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Classic coach scene by James Pollard

02 December 2019

This classic mail coach scene by the 19th century painter James Pollard (1792-1867) doubled pre-sale hopes in a picture auction at Surrey saleroom John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Treasures of the natural world (but in skeletal or stuffed form…)

02 December 2019

Extinct for 65 million years, dinosaurs continue to rule the world of children visiting the National History Museum, of multi-million dollar movie makers – and of bidders at the Evolution Sales at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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A second chance to travel with a rare Louis Vuitton trunk

02 December 2019

Collectors who missed out on a rare late 19th century cabin trunk at auction last week have the chance to buy another in West Sussex this coming Friday.

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18th century doll’s dress brings big price

02 December 2019

The height of fashion nearly three centuries ago, this 18th century doll’s dress caught the eye at C&T’s (20% buyer’s premium) specialist sale in Tunbridge Wells.

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Love thy neighbour: dealer bequest of 'Kangxi' vase to woman next-door brings windfall at Dawson’s

28 November 2019

A large Chinese porcelain vase inherited by a Chiswick woman from her next-door neighbour, an Asian art dealer, has made £37,000 hammer, more than ten times its lower estimate.

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Worcester wonders go to new homes after dealer event

25 November 2019

A small Worcester mug painted with a rare blue and white pattern, c.1752-53, was among the stand-out sales during Jupiter Antiques’ latest exhibition, where it was offered for a price in the region of £4000.

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Cartoons showing Harold Wilson as pleased as punch emerge at Amersham sale

25 November 2019

The leading contenders in the December 12 General Election are struggling to land any meaningful blows on each other, despite being more than happy to be photographed in boxing rings.

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Tree of Ages' roots now laid down in Surrey

25 November 2019

Launched two years ago at a Victorian mansion at Nutley in Surrey by local antiques dealer David Steel, the 25-dealer 'Tree of Ages Antiques Fair' runs four times a year at Robert Denholm House.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

25 November 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

'Little Christmas Fair' is a real barn find

25 November 2019

Now in its sixth year, the 'Little Christmas Fair' in The Barn at Lark Rise, Lambdens Hill, Beenham, near Reading in Berkshire, is on Friday and Sunday, December 6-7.

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Thames boat club calls on trade to help find boathouse clock

21 November 2019

The memorial clock on the outside of the boathouse of the Dittons Skiff and Punting Club in Thames Ditton has been stolen and members have appealed to the antiques trade to help find it.

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Big names boost Aesthetic appeal at auction

18 November 2019

Even during his lifetime Edward William Godwin complained that ebonised tables to his textbook ‘Anglo-Japanese’ design c.1867-68 were being copied by a number of different manufacturers.

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Star decorators from Desire Leroy to Joseph Bailey

18 November 2019

The talented Sèvres factory decorator Desire Leroy (1840-1908) came to the United Kingdom in 1878 to take up an appointment at Minton in Staffordshire. However, he is perhaps best known for his work at the Royal Crown Derby where he worked from 1890, aged 50, until his death in 1908.

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Lambarde on Anglo-Saxon laws

18 November 2019

A rare work by William Lambarde, the antiquarian, writer on legal subjects and author of the first county history, A Perambulation of Kent of 1576, was another highlight from the library of the late Eric Stanley, professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford (see reports in previous ATGs).

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Real rail and the model variety

18 November 2019

Hornby Dublo collectors fought spirited battles for clockwork rarities at Duggleby Stephenson’s (18.75% buyer’s premium) York sale.

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Special birthday brings big barn finds

18 November 2019

Rountree Tryon Galleries celebrates its 60th anniversary next month, leasing out a large barn in Sussex to launch its annual Africa show.

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Insurance fire marks sell in a blaze of glory

18 November 2019

The practice of placing a metal mark on a building to indicate insurance against a fire started in earnest after the Great Fire of London (1666). Each insurance company had its own fire service and distinctive logo.

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Archive from the queen’s dress designer excels

11 November 2019

A Cecil Beaton sketch of Christian Dior working in his studio in Paris sold for £5200 (estimate £500-700) as part of the estate of society dress designer Ian Thomas (1929-93).

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Oved’s animal magic

11 November 2019

It was not catalogued as such, but this silver ring modelled as a standing lion with a gold-coloured mane is designed by Moshe Oved (1885-1958), the owner of celebrated Bloomsbury antique shop Cameo Corner where jewellery expert John Benjamin first learnt his trade.

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When two into one does go

11 November 2019

Of the more than 200 jewellery lots for sale at Dawson’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead on October 26, a 15ct gold double bracelet (below) displaying Victorian engineering ingenuity was among the most contested.

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