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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Dirk suits snappy Highlander

07 January 2019

A fine example of a dirk, without which no Highland formal dresswear is complete, was among the stand-out lots at Cuttlestones’ (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Penkridge on November 22.

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Baron Cohen porcelain draws interest in Berlin

07 January 2019

Since 1994, the New York businessman Richard Baron Cohen has been a welcome guest at international auctions, fairs and dealers.

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Glad as a Flatter to be selling glass

07 January 2019

Glass specialists Liz and Mike Flatter will be first-time exhibitors at the IACF Shepton Mallet antiques and collectors’ fair at the Bath and West Showground on Friday to Sunday, January 18-20.

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Obituary: Silver dealer Arnold Pash

07 January 2019

Arnold Pash (1928-2018), veteran silver dealer of A Pash & Son, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2018, at home surrounded by his family after battling cancer and ill health.

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Five pieces of post-war British glass for sale at SAS next week

03 January 2019

Well-known and rare glass designs feature in the 200-plus lots from a single-owner collection for sale at Special Auction Services on Tuesday, January 8.

UK hallmark for 2019 released

01 January 2019

The UK’s hallmark for 2019 is a lowercase ‘u’.

Crab

Crab grabs Martin Brothers record at Phillips’ auction

21 December 2018

A new auction record for the idiosyncratic stonewares of the Martin brothers was established at Phillips’ Design sale in New York.

Slipware jug

What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a dated slipware jug from the time of Charles I and a Beswick huntsman figure

21 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a portrait of a red bonnet-wearing lady, a Beswick huntsman figure and slipware jug from the time of Charles I.

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Art Deco stand-out sculpture at Munich sale delivers at top level

21 December 2018

For 30 years the London lawyer David Cooper and his wife Marie devoted themselves to building a collection of Art Deco sculpture.

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On the scent in Harrogate

21 December 2018

A rare Sampson Mordan gilt-mounted porcelain scent bottle features at the next Galloway Antiques Fair, which takes place at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate from January 4-6.

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Dealer Peter Petrou to offer collection of works at Christie’s

20 December 2018

The well-known works of art dealer Peter Petrou is offering 150 lots from his eclectic collection at Christie’s in a dedicated sale on January 30.

Tureen

Viennese fancies: £440,000 for gold-mounted Du Paquier tureen

17 December 2018

A lavish Viennese gold-mounted porcelain tureen and stand – the epitome of Habsburg court luxury during the reign of the Holy Roman emperor Charles VI – topped Bonhams’ Fine European Ceramics sale in London on December 6.

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Jingle all the way: Five antique bells to find at UK auctions this week including a Paul Storr table bell

17 December 2018

Even without a ship to sail or servants to summon, bells can be beautiful decorative or collectors’ items.

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5 Questions: Glass dealer Mark West

17 December 2018

Mark West deals in 18th, 19th and 20th century glass designed to be used. He will exhibit at The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair from January 10-13, 2019.

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More Perlès pearlers up at the Drouot auction centre

17 December 2018

The second stock sale from the French ceramics specialist Christophe Perlès was held at Drouot by Pescheteau-Badin (26% buyer’s premium inc VAT) on November 26.

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Stuart and early Georgian silver from early 20th century collector starts Kent sale with aplomb

17 December 2018

On the market for the first time in at least 60 years, and in some cases for more than a century, a small collection of 17th and 18th century silver accounted for a fraction of the lots but 20% of the total at the two-day winter sale at Canterbury Auction Galleries (24% buyer’s premium).

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Lalique mirror saved from dustbin

17 December 2018

The bronze pieces produced by Rene Lalique are perhaps less well-known than the master’s jewellery and glass but seldom so under-rated that they are consigned to the dustbin, as was the case with this c.1910 hand mirror, below.

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Lecturer’s delftware is talk of the saleroom

17 December 2018

Very much a buyer’s market these days, English ceramics in their various forms are affordable to collectors on modest budgets.

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Potlids cover themselves in glory to nearly sell out

10 December 2018

It is 40 years since 19th century potlids were the collectables of choice but there is still a very active market for them.

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Silver show is history lesson at Cotswolds fair

10 December 2018

Keith Richards Antiques brings a selection of early 20th century silver modelled on historic pieces to the first 2019 staging of The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School.

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