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Famous Skegness Jolly Fisherman comes bracing into view in the bottom corner of a rare poster

22 July 2024

The original Skegness Is So Bracing showing the ‘Jolly Fisherman’ dancing along a beach has become one of the most famous railway posters in the world.

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Fragmented figures at the double

22 July 2024

Carved wooden sculptural fragments are a market strength.

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Olympic Games posters that feature innovative design

22 July 2024

The 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics were the first Games to be staged in Latin America.

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Vernacular furniture on the rise thanks to 'quirky and charming' appeal

22 July 2024

Furniture and objects associated with a rustic or farmhouse aesthetic have gained popularity in recent decades.

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'Exceedingly scarce' wool weight triples estimate in Suffolk

22 July 2024

This William III bronze wool weight cast with the royal arms is more than twice the size of most, weighing in at 14lb.

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A fitting testament to dealer Tobias Jellinek

22 July 2024

The much-anticipated auction of the personal collection of Tobias Jellinek (1934-2023) was held on the afternoon of June 19 at Bishop & Miller (25% buyer’s premium) in East Anglia.

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Posters created as political expression in Communist-run Poland

22 July 2024

Roman Cieślewicz (1930-96) and Jan Lenica (1928-2001) were both founders of the Polish School of Posters, the influential and creative artistic movement that sprang up under strict Soviet rule.

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Bed comes to rest as buyer in Sweden secures oak furniture in Stowmarket sale

22 July 2024

The survival rate for 16th century and earlier furniture is much lower than that of 17th century examples.

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Oak & Folk: Survival instinct for a market focused on quality

22 July 2024

Despite being buffeted by the winds of fashion, period oak furniture still holds considerable appeal for homeowners thanks to innate appeal and timeless quality, as recent auction results indicate

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Best of British posters: classic film designs beyond Bond

22 July 2024

A preserved and framed collection with a great provenance dispersed at auction showed the wider strength of a market often dominated by the familiar stars

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Storr salts bear similarities to the Pembroke Service

15 July 2024

A striking pair of William IV silver open salts by Paul Storr (London 1835) came for sale at Chorley’s (28.2% buyer’s premium inc VAT) latest biannual sale of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Gold and Watches.

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Spoon by the famous Haslewood silversmithing family comes to sale as a rare Norwich survivor

15 July 2024

A rare example of Norfolk Charles I silver – a seal-top spoon made by the patriarch of the famous Haslewood silversmithing dynasty – sold for £3600 at a recent sale of Silver and Objects of Vertu at Chiswick Auctions (26% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Heart and sold: Henry VIII spoon impresses at Canterbury auction

15 July 2024

A Henry VIII silver and parcel gilt apostle spoon, stamped to the stem with a distinctive maker’s mark of a heart in a conforming heart and dated London 1532, caused quite a stir when it appeared at Canterbury Auction Galleries (25% buyer’s premium).

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Silver: Promising signs for market as metal prices rebound

15 July 2024

The market has certainly been challenging but recent results allied with metal prices give encouraging grounds for optimism

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Raise a toast to transatlantic and Toon tankards on offer

15 July 2024

Dreweatts’ (26/25% buyer’s premium) Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objects of Vertu sale of June 18 offered only 35 lots of silver but all were good quality and many rare in form.

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Church sells gift from its opening

15 July 2024

As previewed in ATG No 2648, Bonhams’ Fine Decorative Arts sale at New Bond Street on July 5 featured this rare Elizabethan silver-gilt tankard, London 1592, with maker’s mark 'IB' possibly for John Brodie (Brode), or John Bottomley.

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Novelty lighter sells at 11 times estimate in Glasgow auction

15 July 2024

This table lighter offered by Great Western Auctions (24% buyer’s premium) of Glasgow in the Summer Two Day Fine Art & Antiques Auction had marks for the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co, London 1916, making it one of the earliest of its type.

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Georgian ring flagged up and locket with mourning glory

01 July 2024

The Fine Jewellery sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on July 10-11 features many fine antique items such as these two documentary pieces.

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Buyers connect with an assortment of Arts & Crafts belt buckles sold recently at auction

01 July 2024

A collection of close to 100 Arts & Crafts belt buckles formed just part of the remarkable Anthony Gardner collection sold by Bellmans (25% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, on April 16.

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Picq your interest in the Parisian designer

01 July 2024

The Parisian workshop of Henri Picq does not have quite the name recognition of Cartier or LaCloche, but it was nonetheless responsible for supplying both houses with some of the most exceptional jewellery of the early 20th century.

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