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Wildlife sculptures burst into sale life

12 October 2020

A number of wildlife sculptures, a niche sub-set of the Mod Brit art market, have performed well recently – perhaps as a result of the increased love of the natural world experienced by many during the lockdown crossing over into the art market.

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Islamic & Indian art: nine dealer previews for October 2020

12 October 2020

A focus on Indian and Islamic art available to view and buy from dealers taking part in Asian Art in London in late October.

Asian Art in London details and maps for October 2020

12 October 2020

Galleries and Auction houses at this year's 'Asian Art in London' will each have their own requirements for social distancing and all will have hand sanitisers available.

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William Ratcliffe's Camden Town painting comes to Lyon & Turnbull

12 October 2020

A fine example of a work by a member of the Camden Town group will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made sale in London on October 23.

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Islamic & Indian art: 11 auction previews for October 2020

12 October 2020

A wealth of Indian and Islamic art and artefacts are available to view and buy in late October from both participants at Asian Art in London and auction houses whose sales are timed to coincide with the festival.

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Asian Art in London's Islamic & Indian art award nominees for 2020

12 October 2020

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s inaugural Indian and Islamic week have been announced. The Antiques Trade Gazette Award for Outstanding Indian or Islamic Work of Art from an Auction House and the Apollo Award for Outstanding Indian or Islamic Work of Art from a Dealer each have three finalists. Winners will be announced on October 29.

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Collection of restorer and friend to artists Gigi Richter sells in Cambridge

12 October 2020

A collection of pictures and letters by Modern British artists drew solid interest at the latest Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) Art & Design sale in Cambridge.

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Modern British Art: a market benefitting from changing tastes

12 October 2020

The Modern British art sector is now one of the most vibrant in the market and represent a good slice of business for both auction houses and dealers

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Korean helmet and Tongan war club

05 October 2020

Two lots from Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Leyburn on September 4. The 17th century Korean leather and steel helmet sold to a South Korean buyer for £4800.

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Exceptional European firearms excel

05 October 2020

Thomas Del Mar (25% buyer’s premium) brightened the end of the summer season in London on July 30 with a 300–lot sale of arms and armour.

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Castle hosts selected rather than huge sale

05 October 2020

The Munich auction house Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) is renowned for its huge multi-catalogue sales series, but on September 25 it mounted a special, selected sale of works of art held at Schloss Greding, south of Nuremburg.

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Head turners

05 October 2020

Two eye-catching but very different armours, one suited to royal palace style and the other more to purist taste, captured bidders’ attention at a London sale.

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Zeus shield and grotesque mask armour

05 October 2020

Armour made a strong showing at the sale held in Sarzana by Italian arms specialist Czerny (20% buyer’s premium) on September 19.

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Bowie knives evoke pioneer spirit

05 October 2020

At Morphy Auction (20% buyer’s premium) in Denver, Pennsylvania, on August 19 it was an exceptional example of an icon of the pioneering life that had everyone expecting some strong bidding.

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‘Father of the RAF’ swords

05 October 2020

Lawrences’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Crewkerne on September 10 featured three swords that came to auction from the family of the ‘Father of the RAF’: Viscount Trenchard GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO (1873-1956).

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Fancy decoration for a helmet used in the field

05 October 2020

A north Italian close helmet for field use, c.1550-60, with etched decoration which made £13,000 at Thomas Del Mar (25% buyer’s premium) on July 30.

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Sporting guns spark sale interest

05 October 2020

This 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector by James Purdey & Sons sold for £14,000 at the Gavin Gardiner (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Pulborough on September 2.

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Ideal if you take a shot in the dark

05 October 2020

Firearms curiosa have long been a fascinating avenue for the collector to explore and this intriguing combined flintlock and lamp of c.1800 made €8500 (£7800) at Czerny (20% buyer’s premium) on September 19.

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Eastern highlights

05 October 2020

This 19th century Indian knife with a shaped and carved horn handle comes in its original morocco case.

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The paper trail: 12 works on paper available from dealers or upcoming auctions

28 September 2020

The term ‘works on paper’ encompasses a diverse range of media from the drawings that offer a glimpse into an artist’s creative process to prints, posters, ephemera and documents. Pictured here is a section of items available to buy from dealers or bid for at auction.

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