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Churchill: if looks could kill…

06 July 2020

Though largely made up of books, the star turn in a US sale of 100 lots called ‘Churchill in Charge’ was a portrait by the photographer usually known simply as Karsh. The sale was inspired by the 80th anniversary of his assuming the office of Britain’s Prime Minister.

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Roman altar stands out among highlights of revamped art week

06 July 2020

More than 400 online enquiries came through the 'London Art Week' (LAW) website during its preview day last Thursday as it kicked off a new virtual format.

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Auction previews: issue 2450

06 July 2020

Sixteen upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Portobello dealer’s collection of kitchenalia and more proves a sell-out at Newbury auction

06 July 2020

Joan Dunk (1930-2019) was a Portobello Road market stalwart. Her stall, for decades an outside pitch on the corner of Westbourne Grove, was affectionately known as IDA – the trade name of an early 20th century German kitchen equipment manufacturer which she adapted to mean ‘Interesting Domestic Appliances’.

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First steps of Millet appear at Fontainebleau auction

06 July 2020

This pastel by the Barbizon school artist Jean-François Millet (1814-75) is one of the highlights in the Esprit du XIXème Siècle auction at Osenat in Fontainebleau on July 19.

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Italian tureens take centre stage in Swiss saleroom

06 July 2020

In Koller’s mixed-owner auction of furniture and decorative arts, it was a rare example of 18th century Italian silver that took centre stage.

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Electrotype inspired by Warren Cup emerges in Lisbon

06 July 2020

Catalogued as French and late 19th century, this 5in (12cm) drinking vessel offered by Lisbon saleroom Renascimento appears to be an electrotype of the famous Warren Cup.

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Silver: Examples from across the world lead to choice selection at auctions

06 July 2020

Silver made in both Britain and the Continent provides a wide variety for buyers via auctions and dealers across the globe. Here ATG picks out a selection of 13 recent sales and upcoming lots.

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Auctioneers in Dorset and Cornwall benefit from vendors with close links to famous artists

06 July 2020

Consignments from vendors with a close connection to famous artists are always a welcome boon for any auction.

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Sanity returns (with sanitisers)

06 July 2020

Focus on two centres and a Cheshire fair as dealers and organisers encourage visitors

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Obituary: Commemorative ceramics collector Robin Watson Simpson (1940-2020)

06 July 2020

Well known for an encyclopaedic knowledge of British history, Robin Simpson (who died in February) was the leading collector of commemorative ceramics.

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De Morgan sets house record in Fife

06 July 2020

This 12½in (31cm) ruby lustre jar and cover, a textbook piece from William De Morgan’s Sands End Pottery (1888-1907), was the star at a recent sale at Bowler & Binnie (16% buyer’s premium) in Dunfermline.

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Feininger before the oil paintings

06 July 2020

Without the signature and dedication, this crayon and pencil drawing of 'Dorfhaus mit Baum und Randsteinen' (Village House with Tree and Rocks), coming up for sale at Neumeister in Munich on July 16, would be virtually impossible to attribute to its creator.

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Top stories this week – including news of a new auction house for Surrey

05 July 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of former art dealer-turned-auctioneer Buffy Parker launching a saleroom in the centre of Farnham in Surrey.

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German artist’s enigmatic portrait of railway worker makes major auction record at Lempertz

04 July 2020

Albert Birkle (1900-1986) was a German artist who studied in Berlin later moving to Salzburg in Austria. He was part of the ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ or New Objectivity movement of the 1920s.

‘Coming from the Match’ by LS Lowry

Lowry’s rugby crowd posts online-only record for Christie's

03 July 2020

Leading a dedicated sale of works by LS Lowry, a painting believed to be the artist’s only picture relating to a rugby match set the highest price so far at an online-only auction at Christie's.

Airfix Attack Force

Sought-after Airfix set stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

03 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an Airfix scale model Attack Force battle set complete in its original packaging that made over 30-times estimate in Suffolk.

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The show goes on: London Art Week galleries open doors for a modified event

02 July 2020

An impressive Roman funerary altar is among the highlights at London Art Week (LAW), which promises to have much life starting with a preview day on July 2 and opening to the public on July 3.

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From obscurity to TEFAF to the Mauritshuis: portrait reclaims its rightful place in marital diptych

02 July 2020

Portraits of a husband and wife have been reunited after nearly 125 years thanks to a new acquisition by the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

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Appeal to help find stolen wedding ring of elderly care home resident

02 July 2020

The family of an elderly lady in a care home in north London is hoping the antiques and jewellery trade may spot three rings that have been stolen.

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