Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

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Bids pour in for Asian art as £800,000 teapot and Kangxi rediscovery highlight latest sales series

18 November 2019

A Qianlong teapot which made £800,000 in Dorchester provided the stellar result among some exceptional Asian art lots offered for sale in the UK regions and Ireland last week.

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Artemisia Gentleschi’s Lucretia takes record in Paris auction

18 November 2019

Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting 'Lucretia', which was in a private collection for more than 40 years, has made a new record for the artist at an auction in Paris.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a rediscovered Paul Nash painting, a tripod table and a rare sampler

18 November 2019

With estimates from £600-70,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Big names boost Aesthetic appeal at auction

18 November 2019

Even during his lifetime Edward William Godwin complained that ebonised tables to his textbook ‘Anglo-Japanese’ design c.1867-68 were being copied by a number of different manufacturers.

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German violin instrumental in bid for overlooked box lot

18 November 2019

A good-quality violin linked to the German maker Jacobus Stainer (1619-83) led a group of previously overlooked musical instruments in a Towcester auction.

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Royal yacht which sailed into obsolescence

18 November 2019

This oil below depicts the Victoria & Albert II, the largest royal yacht of the Victorian era which remained in service until the end of Queen Victoria’s life.

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The railway that carried escaped slaves to freedom

18 November 2019

Sporting a distinctive hairstyle and beard that the cataloguer suggested “…would never again be replicated until early 21st-century Brooklyn”, the photograph below was part of a slavery and abolition-themed lot sold for $80,000 (£64,725) in an Americana sale held in New York by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on September 25.

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Brews news: British Museum buys 19th century print

18 November 2019

The British Museum has added this rare hand-coloured lithograph to its two-million-strong print collection after securing it at an auction in west London.

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Key inscription boosts 1891 copy of Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

18 November 2019

While the binding, with Charles Ricketts’ familiar gilt design on the front cover, is not in the best of conditions, an inscription on the half-title of this example of one of the 250 large paper copies of Oscar Wilde’s 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' published by Ward Lock in 1891 ensured that it set an auction record.

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Star decorators from Desire Leroy to Joseph Bailey

18 November 2019

The talented Sèvres factory decorator Desire Leroy (1840-1908) came to the United Kingdom in 1878 to take up an appointment at Minton in Staffordshire. However, he is perhaps best known for his work at the Royal Crown Derby where he worked from 1890, aged 50, until his death in 1908.

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Lambarde on Anglo-Saxon laws

18 November 2019

A rare work by William Lambarde, the antiquarian, writer on legal subjects and author of the first county history, A Perambulation of Kent of 1576, was another highlight from the library of the late Eric Stanley, professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford (see reports in previous ATGs).

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Pick of the week: Porthia Prints take pride of place

18 November 2019

An archive of material relating to Porthia Prints, a short-lived company that harnessed the talents of a host of St Ives artists, proved a sell-out success at Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made auction in Fitzrovia, London. The 24-lot section of original designs and textiles came for sale ‘from an important St Ives artist’s estate’.

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Wolley winds up to £4800

18 November 2019

Most regionally made Georgian oak longcase clocks can now be bought for under £500 but this example is by a highly regarded and collectable maker: John Wolley or Woolley (c.1738-95) of Codnor, Derbyshire.

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Licence to kill a Bond book

18 November 2019

Instruction from author Fleming was thankfully not followed and first issue survives.

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Unsentimental decision to split Queen Anne silver tazza and tankard after 300 years together

18 November 2019

Although the catalogue noted the rarity of a Queen Anne silver tazza and tankard having been together for more than 300 years, they were offered separately at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Dorotheum saleroom’s seven heaven

18 November 2019

Dorotheum (28/25/22/18% buyer’s premium) in Vienna could boast two seven-figure prices in as many days, including the highest Austrian auction price of this year so far.

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Jewels come in from the cold at £68,000

18 November 2019

Thirty pieces of antiquarian jewellery discovered next to a joint of meat in an old freezer were sold for £68,000 at Kidson-Trigg near Highworth, Swindon.

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Einstein surprise at Stuttgart auction

18 November 2019

One of the biggest surprises at Nagel’s (33% buyer’s premium) sale in Stuttgart on October 16-17 came right at the end of the auction.

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Marine sale that stays buoyant

18 November 2019

Appetite remains for biannual specialist auction which is still a stalwart of the calendar.

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Napoleon rides high in the Cotswolds

18 November 2019

Robert Hillingford (1826-1904) was a Victorian painter of historical scenes, whose subjects included the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon, as well as scenes taken from Shakespearean plays.

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