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.


Dealer Bruce Knight’s personal collecting taste was a cut above

05 February 2024

An 18th century Native American trade axe pipe linked to the great Shawnee chief and warrior Tecumseh (1768-1813) was the runaway performer when the collection of Ohio dealer and entrepreneur Bruce Knight was dispersed in the first days of the New Year.


Shaving mugs attract top prices from foam bidders

05 February 2024

A staple at American barber shops of the 19th and early 20th centuries was the occupational shaving mug.


A taste of rare colour combinations at Bonhams

05 February 2024

The Durrington Collection of Glass, a select 60-lot auction which Bonhams (28/27/21/14.4% buyer’s premium) offered for sale last year, featured some of the best examples of 18th century British glassmaking across a number of collectable categories.


Fair winds and god speed for Captain Vancouver

05 February 2024

Explorer and naval captain George Vancouver set sail from King’s Lynn in April 1791 aboard HMS Discovery to survey the Pacific Northwest coastline of North America.


Collector Interview: How the flavour of times past can be discovered in a single glass

05 February 2024

Geoffrey Walton has a collection of 18th century cider and perry glasses. He has used his considerable knowledge of the items and the social background at the time they were made and used to write a book on the subject.


American tazza was designed by a Danish silversmith

05 February 2024

A rare silver and turquoise tazza designed by Erik Magnussen (1884-1961) for the Gorham Manufacturing Company sold for $24,000 (£19,000) at Schwenke Auctioneers (29/27% buyer’s premium) in Woodbury, Connecticut.

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Polar medal.

UK buyer sought for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Polar medal

02 February 2024

A temporary export block has been placed on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s polar medal in the hope a buyer in the UK can pay £1.7m.

Maltese silver coffee pot

Maltese silver coffee pot shines at auction

01 February 2024

An exceptional Maltese silver coffee pot took six-times estimate at auction.

Wood and antler chandelier

Last hurrah for the Ann and Gordon Getty collection

31 January 2024

Finding antiques with the wow factor was Ann Getty’s forte and she did it with great dedication, some good advice and an outstanding bank balance.

Wemyss tabby cat

Auction buyers get claws into Wemyss cats

29 January 2024

This smiling tabby cat formed part of an extensive collection of Scottish Wemyss Ware sold at Lyon & Turnbull.


Claret jug bits and pieces combine for healthy sums

29 January 2024

The novelty silver mounted glass claret jugs made in the form of birds and animals in the later Victorian era by goldsmith firms such as Alexander Crichton and Sampson Mordan were very popular in the later part of the 19th century.


Prime 18th century English porcelain on offer in Australia

29 January 2024

When Australian auction house Artvisory offers the Robert Burke collection on February 19-20 in Melbourne it will launch around 300 lots of prime 18th century English porcelain onto the market.


Venini glass designs from two Italian architects build up transatlantic interest

29 January 2024

Two exceptional pieces of Venini glass surfaced at auction in the final days of 2023 on different sides of the Atlantic.

TSR January 26 Turpin Hats

White-gloves and a trilby hat for Dick Turpin sale

26 January 2024

Sworders enjoyed a white-glove sale and a £406,000 total for the personal collection of Maurice Turpin (1928-2005).


Early sales boost Belgium art fair BRAFA

26 January 2024

Several dealers got off the mark in the early hours of BRAFA, which opened yesterday at Brussels Expo.


A Scottish Wemyss Ware vase from a prolific collector is among five lots to watch

22 January 2024

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up this week.


US president mesmerised by Lillie Langtry

22 January 2024

Though largely forgotten today, Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) was probably England’s first superstar, moving effortlessly from the stage to high society.


Early Newcastle silver sniffed out in Oxford saleroom

22 January 2024

The earliest records of the silversmithing on the Tyne date from 1249.


Lampshade highlights the work of Quentin Bell, the last of Bloomsbury

22 January 2024

A lampshade painted by Quentin Bell sold for a remarkable £4700 when Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) dispersed the residual collection of Michael Evans in Macclesfield.


Silver plane travels well at small scale

22 January 2024

A sterling silver scale model of the Lockheed TriStar aircraft was the top lot at Kinghams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Silver and Objects of Vertu sale in the Cotswolds.