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10 things in northern England for antiques enthusiasts including a collectors weekend in Cumbria

22 February 2019

The art and antiques market gets busy in March with events such as TEFAF Maastricht, the BADA 2019 fair and London’s contemporary art evening auctions, but for art and antiques fans not travelling to London or the Low Countries, there is plenty going on in northern England in the same month.

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Burmese sapphire brooch brings its rich seam to Cumbria

11 February 2019

Sapphires have been mined in Burma (now Myanmar) for over a millennium, the stones admired for their colour saturation and dark hues.

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Aviation museum sale takes flight in Carlisle

21 January 2019

If the Battle of Britain is your collecting field, then the sale of a Kent collection held in late 2018 would have been a major draw.

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The world comes to Cockermouth

07 January 2019

Three-day auction at Cumbrian saleroom demonstrates global reach of art and antiques.

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Local Cumbrian scene skates to £3600

21 December 2018

This seasonal watercolour of figures ice skating in the Lake District (below) sold for a mid-estimate £3600 at local Cumbria saleroom Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) on November 28.

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Cumbrian book sales on the starting blocks

17 December 2018

Packed with job lots in many categories, the book section of a three-day antiques auction held at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) in the Cumbrian market town of Cockermouth heralded an intent to make such sales a regular feature.

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The calm before and after the bidding storm

24 September 2018

Two contrasting marine scenes, encapsulating the unpredictable nature of the sea, were offered at a recent sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) of Cockermouth in Cumbria.

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Bidding battle for a ‘wrestler’

27 August 2018

Pitched at £20-40, a small bisque doll with jointed limbs, below, topped Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) toys sale at Cockermouth on July 21.

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Pick of the Week: Trinidad painting sails into Cumbrian auction

20 August 2018

A ship painting by the artist regarded as the first great Trinidadian painter, Michel-Jean Cazabon (1813-88), surfaced for sale at Cumbrian auction house PFK earlier this month.

Morris & Co adjustable armchair

Why reclining Morris armchair proved a £7600 Victorian seat of power

17 August 2018

A Morris & Co adjustable armchair brought strong competition at a recent auction in Cumbria. In largely original condition despite some obvious signs of wear and tear, it was taken to 10 times its estimate at PFK Auctioneers before it was knocked down at £7600.

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Darwin distressed – but not dismissed

09 July 2018

Two 1859 firsts of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species…, neither in what could be called good condition, made very strong prices in recent weeks. This is a book nowadays so desirable that such shortcomings can be overlooked.

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Museum’s shipshape local purchase

02 July 2018

Running to just over a hundred pages and containing numerous illustrations of ships, figureheads and portrait busts, an accounts ledger kept by a Cumbrian shipbuilder has gone to a local museum.

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Eastern hoard out of Cumbria

02 July 2018

“The best piece in the sale,” enthused auctioneer Richard Harrison in reference to a Meiji Kazaridana cabinet sold for £11,000 at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) at Cockermouth on June 13-15.

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Lyons teashop lithographs serve to cheer

25 June 2018

Like many businesses scarred with bomb damage in post-war Britain, Lyons teashops were in need of cheering up.

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Artist’s box takes £3000 in Cumbria

07 May 2018

Topping Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) £53,000 Country Sporting sale in Cockermouth was an artist’s box belonging to George Lodge (1860-1954).

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Sumptuous silk at just £350

30 April 2018

The world of Chinese art remains open to collectors on modest budgets if they look to some of the less fashionable wares, those from later periods and pieces that carry damage.

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Sailing off to Iceland

16 April 2018

Something of a rarity, To Iceland in a Yacht appears to have no other auction appearances to its name. It was privately printed in Edinburgh in 1873 for its author, the chemist Robert Angus Smith (1817-84), a man best known for his work on air pollution and his identification of what later came to be known as acid rain.

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Cumbria hall hosts first fair for many years

05 March 2018

Holker Hall, the privately owned country house in Cumbria, hosts its first fair in nearly 25 years this month.

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Window seat looks good at Cumbrian auction

19 February 2018

Another classic piece of English furniture to go well above expectations was a Regency mahogany window seat in the style of George Bullock offered by the Cumbrian firm 1818 Auctioneers (17/12% buyer’s premium).

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Caricatures depict eccentric excursions including stagecoach on the sands

18 December 2017

‘Stage Coach Passengers passing Woburn Sands’ is one of 100 coloured engraved caricatures after Isaac Cruikshank that illustrate GM Woodward’s Eccentric Excursions or Literary and Pictorial Sketches in England and South Wales, interspersed with Curious Anecdotes of 1807.