Metalware

This sector comprises artefacts made from both base and precious metals. Many antique items were originally used for domestic purposes but are now collected on account of their craftsmanship, decorative quality and social interest.

Items can range from include pewter jugs, tin pots, brass bells, copper weathervanes and cast iron benches.

While this area offers plenty of affordable material, rare historical survivors can command high prices.


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The web shop window: a cockerel weathervane at Robert Young Antiques

04 November 2019

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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Head of a saint in Munich sale

28 October 2019

The extensive autumn sale at Hermann Historica in Munich runs from November 11-20 and is accompanied by five catalogues for the ‘bricks and mortar’ sale and a further six for the subsequent online auctions.

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Lloyd’s candlesticks are Suffolk cover stars

30 September 2019

Pair of candlesticks light up auction with surprise result.

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Big money for Russian bronze

19 August 2019

Not always predicted but overwhelming when it comes, big-money Russian interest sent a bronze equine group soaring at Dawson’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead.

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Metalware provides a wide price range for buyers to ponder

05 August 2019

Metalware in all its forms played a major part in the development of the Bauhaus and recent sales contained examples in every price range.

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Ground hero: mortars from Schwarzach collection impress at Cologne auction

01 July 2019

Cologne auction house Lempertz (24% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale devoted to the Schwarzach Collection of mortars, which is thought to be the most extensive of its type in Europe, if not worldwide.

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Carved coral Tripani adviser

24 June 2019

Italy – or more specifically Sicily – came up trumps for Stamford auction house Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) in the form of this 4½in (11cm) carved coral and copper-gilt urn and cover.

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Dutch dealer goes miniature for tableware and furniture

27 May 2019

Illustrated below is one of seven lots of Dutch ‘white metal ’ miniature tableware and furniture entered into a weekly general sale at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium).

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Tobacco taken with a conscience

20 May 2019

Almost wholly reliant on slavery, the tobacco industry was the subtle target of British Abolitionists 50 years before Britain outlawed slavery and nearly a century before the American Civil War.

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Cologne saleroom offers 115 bronze mortars from collection

29 April 2019

On May 17, Cologne auction house Lempertz is selling 115 bronze mortars from the 8th-18th centuries.

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Estate provides Chelsea candlesticks to Stair Galleries in New York

19 April 2019

English and Continental porcelain from several notable estates is included in Stair Galleries’ next fine sale in Hudson, New York, on April 27-28.

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‘Surrey’ enamel candlestick draws admirers in New York

25 February 2019

This exceptional candlestick belongs to a small group of cast and enamelled brass wares made in the second half of the 17th century. All are distinguished by their method of production: unlike champlévé or cloisonné decoration, the enamelled fields were cast in the mould.

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Cotswold School Arts & Crafts sconce speculation

04 February 2019

A set of four Cotswold School Arts & Crafts wall sconces, one shown below, was catalogued by Moore Allen & Innocent (20% buyer’s premium) as in the Wild Strawberry pattern and in the manner of Ernest Gimson (1864-1919).

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Guillemin torchères shine in Selborne

21 January 2019

Topped by the 17th century Dutch bottles at £30,000 (see ATG No 2375), the year’s first sale at Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) had other treasures among the 2000 lots including the French bronze figural torchères, right.

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Lalique mirror saved from dustbin

17 December 2018

The bronze pieces produced by Rene Lalique are perhaps less well-known than the master’s jewellery and glass but seldom so under-rated that they are consigned to the dustbin, as was the case with this c.1910 hand mirror, below.

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Rediscovered: a gift to the Sun King from Siam returns to Versailles after auction

01 October 2018

The only known item of silverware to have survived from a lavish diplomatic gift presented to Louis XIV by the King of Siam has been acquired by the Palace of Versailles via a private treaty sale through auction firm Beaussant Lefèvre.

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Palace of Versailles buys Chinese silver ewer in private deal

24 September 2018

A rare 17th century Chinese silver ewer has been acquired by the Palace of Versailles in a private treaty sale conducted by the auction firm Beaussant Lefèvre. It is the only known surviving piece of silverware from a lavish diplomatic gift presented to Louis XIV by the King of Siam (Thailand) in 1686.

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North London saleroom celebrates after Blue John urns stand out at auction

07 September 2018

The sale of three Blue John and ormolu-mounted urns could mark a purple patch for a family-run north London auction house this month.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

04 June 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Thomire candlesticks offered at Duran Subastas sale

14 May 2018

This pair of ormolu candlesticks by Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) will feature in the May 24 auction at Duran Subastas in Madrid.

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