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Beaton photos flourish in the saleroom

12 April 2021

When Cecil Beaton photographed the Wyndham-Quin sisters in 1950, he chose to copy both the setting and poses used 50 years earlier by John Singer Sargent in The Wyndham Sisters.

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Relics from German plane destroyed by Peter Townsend sell in Berkshire auction

22 March 2021

Princess Margaret’s lover Flight Lieutenant Peter Townsend (1914-95) has been introduced to a new generation of TV viewers due to Netflix TV series The Crown – but militaria lots sold at auction also underline his renown as an RAF ace.

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Talk of the London taverns as silver wares get snapped by dealers

15 March 2021

A recent sale at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale in Maidenhead included two George IV tablewares by Edward Farrell chased and embossed with tavern scenes in the manner of Dutch genre painting.

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Work of ‘modern day Grinling Gibbons’

15 March 2021

This late Victorian carved lime and soft wood panel is by James Peake (c.1839-1918), a carver and gilder.

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Antiques centres look ahead to reopening

08 March 2021

Adrian Gilmour, co-owner of the Hungerford Arcade, is thrilled at news that non-essential retail can reopen in April.

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Furniture from across the centuries offers contrasting styles to bidders

08 March 2021

Traditional 18th century styles rub shoulders with stand-out Modern design in regional sales

Astronaut Ed White photographed by James McDivitt in space.

Be over the moon with this dedicated auction

01 March 2021

When astronaut Ed White was pictured during the first US spacewalk it was not only the first still photograph of a human in space, but also the first taken by another human – James McDivitt. Up to that moment all images released were taken by television or monitoring cameras.

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Monk and satyr both answer prayers of vendors

15 February 2021

Two pieces of sculpture – both catalogued as 19th century copies – made much higher than expected prices in the UK regions last month.

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Pick of the week: Up, up and away for £3.3m Aynhoe Park auction dispersal

25 January 2021

Some of the most eagerly contested lots in the Aynhoe Park: The Celebration of a Modern Grand Tour sale held by Dreweatts in Oxfordshire on January 20-21 were those created by the owner of the property himself.

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Superb British Smith & Beck microscope bought by US collector for £38,000 in Berkshire auction

21 December 2020

Surviving records for the London instrument maker Smith & Beck state this superb microscope from the brass and glass era was purchased on September 2, 1853, by Francis Herbert Wenham (1824-1908) – the British engineer who became a key figure in the improvement of the microscope.

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Tune in to a group of folk zingers

21 December 2020

Simple folk art depictions stuffed full of charm prove highly attractive to buyers at Dreweatts' auction.

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Flying with balloons? You’re having a giraffe

07 December 2020

Like many grand country estates, the 17th century Grade I-listed Palladian house Aynhoe Park, seat of the Cartwright family until 1959, endured a 20th century decline.

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Stanley Spencer Gallery acquires the artist's last known self-portrait drawing

09 November 2020

The last known drawn self-portrait of Modern British artist Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) has been acquired by the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

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‘Legendary’ Burgundy on offer at Dreweatts

09 November 2020

According to Dreweatts, the 1985 Richebourg by Henri Jayer “rightly holds the hallowed status of ‘legendary’ among Burgundy collectors – the sort of wine that people will travel across the world to experience”.

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Zsolnay vase stands out in Berkshire

26 October 2020

The most desirable of the varied wares produced by the small ceramics factory established by Vilmos Zsolnay (1828-1900) in the south-west Hungarian town of Pecs are those created after the 1890s.

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Moorcroft bidders make 1912 overtures

05 October 2020

Two pieces of Moorcroft Pomegranate pattern made exceptional sums within a matter of 24 hours at the end of September. Both were early versions of the popular pattern and dated 1912 – the year William Moorcroft left his studio at James Macintyre to run his own factory in Cobridge.

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North London studio sale of Italian artist comes to Dawsons Auctions

07 September 2020

Items from the Maida Vale studio of artist Franco Matania are coming to auction at Dawsons in Maidenhead.

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Politician proves influential in the antiques world

24 August 2020

Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond (1944-2014) – the founder of the Norbrook pharmaceutical group in Northern Ireland – proved just as influential in the world of politics as he was in business.

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Two handy methods to keep score the low-tech way

10 August 2020

Keeping score in the earliest days of the Football League was not as easy as checking the internet.

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"Invaluable archive" of London Underground posters and drawings sells 17-times above estimate in Berkshire

20 July 2020

London Underground maps come up relatively regularly at auction – and typically it is the various 1930s states of the classic Harry Beck design that command the really high prices.