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Historic gas lamps win temporary reprieve after campaign led by antiques dealers

27 January 2022

Two antiques dealers and their supporters campaigning for Westminster Council to stop removing historic gas lamps have won a temporary reprieve.

Sloane Street Auctions

Art dealer launches auctions to be staged in Chelsea

24 January 2022

Fine art dealer Daniel Hunt has launched an auction business opposite his former dealership in Sloane Street.

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Swords of honour: a presentation trio

24 January 2022

A Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund sword of £100 value took the honours at a Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) sale of arms and armour.

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The web shop window: print of Fleet Street

24 January 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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A Rackham wonderland at Sotheby's online auction

24 January 2022

Offered at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in an online sale that ran until December 1 under the title of The Fantasy World of Arthur Rackham was a collection of 31 original ink and watercolour artworks by the artist from the collection of American photographer Shirley Carter Burden (1908-89).

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5 Questions: watch specialist Leslie Fleischman

24 January 2022

Leslie Fleischman runs Vintage Watch Room London, which specialises in 20th century watches marketed as ‘both affordable and stylish’.

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Three pieces of eye-catching armour sold this season

24 January 2022

The most unusual armour lot to emerge in recent sales was the late 16th century German brass parade cuirass which made £86,000 at Thomas Del Mar (20% buyer’s premium) in London on December 8.

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Pickwick parts add up to £40,000

24 January 2022

Superb set of the Dickens classic was painstakingly assembled as originally issued

Sloane Street Auctions

Industry updates: New auction house launched by art dealer and Bonhams continues European expansion

20 January 2022

The latest Movers and Shakers news across the world of art and antiques.

Waistel Cooper pot

Fine Art Society promotes studio potter Waistel Cooper

17 January 2022

The first half of a single-owner collection of more than 100 works by British studio potter Waistel Cooper (1921-2003) is on offer at the Fine Art Society.

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Indian & Islamic garments prove to be auction talismans

17 January 2022

Indian talismanic shirts or Qur’an jama were believed to carry protective powers.

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Ruskin’s Venice by Moonlight sparkles on Scarborough sale day

17 January 2022

Grand Canal sketch has provenance to artist’s student who became a renowned collector

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Chinese porcelain in demand as medallion bowls bid to 260-times estimate in Glasgow

17 January 2022

Perhaps the most identifiable production of the Daoguang period (1820-50) of the Qing empire is the medallion bowl.

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Bezoars made much easier to stomach

17 January 2022

Bezoars (from the Persian pād-zahr meaning ‘poison antidote’) are the calcified concretion found in the stomachs of some animals. Prized for their supposed medicinal properties, until the Enlightenment science at the beginning of the 18th century they could sell for more than their weight in gold.

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Soldier's scroll paintings turn out to be lucrative birthday presents

17 January 2022

Leading a recent Woolley & Wallis' (25/12% buyer’s premium) sale in Salisbury were two scroll paintings by well-known 20th century Chinese artists that came by descent from Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (1883-1950).

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Little Chelsea fair on hold but all go in Dorking

17 January 2022

Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fairs’ organiser Jane Alexander says that her long-planned Little Chelsea Decorative Arts and Antiques Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall is on hold for the time being.

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David Hockney’s reality check as unrecorded copy of etching emerges at Bonhams

17 January 2022

There are only three other known examples of this early David Hockney (b.1937) etching titled 'Self-Portrait (not in S.A.C. or Tokyo)'.

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Waistel Cooper could join pottery elite

17 January 2022

Gallery hopes single-owner collection shows will boost profile of a prodigious talent

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Moon flask slips away just below estimate

17 January 2022

Qianlong moon flasks of this type are based on Ming dynasty prototypes that in turn were inspired by early Persian drinking vessels traded along the Silk Road.

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Clay shuts up shop after 48 years

17 January 2022

After 48 years dealing from a shop on New Kings Road in Fulham, dealer John Clay is closing his doors.

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