

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The biggest of bids for the biggest of Staite Murray pots

23 March 2020

The recent sale of Clarice Cliff, Art Deco & Design at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included 27 works by the studio potter William Staite Murray (1881-1962).

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Go With Noakes: Rozenburg collection sold in Dorset

23 March 2020

The collection of Rozenburg pottery and porcelain belonging to the late children’s television presenter John Noakes (1934-2017) was sold at a recent auction in Dorchester.

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Spode service heads to US

23 March 2020

With supply generally exceeding demand for Spode services – such was their abundance on tables of the 19th century middle class – prices at auction remain modest.

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Huge competition for Chinese export plates with Jacobite Highlands scenes

23 March 2020

Among the most recognisable of all the famille rose porcelain designs produced in China for export to Europe are the so-called ‘Scotsmen’ or ‘Highlander’ plates.

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Scott’s tipple: glass jugs with a polar connection

23 March 2020

Among the Antarctic lots in the Travel & Exploration sale at Bonhams, the outstanding result came for a group of three glass jugs with silver lids, rims and, in two cases, hanging labels marked 'Whiskey'.

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Doulton Lambeth frogs and cricketers make for a lively sale

23 March 2020

A c.1880 Doulton Lambeth stoneware tobacco jar and cover was one of the pleasant surprises at a recent David Duggleby (18.75% buyer’s premium) sale in Scarborough.

English creamware pottery mug

18th century creamware mug, Victorian deluxe campaign wardrobe, early electrostatic generator – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

20 March 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an 18th century creamware mug that evokes the hysteria that greeted the Catholic Relief Act of 1778. It sold for over 12-times estimate.

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Ceramics show provides a more accessible Picasso price

16 March 2020

Representing around 25 years of the artist’s output, the ceramic creations of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) represent a popular collecting field.

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The web shop window: A Grand Tour Obelisk

16 March 2020

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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5 Questions: Mark Goodger

16 March 2020

Mark Goodger specialises in antique tea caddies, boxes and other accessories and works of art.

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Le Goût Rothschild for sale in Salisbury

16 March 2020

This pair of 19th century continental silver-gilt figure groups is among the objects from a Rothschild collection to be sold by Woolley & Wallis later this year.

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Dedicated design auctions have become a regular part of the regional saleroom calendar

16 March 2020

From relatively modest beginnings, specialist design sales have become mainstream money-spinners at provincial auctions.

Elizabeth I cup

Elizabethan silver makes rare appearance in German auction

12 March 2020

Elizabethan silver rarely appears at auctions in continental Europe, so an upcoming collection being offered for sale at Koller in Zurich is something of a special occasion.

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