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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Volkstedt porcelain figures offered at Schloss Ahlden

19 November 2018

In 1921, the opening of the spring trade fair in Leipzig was accompanied by inauguration of the socalled Porzellan Palais.

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Brooches designed by Josef Hoffmann emerge at Vienna sale

19 November 2018

A number of works designed by some of the biggest names in the Wiener Werkstatte association are to be offered in the Jugendstil auction at Dorotheum on December 12. Among them are two brooches designed by Josef Hoffmann.

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Box clever: Five boxes coming up at auction this month

16 November 2018

Whether you are a collector of silver boxes or cigarette cases, a variety of shapes and sizes are on offer at auction. Here is a selection coming up at auction next week.

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Porcelain specialist retires after more than 50 years of trade

15 November 2018

Well-known English porcelain specialist Simon Spero is retiring after a professional career lasting 54 years.

A marquetry commode by Emile Gallé

‘Japonisme’: 7 lots from Christie’s themed sale showing Japanese influence on Western art

12 November 2018

It is 150 years since the beginning of the Meiji era in Japan and 160 since the country finally opened up to foreign trading after years of isolation.

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Colonial silver portable altarpiece consigned to San Sebastian sale

12 November 2018

Anteo Subastas in San Sebastian, Spain, is offering an example of a Mexican colonial silver devotional altarpiece in its next auction on November 28.

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Jiajing armorial dish emerges at Portuguese auction

12 November 2018

Veritas will offer a Jiajing armorial dish (c.1530-50) in its next auction in Lisbon on November 27-29.

Martin Brothers pottery at Phillips auction

The bird, the crab, the clock, the lawyer – four rare pieces of Martin Brothers pottery on view in London ahead of Phillips’ New York sale

07 November 2018

An awesome foursome of Martin Brothers figures are on show in London this week at a public viewing being held at auction house Phillips ahead of the sale of the works in New York next month.

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Ewenny work takes £5500

05 November 2018

A pottery has stood in the Welsh village of Ewenny for five centuries but the collecting market tends to focus on those pieces produced under the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement in the late 19th century.

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Break-out price from Mafeking siege case

05 November 2018

A German silver cigarette case, sold for £4600 at C&T Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) in Tunbridge Wells on October 24, was engraved with a detailed scene from the Siege of Mafeking – the famous Boer War defence of a small town commanded by Robert Baden-Powell.

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5 Questions: Tony Horsley

05 November 2018

Tony Horsley specialises in English porcelain and pottery and is among those exhibiting at the next edition of Art & Antiques for Everyone (November 15-18).

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Auctions in Ireland and Staffordshire show enduring appeal of the ‘country house’ format

05 November 2018

“It was a great deal of work,” said Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium) managing director James O’Halloran of the operation involving the removal of 700 lots – including the ‘Armada Table’ and other massive pieces – to the Drogheda stately home venue of Townley Hall for sale.

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Fresh partnership kicks off with York sale of Soame Jenyns' Oriental group

29 October 2018

Bigger and better sales for Midlands and Surrey auctioneers and a successful debut auction for the new York venture Duggleby Stephenson (17.5% buyer’s premium) made for an encouraging start to autumn.

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Flagon leads a silver selection

29 October 2018

Heading the 800 lots of silver which opened the three-day sale at Lawrences (22% buyer’s premium) in Crewkerne was a 11¼in (28.5cm) tall flagon by Thomas Walker, Dublin, c.1750-60.

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The count rides into auction yet again

29 October 2018

The appearance of the 19th century Meissen figure based on Kaendler’s original Count Bruhl’s Tailor begins to bring to mind Monty Python’s Green Knight as he rides undaunted into UK auctions despite his increasingly battered state.

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Sotheby’s expands into interior design market with relaunch of retail website

24 October 2018

Viyet, a website selling interior design objects, vintage and antique furniture which auction house Sotheby’s bought earlier this year, has been relaunched as Sotheby’s Home.

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Sales in France: Paris – Christie’s

22 October 2018

The multi-talented Deco designer and artist Jean Dunand (1877-1942) is one of the names celebrated in Christie’s selected design sale in Paris on November 14 with around 20 pieces in different media.

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Terrific tazza at Gloucestershire auction

22 October 2018

Nine centuries after it first became a thriving art form, Limoges enamel ware remains a popular choice as evidenced by a tazza offered by Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Letters from Japan by 'father of studio pottery' Bernard Leach sell at Somerset auction to a Surrey museum

18 October 2018

An archive of letters by leading studio pottery maker Bernard Leach (1887-1979) has been bought at auction by a museum which holds the largest collection of his material in the country.

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Antique ceramics dealers join forces to relaunch New York fair

16 October 2018

Dealers have joined forces to relaunch The New York Antique Ceramics Fair with a traditional focus after the annual event was cancelled earlier this year.

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