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Quentin Bell lampshade takes nearly 40-times estimate

10 January 2024

A lampshade painted by Quentin Bell sold for a remarkable £4700 when Adam Partridge dispersed the residual collection of Michael Evans (Dayabandu).

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Arthur Swallow Fairs: quirky buys ideal for the curious

16 October 2023

The Cheshire showground event run by Arthur Swallow includes plenty of conversation starters.

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All forgiven: medieval document relating to rebellion soars above estimate

04 September 2023

This medieval document with a royal seal attached amounts to a pardon granted by Henry IV (1367-1413) to John Barlawe of the manor of Barlow in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy (now suburban Manchester).

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Batmobile based on earlier model roars away to Singapore

26 June 2023

When the (Louis) Marx toy company produced a friction-drive model Batmobile in the 1960s the plastic car that resulted was really a model of the 1951 General Motors Le Sabre concept show car designed by Harley Earl.

Laquer snuff box

Cheshire Police warn antiques dealers to be vigilant following theft

11 April 2023

Police are warning antiques dealers to be vigilant following the theft of two silver items and a lacquered snuff box.

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The web shop window: 'The funniest car mascot on the market’

16 January 2023

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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Arthur Swallow Fairs has 'high hopes' for 2023

09 January 2023

“All things considered, it’s been a pretty good year and we have high hopes of 2023 being a cracker”, enthused Richard Burgoin, director of Arthur Swallow Fairs as he looked back at its fairs and markets in 2022.

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The web shop window: A Victorian prisoners' ‘pillow’

02 January 2023

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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Action stations for a three-day auction

05 December 2022

Over the course of 35 years Andy Houldsworth amassed one of the largest collections of Action Man and similar action figures in the UK.

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Wilson’s new route got strait to the point

14 November 2022

Although the box to this bronze medal is dated 1873 (leading the auction house to conclude it was Victorian), the piece itself was struck in 1760.

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Hugh got his skates on in Edinburgh 221 years ago

24 October 2022

The sale at The Auction Centre (20% buyer’s premium) in Runcorn, Cheshire, on September 30 included this rare George III Scottish silver member’s badge for The Edinburgh Skating Club – the world’s first figure skating organisation.

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Extensive collection of Ford Madox Ford emerges in Cheshire

05 September 2022

A substantial collection of works by just one multi-talented and enormously influential figure was presented as part of series of sales held by Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) in its Macclesfield rooms.

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Strong demand for anti-slavery objects

29 August 2022

Anti-slavery objects are enjoying a particular strong moment in the market as museums at home and in the US seek to fill holes in collections vulnerable to the label ‘pale, male and stale’.

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Helen Bradley childhood stories enthral eager bidders

25 July 2022

Another high price for Helen Bradley (1900-79) came at Cheshire saleroom Wilson55 (22% buyer’s premium) last month.

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The web shop window: Edwardian leather suitcases

09 May 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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Hockney drawings and prints bring demand in the North and South

25 April 2022

The expansion in prices for David Hockney (b.1937) has affected not just his large and famous works which now sell for multi-millions but also his smaller drawings and printed works that fall further down the price scale.

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Typical Bradley work recalls Blackpool childhood scene

28 March 2022

A work by the prolific Helen Bradley (1900-79) drew interest at the latest Northern Art sale held by Wilson55 (22% buyer’s premium) in Nantwich, Cheshire.

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If you can’t afford a full-size VC try a miniature version

14 March 2022

If a full-size Victoria Cross medal group is beyond your price range, a lot sold at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) is perhaps the next best thing.

Doulton vase

The vase that helped Doulton shine in Paris

21 February 2022

Like other manufacturers, Doulton took great trouble with the wares submitted to international exhibitions.

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Tatton Park fair now to take place in February

24 January 2022

Furniture dealer Malcolm Eglin Antiques from Northumberland brings a c.1760 mahogany tip-up table to the first Galloway Fairs event of the year.