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Why reclining Morris armchair proved a £7600 Victorian seat of power

17 August 2018

A Morris & Co adjustable armchair brought strong competition at a recent auction in Cumbria. In largely original condition despite some obvious signs of wear and tear, it was taken to 10 times its estimate at PFK Auctioneers before it was knocked down at £7600.

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Stolen 12th century bronze returned to India after spotted at London antiques fair

17 August 2018

A 12th-century Chola bronze, stolen from a museum in India nearly 60 years ago, has been returned to the country after it was discovered at a London antiques fair earlier this year.

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Rossetti the salesman – unrecorded letters from Pre-Raphaelite patron’s collection discovered in house clearance

17 August 2018

A large cache of letters from Victorian artists including founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) have been consigned to Shropshire auctioneers Trevanion & Dean.

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Simon Berti steps down as ATG’s Chairman of Art & Antiques

17 August 2018

Simon Berti, chairman of the Art & Antiques division at Antiques Trade Gazette parent Auction Technology Group, has announced that he is stepping down from his role after 20 years “to explore life beyond auctions”.

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John Spencer-Churchill’s eyewitness painting of Dunkirk evacuation comes to British Art Fair – VIDEO

16 August 2018

John Spencer-Churchill’s (1909-92) depiction of the evacuation of Dunkirk is one of the highlights at the British Art Fair.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh cabinet made for Glasgow tea room entrepreneur makes £11,000

16 August 2018

A cabinet made by Scottish designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) for a Victorian tea room businesswoman has sold for £11,000 at Willingham Auctions in Cambridge.

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Rock star Rod Stewart having a clear out with the help of an Essex auction house

15 August 2018

‘We are selling… we are sellll-iiing…’ as Rod Stewart nearly sang. We all need a good clear-out now and again, even rock stars. Stewart has asked a local auction firm to help out with his.

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Salt water damaged watch owned by a Titanic victim is to be sold by Dallas auction firm Heritage

15 August 2018

A couple emigrating to the US from Russia in the early 20th century was not exactly headline news, but sadly for university graduates Miriam and Sinai Kantor they became part of one of the biggest stories of the day.

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Full steam ahead: 5 pieces of railwayana available at auction this week

15 August 2018

Railway-related items remain one of the staples of the collectables market, with rarity and links to locomotive history among the key factors determining demand. Here ATG selects a small group of items from the healthy supply of lots on offer at two auctions taking place this week.

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Extensive single owner Stuart Devlin silver collection comes to Catherine Southon auction

15 August 2018

In our recent ATG jewellery feature we wrote about how the death of silver designer Stuart Devlin earlier this year and a book he published just beforehand could lead to a reappraisal of his work. When it comes to auctions, a very good market test is coming up soon.

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London as the Duke of Wellington knew it: Museum of London acquires huge panorama from Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

A large 19th century panorama of London, completed towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars, has entered the Museum of London’s permanent collection after the institution acquired it at a recent Sotheby’s auction.

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Pair to the ‘Bainbridge vase’ emerges at Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

The pair to the famous ‘Bainbridge vase’ – knocked down at £43m in 2010 but later sold for half of that sum – is to come to market. Sotheby’s will sell the near identical vase, that has a century-long provenance, in Hong Kong in the autumn.

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A babe, a beast and Edgar Rice Burroughs bring six-figure result for Frazetta painting at US auction

14 August 2018

Frank Frazetta’s painting Escape on Venus does not feature any of the pirates, zombies or ugly communists that appear in the story it accompanies. Still, the picture easily attracted enough attention to make it the top lot at a recent Heritage Auctions sale.

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Hosts of BBC’s Fake or Fortune? left ‘genuinely shocked’ as supposed William Nicholson painting is dismissed by expert

13 August 2018

Art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce of BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to screens last night, arguing that a still-life painting was the work of Modern British artist William Nicholson (1872-1949).

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US and UK trade unite to oppose 25% tariff threat in Trump's trade war

13 August 2018

Dealers and auctioneers in the US and UK are mobilising in the hope of removing works of art from the thousands of items caught up in the escalating US-China trade war.

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Sotheby’s expands New York space by a third

13 August 2018

Renovation project under way in Manhattan will provide ‘powerful marketing advantage for consignors’

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Pick of the Week: Crane leaves them wanting Maw

13 August 2018

The Shropshire pottery, Maw & Co of Jackfield, is best known for the mass production of earthenware tiles and architectural ceramics.

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Shannon collection of jewellery comes toWoolley & Wallis auction

13 August 2018

A major collection of late 19th and early 20th century jewellery amassed by a Buckinghamshire collector over half a century will come to auction this autumn.

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BADA dealers publish open letter in Antiques Trade Gazette to urge sign-ups to ivory ban petition

13 August 2018

Dealers Alastair Gibson and Laura Bordignon have taken an advertisement in this week’s Antiques Trade Gazette calling on the trade to petition the government to widen the ‘de minimus’ exemption for antique ivory objects in a forthcoming law that will restrict their trade.

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Who was Mondo? Japanese art dealer discovers unusual dragon sea king netsuke

13 August 2018

Dealer Rosemary Bandini, who specialises in Japanese netsuke, calls a figure that she sold recently one of her most frustrating yet intriguing discoveries to date.

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