Pick of the Week


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Pick of the week: Collection of pop culture ephemera wows at auction

20 June 2022

A collection of pop culture ephemera and football memorabilia found in a Cotswold bungalow was offered across 390 lots at auction.

John Bellany picture

Pick of the week: The £80,000 picture before Bellany went off the railings

13 June 2022

Works by John Bellany (1942-2013) abound at auction, with at least 2000 pictures sold in the last 10 years.

Racing chronograph

Pick of the week: Wheel time measured by real time machine

06 June 2022

By 1920, as a new era of aero-engined racing cars threatened to break the 100mph barrier, the emerging sport of motor racing required better and more precise time-keeping.

Silver-gilt and porcelain cutlery set

Pick of the week: Tuck into a Meissen and Augsburg treat

30 May 2022

From the very beginning, the Meissen factory sought close trade relations with the Augsburg goldsmiths.

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Pick of the week: Top tables with a touch of Chippendale emerge in Edinburgh

23 May 2022

This pair of satinwood demilune console tables with their fine marquetry and carved details are of exceptional quality and workmanship. The Thomas Chippendale workshop is a good candidate for their manufacture.

Fijian whale ivory hook carving

Pick of the week: Buyer hooked by Fijian whale ivory rarity

16 May 2022

Sperm whale teeth, acquired from mammals that had beached on local reefs, had a deep significance to Fijian society.

Navigational chart

Pick of the week: Taking note of current affairs

09 May 2022

Among the most extraordinary of all navigational charts are the lattice ‘stick maps’ used by Marshall Islanders.

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Pick of the week: Record price for an RAF Victoria Cross

02 May 2022

The Battle of Britain or Dambusters are usually involved when it comes to sizeable Royal Air Force medal results.

A view of Port Adelaide, South Australia

Pick of the week: Gill depicts early days of Port Adelaide

25 April 2022

An early view of Port Adelaide in Australia drew a flurry of overseas interest when it appeared at a recent auction in Massachusetts.

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Pick of the week: Poniatowski fakes gained real appeal

18 April 2022

The story of the Poniatowski gems provided one of the great art scandals of its day.

Staffordshire greyhounds

Pick of the week: ‘The talk of the Staffordshire community’

11 April 2022

As a general rule prices for most pairs of Staffordshire dogs, the quintessential Victorian fireside ornament, have dipped markedly in the past generation.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pick of the week: First look at Sydney Harbour Bridge

04 April 2022

Cyril Arthur Farey (1888-1954) was one of the most renowned British architectural draughtsmen of the 20th century.

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Pick of the week: Primary reasons for appeal of Omega Workshop pots

28 March 2022

Ceramics by the Omega Workshops rose to unprecedented heights on March 17. The Design sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included a small collection of pottery by Roger Fry that came for sale from the former Fulham Road dealer Andrew Harriss.

Gerda Wegener portrait of Lili Elbe

Pick of the week: Record bidding for The Danish Girl

21 March 2022

“At a time when gender, sexuality, identity and roles are being negotiated like never before, the story of Gerda and Einar Wegener has only become more topical despite the almost 100 years that have passed since the artwork was created.”

St Simon terminal spoon

Pick of the week: Henry VIII spoons emerge from storage

14 March 2022

The collecting history of English silver spoons spans well over a century.

Brass and enamel garter stall plaques

Pick of the week: Heraldic plaques found in a wardrobe take £10,000 bid

07 March 2022

Found in a wardrobe during the clearance of a deceased estate in Spalding, ‘a group of four early 19th century French heraldic plaques’ sold way over hopes at Stamford Auction Rooms in Lincolnshire on February 26.

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Pick of the week: Pioneering rail trio took a trip to the US

28 February 2022

Sometimes it pays to look a little further afield.

Garniture

Pick of the week: From China to Peru to London – a bowl that inspired the royal goldsmiths

21 February 2022

This silver-gilt chinoiserie garniture would not have looked out of place at the Brighton Pavilion.

Captain Robert Jenkins portrait

Pick of the week: Franklin connection boosts medal group

14 February 2022

The search for doomed explorer John Franklin grips collectors almost as much as expeditions of discovery themselves.

Chess clock

Pick of the week: Designed to make your move a bit quicker

07 February 2022

With the advent of modern tournament chess in the Victorian era came the issue of game time.

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