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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Micromosaic panels in two US auctions

13 May 2019

These two 19th century micromosaic panels feature in different US auctions this month.

Sir David Tang

Collection of ‘London’s best-connected man’ Sir David Tang come to auction in Sussex

11 May 2019

Hong Kong businessman, philanthropist and socialite Sir David Tang, who died in August 2017, was a luxury goods entrepreneur who mixed with the rich and famous and counted members of the royal family as his friends.

Michael Ayrton

Jerwood Collection buys Michael Ayrton picture from Hertfordshire council auction at Cheffins

10 May 2019

The Jerwood Collection of Modern British art has emerged as the buyer of ‘Encounter No 1’, an oil painting by Michael Ayrton (1921-75). After selling at the recent auction it will now go on public view.

John Singer Sargent watercolour

Fresh-to-market John Singer Sargent watercolours emerge at Skinner auction

09 May 2019

Two watercolours by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) that have been in a private American collection for nearly a century have emerged will be offered at an auction in Boston this week. One of them was described in the artist’s catalogue raisonée as “one of the most subtle and beautiful of Sargent’s architectural studies”.

Settee

Sofa where Edward Prince of Wales met Wallis Simpson comes to auction in Northamptonshire

08 May 2019

The 'love seat' said to have played a part in the abdication crisis of 1936 is to be offered at auction this week at Humbert & Ellis.

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Magnificent results for Suleyman portrait and two Safavid carpets in latest Islamic art auction series

06 May 2019

One of the few images of a 16th century Eastern potentate by a Western artist emerged from a ‘royal collection’ to sell for a multi-estimate sum at Sotheby’s.

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Pick of the week: Du Maurier dazzles as buyers worldwide snap up all 354 lots of writer's archive

06 May 2019

A manuscript for Rebecca and a favourite typewriter were among the top lots in a collection of objects and ephemera once owned by author and playwright Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) sold at Rowley’s in Ely (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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John Sandon stands down at Bonhams after 44 years in pots

06 May 2019

After 44 years working as an auction house specialist, John Sandon has chosen to retire from his post as international director of glass and British ceramics at Bonhams.

Nick Powner and son James

Lymington Auctions takes on George Kidner rooms

06 May 2019

A toy specialist and his son have bought the former auction house of George Kidner in Hampshire and will relaunch auctions and open an antiques centre on the site.

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Spicer breathes new life into East Yorkshire fine art auctions

06 May 2019

The fine art auction business of Dee Atkinson & Harrison in Yorkshire has been renamed Spicers by former employee Andrew Spicer.

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Reminder of a female pilot’s wartime bravery at auction in Kent

06 May 2019

A flying log book belonging to one of the female pilots of the Air Training Auxiliary (ATA) who became famous for ferrying planes in the Second World War has been sold at Kent saleroom C&T.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Soviet propaganda poster, a 1916 Irish Proclamation and a landscape by Lowry’s tutor

06 May 2019

With estimates from £30-150,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Mother and child painting by French Vietnamese artist emerges at Special Auction Services

06 May 2019

Special Auction Services of Newbury will offer a painting by French Vietnamese artist Le Pho (1907- 2001) at its May 8 sale.

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William Ratcliffe lays out the case for his talents

06 May 2019

An interior scene by one of the lesser-known members of the Camden Town Group shone in a Modern and Post War British Art sale at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) in west London on April 16.

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Traditional ceramics head to London auctions in the latest formats

06 May 2019

While Sotheby’s and Christie’s no longer hold regular dedicated auctions of European ceramics, they still cater for elements of this market in their main centres worldwide via series of mixed-discipline traditional decorative arts auctions.

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Meiji period monkey figure offered at Fieldings

06 May 2019

This Meiji period (1868-1912) bronze of a comical seated monkey, holding an inro and netsuke that he inspects by lifting a pair of spectacles was a recent valuation day find for Fieldings of Stourbridge.

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More Lowestoft at Keys includes rare inkwell

06 May 2019

Keys’ fine sale on July 24-26 will include more examples of porcelain from the local Lowestoft factory.

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Dearth of dedicated sales but rich pickings still emerge at multi-discipline auctions

06 May 2019

While dedicated sales of English and Continental ceramics are rarer beasts in the saleroom calendar these days, the traditional mixed-discipline regional sales are a repository for plenty of material from the main factories of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Kangxi famille verte vase offered at Halls

06 May 2019

Halls’ Country House & Asian Art sale in Shrewsbury on May 15 will include a 21in (54cm) Kangxi famille verte vase decorated with a panorama of Asiatic birds, butterflies and dragonflies.

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Lyon & Turnbull offer illustrations commissioned by missionary in Shanghai

06 May 2019

James Ware (1859-1913), a merchant navy captain, turned to missionary work following his arrival in Shanghai.

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