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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Pick of the week: Pilkington’s pride of place

15 October 2018

A private collection of more than 30 pieces of Pilkington’s Lancastrian lustre excelled when offered at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on October 10.

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Silver from a Melbourne founder

15 October 2018

Presented to Captain William Lonsdale (1799-1864) in 1842 by the people of Melbourne in recognition of his services to the founding colony, the Lonsdale Silver Presentation has remained in his descendants’ care for 176 years.

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Where to be: Five places to find luxury items this month

12 October 2018

From wine and whisky to handbags and Hermés scarves, luxury auctions can be a chance to indulge in something extra special – sometimes at affordable prices. A series of sales across the UK this month look likely to have buyers bidding on choice pieces, with a few a little out of the ordinary.

Carlton Ware

Five Carlton Ware Art Deco designs to dazzle at auction

11 October 2018

More than 50 lots of colourful Carlton Ware Art Deco pottery are up for sale in Salisbury next week.

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Studio pottery – UK regional salerooms are filling a market gap

08 October 2018

If the work of the best modern and contemporary artists is typically confined to a small coterie of London auctioneers, then the same cannot be said of the best modern and contemporary ceramics.

Auction preview selection

What to buy: Five auctions to watch this week (October 8-14 2018)

08 October 2018

From studio pottery in Macclesfield to jewellery in Birmingham, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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The studio pottery movement: a timeline

08 October 2018

ATG's timeline of the studio pottery movement from Paul Gauguin's early productions to the major sales taking place in 2017-18.

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Galleries nurture talents and display work of the next generation

08 October 2018

In 1997, the year Kate Malone (b.1959) graduated from the Royal College of Arts, Knightsbridge-based Adrian Sassoon showed her work at The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar.

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Clay designs with golden touch

08 October 2018

The new catalogue White Gold, produced by Brian Haughton and colleague Paul Crane, includes the fine 18th and 19th century material for which Haughton has made his worldwide reputation.

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Paul Storr silver tureen offered at Cologne auction

08 October 2018

From the very beginning of his career as an independent silversmith in the late 18th century, the London craftsman Paul Storr received numerous noble and royal commissions. He was the foremost artisan in his field from the early 1790s until the late 1830s and supplied most of the silverware purchased by the royal household during this period.

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Moon jars inspire artist Michel François

08 October 2018

Born in Paris, now based in Falmouth, Michel François trained as a sculptor but switched to ceramics, becoming artist in residence at the Bernard Leach Studio.

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Belgian creator’s idealised stained glass window heads to Sulzburg sale

08 October 2018

Among the more sizeable lots at the auction on October 19-20 at Kaupp in Sulzburg near the Black Forest is an early 20th century stained glass window, measuring 10ft 2in x 5ft 11in (3.09 x 1.8m).

Pilkington's Lancastrian lustre ware Kirkton House

Adding lustre to Pilkington's Lancastrian collection at auction

04 October 2018

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow spotlight fell upon the Pilkington's Lancastrian factory this week - just days before an important private collection of these Salford-made lustre wares is offered for sale at auction in Scotland.

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Regional rooms to repackage traditional fare

01 October 2018

Two leading regional auction houses – Lyon & Turnbull and Dreweatts – are trying new format sales this autumn in the hope of increasing demand for traditional European art and antiques. Both are creating room sets for viewing works.

Whitefriars glass

Saleroom selection: Six pieces of Baxter Whitefriars glass on offer at auctions around the UK

01 October 2018

Whitefriars glass can be traced back to the 18th century but it really came into its own after James Powell purchased the business for his three sons in 1834.

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British studio pottery – Art or artisan?

01 October 2018

British studio pottery, once the preserve of a small number of devotees, currently ranks among the strongest subsets of the art and antiques market. In the first element of a two-part feature, ATG considers the London market.

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Tower and Ohr – the auction specialists’ pick

01 October 2018

They won’t show it on the rostrum and probably not with clients but auction house professionals do have a likeness for particular artists.

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Rediscovered: a gift to the Sun King from Siam returns to Versailles after auction

01 October 2018

The only known item of silverware to have survived from a lavish diplomatic gift presented to Louis XIV by the King of Siam has been acquired by the Palace of Versailles via a private treaty sale through auction firm Beaussant Lefèvre.

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Jennifer Lee’s craft recognised in academia and saleroom

01 October 2018

The profile of Scottish potter Jennifer Lee (b. 1956) received a £50,000 boost at the Royal Centre for Design in Kensington this summer when she won the Loewe Craft Prize 2018 with her abstract stoneware vessel illustrated here.

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From Lucie Rie to Magdalene Odundo: a ‘British’ tradition backed by overseas talent

01 October 2018

The ‘British’ studio ceramics movement has long been backed by overseas talent. In addition to Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Ruth Duckworth (nee Windmuller), who fled the Nazis in the 1930s, and Hamada Shoji’s collaboration with Bernard Leach, is the contribution of Kenyan-born Magdalene Odundo (b. 1950).

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