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The Open Art Fair goes ahead – but closes after two days

23 March 2020

The Open Art Fair, the new incarnation of what was the annual BADA fair in Chelsea, opened in hugely difficult circumstances on Wednesday March 18.

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The biggest of bids for the biggest of Staite Murray pots

23 March 2020

The recent sale of Clarice Cliff, Art Deco & Design at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included 27 works by the studio potter William Staite Murray (1881-1962).

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Go With Noakes: Rozenburg collection sold in Dorset

23 March 2020

The collection of Rozenburg pottery and porcelain belonging to the late children’s television presenter John Noakes (1934-2017) was sold at a recent auction in Dorchester.

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A Queen Anne-style giltwood dressing mirror and a First World War propeller chair are among four lots to watch this week

23 March 2020

With estimates from £1000-10,000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week that you can view and bid for remotely.

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Rare photos of Alaskan ‘Gold Rush' bid to over 25-times estimate

23 March 2020

An album of 35 photographs relating to the Alaskan ‘Gold Rush’ of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries sold for £1900 rather than the estimate of £50-70 in a recent North Yorkshire sale.

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News In Brief – including a rise in the number of Treasure declarations

23 March 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including new figures from the British Museum about the number of items deemed to be Treasure found by the UK public.

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TEFAF Maastricht – why the show went on

23 March 2020

The world's leading art and antiques fair shuts early but dealers report significant sales at testing time

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Hawk bell recalls sad story of Duleep Singh

23 March 2020

There was no shortage of desirable names among the 1370-lot Fine & Decorative three-day sale at Kingham & Orme (23% buyer’s premium), such as Charles Ashbee, Omar Ramsden, Lalique, Christopher Dresser and William de Morgan.

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Spode service heads to US

23 March 2020

With supply generally exceeding demand for Spode services – such was their abundance on tables of the 19th century middle class – prices at auction remain modest.

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Kashmir woollen design is surprise top seller as a family estate comes to Yorkshire auction

23 March 2020

Long unseen material from the country home of an ancient English family brought some estimate-demolishing five-figure bids at Morphets (17.5% buyer’s premium) including a genuine sleeper.

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Egg tempera creates a Plummer cracker

23 March 2020

Although championed by Stanley Spencer and the poet and critic Herbert Read, Francis Plummer (1930-2019) is a name few will have heard of.

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Austen firsts star in US

23 March 2020

First editions of all of Jane Austen’s major works featured in a sale last month held by Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Sale drives towards a sell-out

23 March 2020

With just five of the 630 lots of toys and models failing to get away and an £80,000 total well above top hopes, Special Auctions Services’ Newbury sale was, said auctioneer Hugo Marsh, “just like the old days – even better”.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1500 including a Rosalie Emslie watercolour

23 March 2020

Three works selling at regional sales below £1500, including a Rosalie Emslie watercolour.

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Drawing on expertise of Fitzwilliam director

23 March 2020

Two Italian Mannerist chalk drawings emerged as the top sellers in a section of Old Master drawings and prints at Cirencester saleroom Dominic Winter.

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Huge competition for Chinese export plates with Jacobite Highlands scenes

23 March 2020

Among the most recognisable of all the famille rose porcelain designs produced in China for export to Europe are the so-called ‘Scotsmen’ or ‘Highlander’ plates.

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Advertising – a market on the move

23 March 2020

A collection of automaton advertising signs formed for two dedicated enthusiasts over a 10-year period was offered in a sale on March 12 at the Drouot auction centre in Paris held by Auction Art Rémy le Fur (27% inc. tax buyer’s premium).

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Bid Barometer: issue 2435

23 March 2020

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period March 12-18, 2020. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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‘A crapshooter throwing dice’

23 March 2020

Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), an American Abstract artist and member of the New York School, was born in Kansas City. He worked at a ceramics factory in his youth, an experience that heavily influenced his tactile methods of painting.

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Portraits of mystery young women catch the eye in auctions

23 March 2020

Two alluring early-20th century British school portraits of attractive young women caught the eye in recent regional sales. Both modestly estimated, they brought similar four-figure sums.

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