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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The web shop window: A group of 300 Swarovski figures

12 October 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

A Louis XIV style gilt-bronze mounted, ebony and brass boulle marquetry small armoire, by Joseph Cremer, circa 1860, est. £60,000-90,000.jpg

Nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts dealer creates online auction at Sotheby’s

08 October 2020

Mayfair dealer Adrian Alan is to auction a collection of items from his stock at an online-only sale held by Sotheby’s.

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Moorcroft bidders make 1912 overtures

05 October 2020

Two pieces of Moorcroft Pomegranate pattern made exceptional sums within a matter of 24 hours at the end of September. Both were early versions of the popular pattern and dated 1912 – the year William Moorcroft left his studio at James Macintyre to run his own factory in Cobridge.

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Court Glasshouse rarity tops unseen Oxfordshire collection

05 October 2020

Estimated at £20,000- 30,000, a façon de Venise gilded, enamel led and engraved vase and cover sold for £70,000 (plus 27.5/25% buyer’s premium) last week.

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An Arts & Crafts tile and an Irish neoclassical silver teapot are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

05 October 2020

With estimates from £250-30,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Ewe beauty: Rice collection in demand

05 October 2020

Further pieces from English porcelain specialist’s collection are among highlights in Lewes.

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A passion for glass

05 October 2020

Over the years, Wolf Horst Röhl, who died in 2005, amassed an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century Dutch and German cut glass.

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Modern ways of doing business: dealers team up for exhibitions

05 October 2020

London ceramics dealer and Swedish Nordic design specialist team up for joint show

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Flattery for Klabena

05 October 2020

On October 31, Quentin in Berlin is holding its 40th auction. One of the most unusual pieces is this 8in (22cm) high satirical porcelain figure, titled Schmeichelei (Flattery). It was modelled in 1909 by the Slovakian artist Eduard Klabena for KPM in Berlin.

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Lot watched by eager beaker bidders

05 October 2020

Silver by major names from the early to late years of last century were major eyecatchers at the Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium) 20th Century Design Sale in Bury St Edmunds.

Bow model of a red squirrel

Bow model of red squirrel stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

02 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Bow model of a red squirrel from c.1760-65 that doubled estimate at Bonhams.

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Remembering the ‘happy’ jester

28 September 2020

Joseph Fröhlich (1694-1757) was a well-known figure at the Saxon court from the late 1720s onwards. He was appointed court jester to Augustus the Strong in 1727 and held the position for three decades – perfect for a man whose family name translates as ‘happy’.

Charles II silver sugar box

Charles II silver sugar box stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

25 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Charles II silver sugar box described as “in an exceptional state of preservation” that sold above estimate in Nottingham.

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ATG letter: Staffordshire’s rich heritage requires new attitudes and thinking

21 September 2020

MADAM – It was good to see Alan Sturrock’s robust and considered appeal for a greater understanding of the significance of Staffordshire figures in the markets (ATG 2457).

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Soviet propaganda porcelain plate makes over 100-times estimate in Stratford-upon-Avon

14 September 2020

When, following the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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Thank you for the royal pardon – silver snuff box at Dutch auction tells story of engraver

14 September 2020

This 4in (10cm) silver snuff box offered for sale at Veilinghuis de Jager in Goes, Zeeland was the subject of a learned article in the January-February Ghendtsche Tydingen, the magazine of the Ghent history society.

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Pennsylvania auction brings Staffordshire pottery selection to market

14 September 2020

Pook & Pook’s online decorative arts auction in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on September 17 will include several lots of the Staffordshire pottery Foley Intarsio ware.

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Coronation service among European porcelain highlights at Swiss sale

14 September 2020

A 176-lot group of Meissen and other European porcelain from the collection of Dr Siegfried Ducret, consigned from the estate of Rosmarie Schmidt-Ducret, will be offered at auction by Koller in Zurich on September 24.

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Staffordshire history lesson comes via a postcard

07 September 2020

The Staffordshire Figure Association is hoping to drum up some interest with the creation of this postcard available to buyers and sellers of Staffordshire figures.

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The web shop window: rare Bergman chess set

07 September 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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