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Peach of a lot consigned in a plastic bag attracts 100 bids

26 July 2021

Very much to current collecting taste is the 6½in (16.5cm) ‘peach bloom’ saucer dish shown here, offered by Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) on July 3.

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Republican pieces spotted within lots of plates

26 July 2021

Aficionados of later Chinese porcelain who happened to stumble on a lot of ‘collector’s plates’ at Unique Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Lincoln would have been excited to spot two fine artist-signed Republic period pieces.

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Lincolnshire showcase to replace London visit this year

21 June 2021

Over the weekend of June 25-27, Lincolnshire dealer Hansord had planned to be in west London exhibiting at 'The Art and Antiques Fair Olympia'.

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Rolex Daytona is £30 bargain in lockdown

14 June 2021

In these days of the internet search engine and the live bidding platform, it is reassuring to know that bargains are still out there.

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Taking off again at Hemswell

17 May 2021

Michael Mills and his family, the new owners of the now renamed Antiques & Retro Antiques Centre at Hemswell Cliff, launched their business on May 1.

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Porter’s oak chair for guarding in comfort brings strong bidding at Batemans

17 May 2021

Intended to keep servants warm in the draughty watches of day and night at the entrances to grand houses, this porter’s chair was bought at Christie’s in 1989 and used in the vendor’s living room ever since.

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Lincolnshire’s Hemswell gets a newly refurbished and renamed antiques centre

29 April 2021

A newly refurbished antiques centre will open this weekend under new management at Hemswell in Lincolnshire.

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Hemswell Antique Centres boss shares “crazy" experience of lockdown

22 March 2021

“Due to our digital presence with our website, social media and the live virtual shopping tours I have been conducting all over the world my skeleton team of 10 staff have been kept extremely busy.”

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Cracking result, second time

15 March 2021

This 22-carat gold and enamel egg was the largest of a baker’s dozen made by Garrard in 1983 for a treasure hunt organised by Cadbury’s.

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Bidders eager to compete for market-fresh material from Warwickshire manor

22 February 2021

Until its sale last year, Newbold Pacey Hall had been the seat of the Little family since the house was built by William Little in c.1780-90.

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Country house auctions on the way this month

18 January 2021

Golding Young & Mawer is to offer the untouched collection of a Warwickshire country house at the end of the month.

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Antiques centre owner warns others of thieves’ technique after sky light break-in

21 October 2020

The owner of an antiques centre has warned others to be vigilant and take extra precautions after being broken into via a sky light.

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Classy canes draw interest in regional sales

31 August 2020

This sailor’s walking cane below displays many elements of the scrimshander’s art: a whalebone shaft carved with spiral fluting, collars inlaid with shell from the hawksbill turtle and a handle carved as a dove from the tooth of a sperm whale.

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Batavian box gives buyer something to chew on

24 August 2020

The centuries-old Indonesian habit of chewing betel nut, the fruit of the reach palm, was quickly adopted by settlers from the Dutch East India Company who appreciated both its psychoactive properties and its importance as a local social ritual.

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Two collections of football programmes at auction surge over estimates

10 August 2020

While Manchester United and early FA Cup match programmes often make the big money at auction, a group on offer at a West Sussex saleroom showed that far less famous names can also make the running.

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Sharp eyes spot top blade at Grantham auction

27 April 2020

Ken tanto, distinguished by double-edged blades, are one of the rarer styles of Japanese sword. Most were made as Buddhist ritual implements rather than weapons and are decorated accordingly.

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Collectable inkwell makes over ten-times estimate in Lincoln

20 April 2020

Novelty inkwells such as this one modelled as a miniature six-bolt diving helmet and corselet were made by the Siebe Gorman works in Chessington, south-west London, as promotional giveaways or gifts to staff on employment milestones or retirement.

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Geoffroy shows his touch of class

09 March 2020

The artist Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy (1853-1924), known as ‘Géo’, was a member of the French Naturalist movement and was best known for his paintings of Parisian children and daily urban life.

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Hemswell Antique Centres in Lincolnshire gives its dealers a helping hand to go digital

27 January 2020

On first appearance, Hemswell Antique Centres is your traditional dealer collective, only with more space and dealers than any other centre in Europe.

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Remarkable mustard pots from Shennan collection turn heads at Evesham sale

13 January 2020

The sale at Kingham & Orme (20% buyer’s premium) in Evesham on December 6-7 included the second instalment of the remarkable Shennan collection of silver mustard pots, this time featuring examples made in the reigns of George IV to Victoria (1821-1901).