Roseberys

Roseberys is an auction house based in South London. They hold general and specialist sales at their West Norwood saleroom in areas including Islamic & Indian art, Modern & Contemporary pictures and vintage fashion and antique textiles.

The firm was founded in 1987 by Ian Cadzow who formerly worked at both Phillips and Sotheby’s. Roseberys launched a subsidiary venture Vertu@Roseberys in 2016 to host online-only timed auctions.


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Chinese porcelain in demand as medallion bowls bid to 260-times estimate in Glasgow

17 January 2022

Perhaps the most identifiable production of the Daoguang period (1820-50) of the Qing empire is the medallion bowl.

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Bezoars made much easier to stomach

17 January 2022

Bezoars (from the Persian pād-zahr meaning ‘poison antidote’) are the calcified concretion found in the stomachs of some animals. Prized for their supposed medicinal properties, until the Enlightenment science at the beginning of the 18th century they could sell for more than their weight in gold.

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Moon flask slips away just below estimate

17 January 2022

Qianlong moon flasks of this type are based on Ming dynasty prototypes that in turn were inspired by early Persian drinking vessels traded along the Silk Road.

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Tiepolo at the double

10 January 2022

It is thought that Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770) executed at least a hundred drawings featuring the Punchinelli, the hook-nosed, humpbacked clowns which were central to the commedia dell’arte. Jonathan Franks reports.

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Greek shippers deliver further highlights to London

10 January 2022

While the Tiepolo drawing caused the biggest stir at the Roseberys (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) November 17 sale (see separate story in this edition), there were several other notable results, writes Jonathan Franks.

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Knight and Bomberg as war artists

03 January 2022

In 1946 the artist Laura Knight (1877-1970) was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee to create a painting of the Nuremberg Trials.

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Signed by artist or patron?

13 December 2021

Among a number of Indian miniatures causing a stir at London sales this autumn was a painting of a camel and its rider.

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Woodblock print sails in to south London

18 October 2021

This Katsushika Hokusai woodblock print from the series Hyakunin isshu uba ga enoki (The Hundred Poems as Told by the Nurse) is titled Poem by Fujiwara No Toshiyuki Ason.

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Eastern promise: Asian Art in London award nominees announced

18 October 2021

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s East Asian art season have been announced.

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Daoguang famille rose ‘medallion’ bowls pledge prosperity and longevity

18 October 2021

This pair of yellow-ground famille rose ‘medallion’ bowls from the Daoguang period (1830-50) have marks for Shendetang Zhi (Hall of Prudent Virtue).

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Asian art auction previews: Burner as a bird

11 October 2021

Roseberys’ sale of Islamic, Indian Art & Antiquities on October 26 includes this large Seljuq bronze incense burner modelled in the form of a bird.

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Writing desk demand is a sign of revival

20 September 2021

Prices for good-quality writing desks continue to recover – as was evident when a George II example more than tripled top hopes.

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New faces and updates across auction houses in the UK and US

07 July 2021

This week’s Movers & Shakers includes a new specialist for Roseberys’ Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples department.

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Chinese ritual wine vessel has considerable animal attraction

05 July 2021

Based on Warring States (475-225BC) archetypes, archaistic bronze ritual wine vessels, zun, formed as tapirs became popular during the Northern Song period, remained so through to the Qing dynasty, and are major draws in Western salerooms today.

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Dutch depictions at the double at Roseberys

21 June 2021

Among a number of historic portraits at West Norwood saleroom Roseberys in the auction of Old Master & 19th Century Pictures on July 20 is this painting of a man wearing a fur collar, white lace ruff and a skull cap, below.

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Elkington flagon emerges at Roseberys

21 June 2021

Roseberys’ Fine & Decorative auction in south London on July 21 includes, estimated at £500-1000, this large mid 19th century electroplated flagon by Elkington & Co.

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Double Islamic and Indian interest

07 June 2021

Shown here are two highlights from sales of Islamic & Indian art held by London salerooms recently.

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Beastly bronze vessel

03 May 2021

The sale at Roseberys London on May 18 includes this gold and silver-inlaid bronze tapir-form zun dated to the Yuan or early Ming period.

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Beatrix Potter pottery by Grimwade’s

26 April 2021

Not to be confused with the modern Peter Rabbit series by Wedgwood, much scarcer teawares were made by the Grimwade’s factory in the 1920s.

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