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.

Laquer snuff box

Cheshire Police warn antiques dealers to be vigilant following theft

11 April 2023

Police are warning antiques dealers to be vigilant following the theft of two silver items and a lacquered snuff box.


Arts & Crafts: Known to be useful and believed to be beautiful

10 April 2023

ATG considers the impact of the Arts & Crafts movement


Cricket dish catches £4400

10 April 2023

By far the most desirable wares from the Goodwin & Harris ‘Metropolitan Scenery’ series of blue and white transfer printed earthenwares are those featuring cricketers in the grounds of Windsor Great Park.


The baker’s guild jug: Bergen peg tankard brings £11,200

10 April 2023

The name ‘peg tankard’ is derived from the vertical row of pegs inside that can be used to measure the amount of alcohol drunk as the tankard was passed around the table. The form, made in wood and in silver, was particularly prevalent in Scandinavia.


Flight’s pride in family porcelain connection

10 April 2023

The Collections sale at Bonhams (27.5% buyer’s premium) in London on March 21 included more than 70 lots of Regency porcelain from the collection of the Conservative party politician Howard Emerson Flight.


Arts & Crafts previews including a single-owner collection at Catherine Southon

10 April 2023

A round-up of Arts & Crafts pieces coming up at auction.

Sèvres coffee can

Porcelain and Cartier serves up gems in Krehbiel collection auction

10 April 2023

There was plenty of choice for ceramics collectors at the Krehbiel collection sale.


Blue John beloved of Boulton

10 April 2023

This George III blue john vase standing 14in (14cm) high on a square marble base was probably turned and carved by the Derby marble mason Richard Brown for Matthew Boulton.

Punch bowl

Hyde Park's 18th century punch bowls were Beggars belief

10 April 2023

Objects associated with the infamous 18th century ‘Beggars Bennison’ society command a certain appeal.

Ceramic melon

The strong appetite at auction for Lady Anne Gordon’s ceramics

10 April 2023

Ceramic works by the late Lady Anne Gordon, Dowager Marchioness of Aberdeen (1924-2007) are becoming a favourite with a new generation of collectors and decorators.


Heavyweight bids for feather picture

10 April 2023

Feather ‘mosaic’ pictures made in Mexico for Christian conquerors are among the most remarkable objects from 16th century Mesoamerica.


Kinghams marks 150 years since the founding of Martin Brothers pottery with special exhibition

03 April 2023

ATG made a visit to Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds for Kinghams Auctioneers’ Martinware show


Wedgwood lights up Freeman’s sale of the Rubin Collection

03 April 2023

American couple amassed an extensive collection from the famous English factory


Electrotype tankard copied from ivory original sells in Scotland

03 April 2023

This 12in (30cm) high gilt-copper electrotype tankard by Elkington of Birmingham copies an 17th century ivory tankard with silver mounts.

Christie’s decorative arts sale

Christie’s relaunches decorative arts sales series

28 March 2023

Christie’s has relaunched its biannual auction series of decorative arts sales to run concurrently online in three cities: London, New York and Paris.

George III silver wine jug

The jug that jogs the memory: pair to wine jug found and then sold at same Yorkshire auction house

27 March 2023

The George III silver wine jug sold by Tennants in Leyburn in March is the exact pair to another the auction house offered on behalf of a different vendor two years ago.

Moorcroft vase

Pick of the week: Austere Moorcroft catches the eye

27 March 2023

The series of relatively austere wares made by Moorcroft in the 1930s are, today at least, not the factory’s most commercial designs.

Lucie Rie bowl

Lucie Rie bowl given to her cleaning lady is among five lots to watch this week

27 March 2023

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up at auction.

Maurice Lambert panel

Ocean liner Art Deco relief surfaces in saleroom

27 March 2023

When RMS Queen Mary was launched in 1934 it was not only at the cutting edge of technology but also featured some of the grandest interior designs ever seen aboard an ocean liner.


Art reunited: two pairs of historical coincidences brought together at TEFAF

27 March 2023

A still-life and the vessel it depicts showed up at the same Maastricht fair unexpectedly this year, as did a painting and its study