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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White gloves for Oppenheimer sale of Meissen porcelain at Sotheby’s

20 September 2021

Every lot of a collection of Meissen porcelain, restituted earlier this year to the heirs of Dr Franz Oppenheimer, was sold in a recent US sale.

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Pick of the week: Silver vesta case strikes a blow for the motor car

20 September 2021

This rare Victorian silver vesta case with an enamelled scene of an early tiller-driven automobile is hallmarked for Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1896.

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Belleek porcelain beckons bidders from all over the world

20 September 2021

A collection of Belleek porcelain totalled £7600 at Cuttlestones (20% buyer’s premium) on July 21.

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Desirable davenport discovered in Ilkley auction

20 September 2021

Few furniture forms suffered a bigger crash in prices than the davenport.

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A harvest jug festival: new book is first of its kind

20 September 2021

The first dedicated published study on the harvest jug tradition of North Devon and the West Country goes on sale this September.

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5 Questions: Jane Sanderson of The Antiques Bazaar

20 September 2021

Jane Sanderson of The Antiques Bazaar is a new exhibitor at The Northern Antiques Fair, which runs from September 30-October 3.

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Drinking a toast to the Bonnie Prince – in an English teapot

13 September 2021

The sale of the collection of Robin Simpson (1940-2020) was celebration of British commemorative ceramics.

Silver tankard

Pick of the week: Putting China on course for golf

13 September 2021

Estimated at £400-600, this 7in (17cm) high Chinese export silver dragon handled tankard sold for a much higher sum.

A vase fashioned as a cockatoo

Majolica mania at Paris gallery

13 September 2021

Galerie Vauclair, situated on the rue de Beaune, will be showcasing its current exhibition, 'Majolica Mania', during the Parcours de la Céramique.

Iznik tile

Take the Left Bank ceramics trail

13 September 2021

Covid halts foreign exhibitors but 14th edition of Paris Parcours will run with resident dealers

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Irish provincial silver amassed by German collector

13 September 2021

Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) sale of Silver & Vertu included a number of Irish provincial pieces from the collection of Peter Ticher.

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Derby duo ready for research

13 September 2021

Although apparently unmarked, this pair of twin-handled porcelain covered chocolate cups, covers and saucers are a Derby model from c.1790-95.

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Bidders recognise maiolica dish as three centuries older than catalogued

13 September 2021

Although catalogued as 19th century, this 10½in (27cm) maiolica dish is more probably 16th century.

Bottger Meissen tea set

Pick of the week: Meissen made with a homely touch

06 September 2021

This near-complete Böttger Meissen tea set, c.1725, came for sale at Keys of Aylsham on September 1.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie’s pre-Culloden meal

06 September 2021

On April 14, 1746, two days before the battle that would seal his fate, Charles Edward Stuart held a lavish meal at Culloden House, the highland estate owned by Hanoverian loyalist Duncan Forbes (1685-1747) that had recently been commandeered by Jacobite forces.

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Silver salts count as York rarities

06 September 2021

Following an upturn in the fortunes of the silver trade in York, an assay office reopened there in 1776 and remained active until final closure in 1858.

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Relics from rare Keith silver to symbols of Jacobite rebellion feature at Edinburgh auction

06 September 2021

The rarest Scottish provincial town marks, known only from spoons and ladles, are those of Stonehaven, Ellon and Keith.

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Not bad for a sewer find – 400-year-old candlestick proves 'where there’s muck there’s brass'

06 September 2021

With the unusual provenance of having been dug out of a London sewer during excavations in 1930, the 15th or early 16th century copper alloy candlestick shown here underlined the truth of the maxim that where there’s muck there’s brass.

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Oppenheimer collection at Sotheby's includes Meissen created for founder of the factory Augustus the Strong

30 August 2021

On September 14 Sotheby’s New York will be offering a select auction of early Meissen porcelain that includes pieces created for the collections of Augustus the Strong, who founded the famous factory.

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Monart glass makes a mark on home turf

30 August 2021

Collection of distinctive pre-war glass produced in Perth impresses at local saleroom

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