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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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Study heads up a Harold Knight selection

28 February 2022

Early works by Harold Knight (1874-1961) are not seen very often at auction but a group of six appeared at Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham at the end of last year.

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Touch of luxury from Palais Royale

14 February 2022

The Palais Royale built for Cardinal Richelieu in 1629 had a variety of uses over the years but in the 18th and early 19th century was rebuilt as a place for public recreation and social gathering.

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If we’re not burning coal any more, what about furniture use?

07 February 2022

Among the more unusual recent lots at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was an early Victorian table carved from parrot coal.

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Toys & collectables: Mini drivers power into saleroom

31 January 2022

Pedal cars are regular visitors to salerooms but rarer powered versions were also produced for children to use, partly for road safety training

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Silver tankard from Canadian admirers of British pluck

31 January 2022

Marked for Savage & Lyman, Montreal, c.1855-60, this silver tankard was awarded to British bare-knuckle boxer Tom Sayers.

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Royal Crown Derby teapot serves up Surrealism thanks to Dalí

31 January 2022

A rare Royal Crown Derby teapot made to a design created by Salvador Dalí surfaced recently at Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) in Stamford.

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Arundel Lion ready to roar again in a new home

24 January 2022

The so-called Arundel Lions were once a well-known landmark in Sheffield.

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Mary Queen of Scots link to bed curtain fragment

17 January 2022

Still a figure of glamour 450 years after her execution, Mary Queen of Scots was reputed to have embroidered the c.16th century fragment of bed curtain sold at Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) at Etwall on December 7.

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Rich pickings from Richmond remains

10 January 2022

Left out of the Christie’s sale 20 years ago, but far from remnant-bag pieces, the 11 early needlework items from the Sir Frederick Richmond collection offered at Gildings (20% buyer’s premium) attracted keen interest from UK collectors and specialist dealers.

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Duo find antiques to be a very noble calling

20 December 2021

New shop was inspired by lessons passed on from grandparents

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Tantalising sketch gives glimpse ‘of a young Francis Bacon’

20 December 2021

Shepeard collection includes a drawing thought to be an unrecorded portrait of the artist

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French style in the Midlands

20 December 2021

Frenchman Thibaut Bizeul, who sells online as Kingsbridge Antiques and Interiors near Matlock and with a predominantly trade warehouse in nearby Haddon Hall at Rowsley, is now back travelling to Europe for stock, despite the added paperwork and associated customs costs.

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Derbyshire: antiques centres in mills and so much more

20 December 2021

Antiques lovers are spoilt for choice in Derbyshire.

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Make it a weekend visit to Lincoln

13 December 2021

Dealer John Pullen organises antiques and collectors’ fairs in and around Lincolnshire.

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Astra mural ready for take-off

06 December 2021

Antiques centre tribute to its RAF base heritage is now ready after pandemic forced a delay

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Facts and figures: a collection formed with the "eye of a man who loved and knew his subject"

29 November 2021

Amassed by the headmaster of one of Britain’s finest public schools, the Silk collection of Staffordshire portrait figures provides a fillip to an overlooked market

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Newlyweds buying Victorian table create a positive feeling for the future

22 November 2021

Most angles on the collecting spectrum were covered in Bamfords’ (24.75% buyer’s premium) three-day autumnal catalogue.

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Chelsea figure with two unusual features turns heads in Derby auction

15 November 2021

A Bamfords (20% buyer’s premium) sale included this 3¼in (34cm) tall Chelsea figure from the Red Anchor Senses set created by the Low Countries sculptor Joseph Willems (1710-66), in c.1755.

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Squirrels surprise in Stamford

15 November 2021

At a recent sale at Stamford Auction Rooms (20% buyer’s premium) in Lincolnshire this pair of mid-19th century Staffordshire red squirrels sold for a surprise £2000.

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