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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5 Questions: Delftware specialist Robert Aronson

26 October 2020

Robert Aronson runs Dutch family business Aronson Anitquairs, which launched in 1881 and today specialises in Delftware.

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Art Deco cocktail shaker in the mix alongside ‘exceptional’ Lalique

26 October 2020

This bakelite and electroplated cocktail shaker is from the Master Incolor series made for sale at the Wilson and Gill on Regent Street in the 1930s.

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Zsolnay vase stands out in Berkshire

26 October 2020

The most desirable of the varied wares produced by the small ceramics factory established by Vilmos Zsolnay (1828-1900) in the south-west Hungarian town of Pecs are those created after the 1890s.

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Four methods dealers are using to showcase stock

26 October 2020

The firebreakers, circuitbreakers, alerts and tiers have made recent weeks feel chaotic. But dealers are carrying on regardless, devising new and different ways to sell their stock safely, whether online, through catalogues or in person.

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Bernard Moore lustre wares come to the fore at Chester sale

26 October 2020

A recent sale at Byrne’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Chester included 22 lustre wares by the Staffordshire art potter and chemist Bernard Moore.

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Martin Brothers bird among highlights of two-day decorative sale

26 October 2020

More than 700 lots of Decorative Arts and Design spanning the 19th through to the early years of this century were offered for sale by Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury over two days.

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De Morgan panel offered in Edinburgh

26 October 2020

This William de Morgan six-tile panel from c.1880 will feature in a two-day sale, Decorative Arts: Design since 1860, at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on November 2-3.

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Wally birds and Moorcroft retain star appeal

26 October 2020

Topping a 360-lot, £242,000 single-owner collection of Martinware and Moorcroft at Kingham & Orme (23% buyer’s premium) was a Robert Wallace Martin grotesque bird.

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Persian tomb-marker tile takes £80,000 in Surrey auction

19 October 2020

A large 13th century Persian lustre tile sold for £80,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at John Nicholson’s in Haslemere.

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Urns and mug make big earners

19 October 2020

Coadestone urns to this design were a personal favourite of company founder Eleanor Coade herself.

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The moon rises at Colnaghi exhibition

19 October 2020

Dating to the second quarter of the 16th century, this stained-glass moon comes from northern France and is offered now by St James’s dealership Colnaghi.

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Single-owner collection ‘represents something of a return to form’ for the Spode market

19 October 2020

The 'Indian Sporting' series is the most celebrated of all Spode blue and white transfer-prints. This multi-scene pattern (there are 17 different designs in total) is based on aquatints by Samuel Howitt from 'Oriental Field Sports, Wild Sports of the East' by Captain Thomas Williamson, published in 1807.

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What a relief: Italian surprises emerge at Mallams' auction

19 October 2020

Brought back to England by 19th century travel writer Richard Ford, a carved alabaster relief of the Madonna watching over Christ was the outstanding lot from a Gloucestershire country house offered at Mallams Cheltenham (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Pre-emptions: stepping in at the fall of the gavel

19 October 2020

Pre-emption, the right of a French museum or institution to step in at the fall of the gavel to claim a lot at auctions staged in France for purchase at the hammer price, is a common occurence in such sales.

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Ingenious design for travelling chalice

19 October 2020

Made from paktong, a zinc, copper and nickel (or similar) alloy resembling silver, this c.1780 English travelling chalice, or cup, is modelled on drinking glasses of the period.

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The web shop window: coloured wax portrait of a famous actress

19 October 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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Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force

13 October 2020

A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.

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Lalique perfume bottle offered at Dallas auction

12 October 2020

This green patinated Cyclamen perfume bottle made c.1912 by René Lalique for Coty is part of a private Chicago collection of Lalique scent bottles that feature in Heritage Auctions’ Tiffany, Lalique and Art Glass sale in Dallas, Texas, on October 22.

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Gallery buys up Art Deco archives

12 October 2020

Chrissie and John Masters of the Design Gallery closed their shop in the Kent village of Westerham last year and now operate from their large showroom and warehouse nearby.

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Bow red squirrel is a rarity

12 October 2020

Estimated at £7000-10,000, this very rare Bow model of a red squirrel, c.1760-65, sold for £20,000 at Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) Fine Ceramics and Glass sale in Knightsbridge on September 29.

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