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.


Obituary: Henry George Sandon MBE (1928-2023)

08 January 2024

Henry Sandon, who has died aged 95, was a hugely popular television presenter and a giant in the world of antiques.


Bidders on the alert to spot a Doulton Sentinel

08 January 2024

In the early years of the HN collection in the 1920s several companies commissioned Doulton figures to advertise their products.


The web shop window: temperance movement Staffordshire figures

02 January 2024

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


Previews: issue 2624

02 January 2024

Our selection of lots from nine upcoming auctions.


Micromosaic plaque with maximum decorative effect

02 January 2024

Estimated at $2500-3500, this micromosaic plaque depicting the Rape of Europa hammered for $13,000 (£10,300).


Condiments of the season: mustard pots bonanza in the saleroom

02 January 2024

Single-owner collection forms biggest dispersal of mustard pots at auction for many years


Tiny but with 48 blades — a remarkable exhibition knife

01 January 2024

It was with dazzling exhibition pieces that Joseph Rodgers & Sons made its reputation as Sheffield’s foremost knifemaker.

Henry Sandon

Ceramics expert and the Antiques Roadshow’s ‘favourite uncle’ Henry Sandon dies

28 December 2023

Ceramics specialist and Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon has died aged 95.

Lucie Rie flaring footed porcelain bowl

‘True masterpiece’ bowl brings a new auction high for studio potter Lucie Rie

18 December 2023

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to reach new heights.


Prince’s driving passion for railway building

18 December 2023

By all accounts, the Bulgarian prince and later Tsar Ferdinand I was a passionate railway enthusiast.


Copeland dinner service came from Lowther sale

18 December 2023

There were many massive English country house sales in the 20th century but the largest by volume was the contents sale at Lowther Castle during April, May and June 1947.


Smoking causes healthy results: tobacco related items

18 December 2023

Corporate collection of British American Tobacco includes choice antique items related to the habit

Hans Coper vase

Call for UK museum to buy rare Hans Coper bottle vase owned by Henry Moore

13 December 2023

A bottle vase by the famed studio potter Hans Coper which was owned by the world-renowned sculptor Henry Moore has been blocked from export in the hope a UK institution can raise the £600,000 price tag.


Sale day is May day for this German beaker

11 December 2023

The small German beakers known as monatsbecher (‘month beakers’) were made in sets of a dozen: one for each month of the year.


Strike a little light on Tyneside

11 December 2023

While mustard pots and caddy spoons made up much of the silver smallwork in Anderson & Garland’s (25% buyer’s premium) silver sale on November 28 (see ATG No 2619), it did also contain one notable example of a Dutch miniature.


All features great and small: Dutch silver miniatures dazzle

11 December 2023

Small is considered beautiful in many sectors but increasingly so when it comes to collecting traditional antiques with space often at a premium.


Original Lalique jewellery designs go on show

11 December 2023

A design for a swan-shaped pendant suspended by a gracefully curved neck and bearing a scene of two more swans is among the highlights at an exhibition on the drawings and sketches of René Lalique (1860-1945).

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Top stories this week including a major sleeper as Chinese plaques make 500 times estimate

10 December 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a sleeping ‘imperial poem’ panel of plaques awakened at a New Jersey auction.

Copeland dinner service

Copeland dinner service stars in our pick of five auction highlights

08 December 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a hand painted ornithological dinner service that featured in the famous Lowther Castle sale in 1947.


Yasuyuki masterpiece makes £11,000 in Shropshire

04 December 2023

This silver and enamel vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927), the great master of Japanese cloisonné, sold to an English collector for £11,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium).