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.


Two vases sold in Germany underline demand for Bohemian glass

01 May 2023

Judging by recent results, there has been a resurgence of interest in products from the Bohemian glass manufacture of Lötz Wwe (Loetz widow).


Two to look out for at the Battersea Dec fair

01 May 2023

Shown is a finger bowl made by James Powell of Whitefriars Glass for Victoria’s coronation banquet given by the Corporation of London on November 9, 1837.

Freddie Mercury

Superstar Freddie Mercury's private collection to be sold at Sotheby’s this autumn

26 April 2023

From stage costumes, handwritten lyrics and guitars to Victorian paintings, a Faberge clock and Japanese art, the private collection of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (1946-91) is to be offered in a series of auctions.

Rufus Bird

Mallett makes a comeback at Gurr Johns

24 April 2023

Historic dealership Mallett has been relaunched with furniture specialist Rufus Bird to lead the firm.

Ray Heath

Dealer reunited with Moorcroft vase

24 April 2023

Fifty years after buying it the first time, former dealer Ray Heath has been reunited with a beloved Moorcroft vase.


Special allure of provincial silver

24 April 2023

Objects from Norwich, York, Ireland and Newcastle in recent sales give a snapshot of the market


Jugs owned by a gambling man worth a punt at auction

24 April 2023

This pair of silver-mounted frosted glass claret jugs has marks for James Samuel Hunt and London, 1844.


Rice wine pots come to Europe

24 April 2023

While probably not made specifically for export, Chinese silver rice wine pots had arrived in Europe as early as the late 17th century.

Mosaic roundel

Pick of the week: Mosaic for the Bloomsbury set in demand at Berkshire auction

17 April 2023

Boris Vasilyevich Anrep (1883-1969), a Russian who lived and worked for most of his life in Britain, is not well known today.


A silver-gilt bell used at George II's coronation is among five lots to watch

17 April 2023

With estimates from £200, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


How colour influences value when it comes to Lalique glass

17 April 2023

The latest dedicated sales held by one particular auction house show how the value of Lalique glass – the epitome of inter-war glamour – is determined by its colour


18th century glass: politics that is mixed with pleasure

17 April 2023

The ideas of ‘liberty’ as a cause and a concept were not confined to the coffee shops of Boston and Philadelphia.


Raise a toast to Ireland

17 April 2023

‘The Land We Live In’ is a toast that appears on a number of Irish decanters made in Cork and Waterford.


When dealers host in-house auctions: 'It's a valve for our storage'

17 April 2023

While most dealerships look to existing auction houses to sell off excess stock, some dealers have brought the practice in house.


Seeing double eagle heads while drinking

17 April 2023

Enamelled imperial eagle tankards or 'reichsadlerhumpen' – large three or four-litre glass drinking vessels enamelled with the 56 coats of arms and the quaternion eagle of the Holy Roman Empire – were popular from the 16th to the late 18th century.


Two single-owner collections of drinking glasses on offer

17 April 2023

The sale held by Catherine Southon at the Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey on April 26-27 includes a single-owner collection of 18th century drinking glasses.


Surely you know Albert Smith?

17 April 2023

Forgotten today, a collection sold in Somerset remembers a multi-talented showman and author

Thomas Baxter Swansea Porcelain

Swansea porcelain plate stars in our pick of five auction highlights

14 April 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Thomas Baxter decorated Swansea porcelain plate that sold on top estimate in Cardiff.

Laquer snuff box

Cheshire Police warn antiques dealers to be vigilant following theft

11 April 2023

Police are warning antiques dealers to be vigilant following the theft of two silver items and a lacquered snuff box.


Arts & Crafts: Known to be useful and believed to be beautiful

10 April 2023

ATG considers the impact of the Arts & Crafts movement