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Fabergé silver in Penzance

14 March 2013

Barbara Kirk’s first auction of antiques, jewellery and collectors items in Penzance will take place on March 19.

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Expressive and poignant: an artist’s final picture

14 March 2013

The last work created by Berenice Sydney (1944-1983) is one of four works by the artist appearing at the Modern British and Irish art sale at Christie’s South Kensington on March 21.


Ravilious’ Boat Race bowl designed for Wedgwood

12 March 2013

This 12in (30cm) diameter Wedgwood Queen’s Ware ‘Boat Race’ bowl, designed by Eric Ravilious, appeared at a recent sale held by Robertson’s of Kinbuck, near Dunblane.


Angus McBean’s archive for sale

12 March 2013

Hundreds of gelatin silver studio prints by the society and theatre photographer Angus McBean (1904-90) will be sold by Lacy Scott & Knight of Bury St Edmunds in a stand-alone sale on April 12.


UK auction houses head for China with £8m consignment

11 March 2013

Fine art, antiques and collectables worth £8m, consigned from the UK by a consortium of regional auctioneers, are currently on a container ship heading to China.

Bonhams hold firm on premium

11 March 2013

Bonhams have announced that they will not be following Christie’s and Sotheby’s in raising buyer’s premium thresholds.


Tiny Japanese ivory takes £13,000

11 March 2013

This 1½in (3.5cm) Japanese ivory okimono stole the show at Tamylns’ in Bridgwater, Somerset when it sold to a telephone bidder for £13,000.

NAVA aim to set new industry standard with valuation course

11 March 2013

The National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) are to launch a new introductory one-day course for auctioneers and valuers as part of a strategy to establish a new industry standard.

Museums conference aims to beef up security

11 March 2013

A new organisation designed to improve museum security has held its first conference.

Wine investment code now in force

11 March 2013

The Wine Investment Association has launched its new code of practice to seek to safeguard the general public against fraud, malpractice and misrepresentation.


TEFAF Maastricht gets ready for its latest outing

08 March 2013

Showing up at TEFAF Maastricht in the southern Netherlands with a stand cobbled together from stale, lacklustre stock is tantamount to professional suicide, the sort of nightmare that has dealers waking up in a cold sweat.


Pictures with a bit of Bacon on the back

08 March 2013

Six pictures by Cambridge painter Lewis Todd are being offered for sale at Ewbank Clarke Gammon Wellers in Woking, Surrey, on March 20. However, the greater interest in these works is what can be found on the reverse – the brushwork of Francis Bacon.


Russian egg in time for Easter

08 March 2013

This 19th century Russian egg forms part of a large collection to be included in Stroud Auction Rooms’ two-day sale on March 13-14 in Gloucestershire.


Swiss statue in Stourbridge

07 March 2013

Originally cast in bronze by Swiss sculptor Louis Weingartner in 1892, this 20th century lead statue by the Bromsgrove Guild entitled ‘Dryad and Boar’ will be offered at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge on March 9.


Paul Sandby’s view of Shrewsbury

07 March 2013

The Old Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury was a view favoured by a number of 18th century artists including J.M.W. Turner and Richard Wilson.


Arts and Crafts silver emerges from bank vault and brings £125,000

07 March 2013

It was at Frinton-on-Sea Golf Club that James Grinter, managing director at Reeman Dansie of Colchester, first learned of the Douglas Shepherd collection of Arts and Crafts silver.

Questions remain over Cork Street plan to create gallery space

06 March 2013

The company behind a development in Mayfair which means seven dealers will not have their leases renewed have promised to dedicate space for art galleries in the new scheme.


Philip Webb cartoons for William Morris tapestry – the pride of Hodson collection

05 March 2013

It was during negotiations to secure the future of the Kelmscott Press after the death of William Morris in 1896 that Laurence William Hodson (1863-1933) acquired four watercolour and pencil designs by Philip Webb (1831-1915).


Louis XV carbine with a right royal pedigree

04 March 2013

At the end of the Second World War, this 18th century flintlock repeating carbine was thrown onto a huge heap of weapons confiscated from German citizens.


Scottish coin takes £130,000 bid

04 March 2013

At the higher end of the value scale when it comes to British coin collecting are the most eloquent coins of the Scottish series.