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Church silver raises the roof at Mass

05 February 2001

Silverware from Quincy Church US: WHEN the United First Parish Church of Quincy, Mass., established as the Braintree Church in 1639, was forced to choose between keeping a roof overhead or selling ecclesiastical silver so valuable that it was rarely used, the congregation voted to sell the silver.

Martyred bishops fire collectors’ enthusiasm

05 February 2001

UK: THE Norfolk auctioneers end their year with a typical 1400-lot, something-for-everyone sale aimed at the budget-conscious end of the market.

Closures encourage trend for smaller auction houses

01 February 2001

UK: PROVINCIAL auctions have come full circle with the increasing re-emergence of smaller auction houses from the shadow of the big four.

TIAS quit EBay deal, blaming poor sales and low prices

01 February 2001

A WEEK after ICollector announced a major online bidding deal with EBay, TIAS, the Houston-based Web mall claiming the largest “fixed price” source of antiques and collectables on the Internet, have withdrawn from a similar arrangement.

Phones ’aint what they used to be

01 February 2001

GERMANY: Telecommunication items sold at Auction Team Breker in Cologne included another great rarity: a Telefon-Globe Hide-A-Phone‚ manufactured c.1928.

The toast of society…

01 February 2001

Albert L. Marsh, a young inventor from Illinois, was granted a patent in 1906 for his discovery of an alloy that would only oxidize and burn up after many thousands of heating cycles.

Bidding farewell after 56 years

01 February 2001

UK: Veteran auctioneer Jim Collingridge of Christie’s South Kensington retired last month after a 56-year career at the rostrum.

Queen Anne bureau bookcase

01 February 2001

UK: Early walnut is all about colour and choice of veneer, and this Queen Anne bureau bookcase 7ft 10in high by 5ft 9in wide (2.38 x 1.06) scored highly on both counts at the Partridge Green salerooms of Rupert Toovey on January 19.

Sports Memorabilia

01 February 2001

As most followers of the genre know, auctions of sporting memorabilia are one field where the ‘collectable’ epithet carries equal, or arguably even heavier weight than the ‘antique’ one.

A Parisienne takes a provincial promenade

29 January 2001

FRANCE: A LOUIS XVI mahogany gueridon with three scrolled legs, stamped Molitor, sold to the French trade in Dijon on December 9 for Fr1.6m (£150,000), five times estimate – even though the table was in indifferent condition, having been recovered from a local attic.

Present in 1910, still going strong

29 January 2001

UK: QUITE possibly starting its long career as a Christmas present for a child, this Steiff teddy bear was the familiar target of collectors at the Horsham rooms of Latimers (15 per cent buyer’s premium) on December 14, the second of a two-day dispersal at this new addition to the Sussex auction world.

Stories in stone – a definitive work

29 January 2001

Identifying Marble by Jacques Dubarry de Lassale, published in English by Editions H. Vial, Dourdain, France and distributed by Hilmarton Manor Press of Calne, Wilts. tel: 01249 760208 fax: 01249 760379 email: mailorder@hilmartonpress.co.uk ISBN 2851010654 £95.00 hb.

Local man loses head after backing a loser in a ‘wondrous plot’

29 January 2001

UK: A VOLUME containing a dozen reports, tracts and pamphlets relating to the 18th century trial of a local man, Aylsham lawyer Christopher Layer, went to Jarndyce at £400 in this first Aylsham sale of the year.

Lustres are Hove highlights

29 January 2001

UK: DECORATIVE pieces stood out at this 1000-lot £104,000 sale of 1000 basically general lots.

The kingpin of pens

29 January 2001

Namiki: The Art of Japanese Lacquer Pens by Julia Hutt and Stephen Overbury, published by Pens Unlimited Inc. of Toronto and distributed through The Battersea Pen Home, PO Box 6128, Epping CM18 4GG, www.penhome.com tel: 0870 900 1888; email: info@penhome.com ISBN 0968643507. £120 hb.

The very model of a British map...

29 January 2001

UK: THE Travel sale held by Sotheby’s on December 14 included a fine collection of what are known as ‘Lafreri-School’ maps, the product of a remarkable flowering of cartographic arts that took place in Rome and Venice, c.1540-70.

Don’t mess with Sophocles

29 January 2001

US: THE PIRACY collection mentioned above was not the only sale held by Christie’s East on December 12. Three important Hemingway lots which formed part of a general sale are described below, and in Antiques Trade Gazette No. 1472 I featured works by Ayn Rand, among them two works on Hollywood, published whilst she was still a young woman in Russia, which sold well.

Davis signature works its magic into Sixties Royal Worcester

29 January 2001

Modern ceramics in keen demand by collectors and dealers UK: A HIGH turnover of £500-1000 lots in Lawrences' auction of Antique Furniture and Effects on December 5, 6 and 7 contributed more to the £255,000 sale total than any individual high-value entries on a day when, unusually at a provincial sale, the strongest prices came for ceramics – British, Oriental and European – rather than for the furniture entries.

Blyton’s Famous Five give the Shire folk a run for their money

29 January 2001

UK: THE FIRST Tolkiens of 2001 combined to add £11,000 to the takings at this Bath sale.

Creases and stains are no bar to Bounty book hunters

29 January 2001

UK: ONE CHART was very creased and there was a stain on the frontispiece that penetrated to the title page and early leaves, but the copy of Bligh’s Narrative of the Mutiny on [the...] Bounty offered in Carlisle was a tightly bound copy of the 1790 first edition in a contemporary binding of quarter calf and marbled boards, and it sold at £3150.

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