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.


Exceptional slice of dessert on offer with tasty Ewenny

15 May 2023

The Welsh Sale held by Rogers Jones (24/15% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff on April 1 included an exceptional Swansea porcelain dessert plate.


Gratitude for ‘zeal and intredipity’ in attacking women and children

15 May 2023

A hero to the establishment in 1819 but a villain to the common man then and to everyone today, William Scholes Withington was back in favour at Cambridge.


Pick of the week: Keen as mustard on a Lambeth rarity

15 May 2023

In January this year three photos of a salt glaze stoneware jar appeared on the Facebook feed of the Oxfordshire Antique Bottle Collecting Club.


Chelsea plates on offer in Ohio auction

15 May 2023

Six 18th century Chelsea botanically decorated plates will feature in the sale to be held by Neue Auctions in Beachwood, Ohio on May 20.


5 Questions: glass specialist Brian Watson

15 May 2023

Brian Watson deals in antique glass and stands at Petworth Park Antiques Fair this month.


Take a peak at Buxton

08 May 2023

The picturesque spa town of Buxton in the Peak District will once again host its long-running annual fair.


Pick of the week: Coconut cup could be booty from infamous pirate Black Bart’s defeat

08 May 2023

Rising to be Admiral of the Fleet during the War of the Spanish Succession, Sir Chaloner Ogle (1680-1750) had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy.


Church thefts spark fears of crime spate

08 May 2023

The theft of an Elizabethan silver chalice in Dorset has sparked fears it could be the latest in a spate targeting churches across the country.


Renowned candlestick back in the limelight at Stowmarket sale

08 May 2023

Estimated at £15,000-20,000, this 8½in (22cm) Elizabeth I or James I pewter bell-based candlestick sold to a private UK collector bidding online for £25,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of the Chapman collection at Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket on April 27.


Detective work sheds some light on a £75,000 chandelier

08 May 2023

Investigation by saleroom specialist pays off as Castle Howard connection helps a chandelier to impress


Definitely not selling for buttons: Lucie Rie moulds make £4200

08 May 2023

Two moulds for making buttons, given by studio potter Lucie Rie (1902-95) to her cleaning lady, were sold at a London auction on March 29.

Getty's Temple of Wings

Christie’s to offer second auction series of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection

05 May 2023

A second tranche of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection is coming to Christie’s in June.


Crowning glory: George II coronation relic rings a bell

01 May 2023

George II coronation bell has considerable regal appeal at £7200


Spoon that served a princess

01 May 2023

This medical spoon bears the crest and inscription The Princess Sophia (the 12th child of George III and Queen Charlotte).


Wucai wine cups bring flower power

01 May 2023

This pair of wucai floral wine cups have Guangxu marks and are of the period (1875-1908).


Tureens on offer from a huge service

01 May 2023

The May 18 sale of Jewellery, Watches & Silver at Dawsons includes a pair of silver sauce tureens by William Bateman for Rundell, Bridge & Co, London 1837.


Dr Wou Kiuan Collection takes a journey through history

01 May 2023

Sotheby’s conducts a timed online sale from May 10-17 titled A Journey Through China’s History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection.


Charles at age five failed to be popular

01 May 2023

Numismatic dealer Daniel Fearon has sold a group of bronzed galvano medals depicting Charles (then nearly five years old), The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret to the British Museum’s department of coins and medals just ahead of this year’s coronation.


Carp with crashing waves swim into Bath auction

01 May 2023

The sale at Ma San in Bath on May 4 includes this Japanese double gourd carp vase by Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916).


Styles sculpture tribute to mark Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh silver wedding anniversary

01 May 2023

Alex Styles (1922-2017) was in 1966 given a glowing accolade in The Times: “Many think he is the finest designer of hand-made silver in England.”