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.


The sweet scent of victory – Nelson remembered in silver

06 March 2023

A private collection of naval and military vinaigrettes was among the highlights of a recent Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’ premium) Silver & Objects of Vertu auction. It included examples of both familiar and less-familiar models.


Rare 17th century silver mug by female silversmith emerges at Surrey auction

06 March 2023

The Assay Office in Norwich closed in 1702, so secular objects in particular that bear the city’s mark are rare. Rarer still are pieces bearing the mark of the only female silversmith registered in Norwich towards the end of that period.


Reward for ‘reading the Riot Act’

06 March 2023

Cheffins’ sale of Jewellery, Silver & Watches on April 6 includes, as part of a 100-piece single-owner collection, this 145oz George III silver gilt presentation two-handled cup and cover.

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Top stories this week including news of a major glass collection discovered in an unoccupied house

05 March 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a cache of French art glass discovered as part of a contents removal.

Lomonosov Porcelain Factory vase

Rare Soviet-era vase stars in our pick of five auction highlights

03 March 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Lomonosov Porcelain Factory vase from 1929 that made over 35 times estimate in Buckinghamshire.

Giacometti chandelier

Giacometti chandelier bought in Marylebone antiques shop for £250 sells for £2.4m

01 March 2023

A chandelier made in the 1940s for the offices of cultural magazine Horizon, and later purchased by artist John Craxton, sold for a hammer price of £2.4m at Christie’s.

Pietre dure panel

Florentine panel fit for an emperor takes six-figure sum at Roseberys’ auction

27 February 2023

Research reveals £265,000 auction purchase is a celebrated work from Grand Ducal workshops

‘Mills bomb’ lighter

Pick of the week: The lighter side of mass destruction as novelty grenade lights up auction

27 February 2023

While they may not appear such comfortable bedfellows today, the novel weapons of mass destruction created during the First World War were deemed a perfectly suitable subject for novelty trinkets of the day.


From darkness came light: the Bud Lear collection of historical candlesticks

27 February 2023

US collector Bud Lear teamed up with UK metalwork dealer Christopher Bangs to investigate early types of metal candlesticks


Unoccupied house found to be full of French art glass joys

27 February 2023

A cache of art glass rediscovered during the contents removal of a house that had been unoccupied for several years came up for auction.


Gallé and Daum feature in collector Blessing's mixed French and American sale

27 February 2023

Art glass will be one notable feature of the second instalment of the sale of items from the estate of Ron Blessing of Nebraska on March 18.

Battle of the Nile service

Pick of the week: Bidders battle for Naples Nelson porcelain

20 February 2023

Elements of an important Naples porcelain service made after the Battle of the Nile have resurfaced at auction in the US.

Spode White Star Line blue and gilt cup and saucer

White Star Line cup and saucer star in our pick of six auction highlights

17 February 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Spode cup and saucer with a Titanic connection that made six times estimate at Richard Winterton.


Battersea Decorative fair reaps the rewards of endurance

13 February 2023

South London event benefits from extra business after the string of recent fair cancellations


Hook a Moser fish vase

13 February 2023

The sale at Clark’s Auction Company in California on February 19 includes this Moser enamelled glass fish vase.


Black Forest clock carves out auction demand

13 February 2023

This monumental Black Forest figural clock with matching stand, c.1880, is a mighty 7ft 1in (2.16m) high overall.


Tiffany dragonfly lamp to delight

13 February 2023

Sotheby’s New York holds an online auction titled Design that runs from March 7-14.


Lots on offer from ceramics champion Bob Ellison

13 February 2023

An artist, collector and ceramics specialist, Bob Ellison donated over 600 pieces to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in his lifetime.


Exhibition of medieval and Renaissance treasures in Antwerp

13 February 2023

A large and highly decorated processional cross, 18 x 10in (45 x 25cm), from 13th century Limoges is among the highlights in Bernard Descheemaeker’s exhibition and latest catalogue.


Somerset saleroom reaps rewards from series of auctions in the new year

13 February 2023

Lawrences of Crewkerne kicks off 2023 with an extensive £1m (premium-inclusive) series of sales over several days