Porcelain precursor to Peterloo at £2200

06 September 2010

THIS 8½in (21cm) English porcelain jug painted with a cavalryman on horseback probably dates from c.1817 when, following rioting in the spring, magistrates in Manchester decided to form the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry Cavalry.

Specialist auctioneer rebrands in Berkshire

09 August 2010

ON August 21, Andrew Hilton will host his first sale of commemoratives and pot lids under the new name of his business, Historical & Collectable.

Burglar alert as centre owner spots gang ‘casing the joint’

01 June 2010

GREAT Grooms owner James Podger has issued an alert to the Hungerford antiques trade after his premises were ‘cased’ by potential burglars.

Beatles tape found in attic makes £10,000

18 August 2008

A previously unheard tape of a Beatles recording session, in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney break into giggles and crack jokes, has fetched £10,000 at Cameo auctioneers in Midgham, Berkshire.

TVADA cancel their spring fair at Blue Coats

06 March 2006

THE Thames Valley Antique Dealers Association has cancelled its Spring TVADA Fair scheduled for March 31 to April 2 at The Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning on Thames, Berkshire.


Three auctioneers look to the future

27 April 2005

SPECIAL Auction Services, the West Berkshire auctioneers best known for regular sales of commemoratives and pot lids, are themselves on the market.


Provenance adds lustre for Law

12 April 2005

“Perhaps the last collection from a commissioning family that is likely to come onto the market” was how Berkshire auctioneer Mark Law of Law Fine Art described the remarkable sale of the Andrew Keith Collection conducted at Littlecote House, Hungerford on April 5.


An era ends as Jackie Raleigh calls it a day

19 August 2004

FAIRS organiser Jackie Raleigh of Newbury, Berkshire has sold her company Silhouette Fairs to Andy and Sheila Briggs of Oxfordshire-based Fat Cat Fairs.

Dinah moves into mansion

13 July 2004

BERKSHIRE-based Dinah Ives, who operates as Magna Carta Country Fayres, has a new venue from Sunday October 10 – St. Leonard’s Mansion at Legoland, near Windsor.


For King and Constitution – and the pursuit of a rare beaker

07 July 2004

PROVING the highlight of the commemoratives offered by Special Auction Services (15% buyer’s premium) in the wake of the Leslie Crowther collection of pot lids and Prattware on June 7 was this George III King and Constitution earthenware beaker.


Vintage Austin still going strong

29 June 2004

The primary artistic influence behind the Prattware phenomenon that captivated Victorian society for 40 years was the freelance artist and engraver Jesse Austin (1806-1879).

Getting up a head of steam in Berks

05 May 2004

SINCE moving to premises in Kennetholme, Midgham, Berkshire’s Specialist Auction Services (15% buyer’s premium) have acquired a reputation for selling not just commemoratives and pot lids but also collectable toys.

Trade help themselves from their own shop window

01 April 2004

FOR some years now, the Thames Valley Antique Dealers Association has held two fairs a year, the autumn one at Radley College, Oxford and, for the past six years, the spring one at Reading Bluecoat School, Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire. The TVADA Spring Antiques Fair will take place at Reading Bluecoat from April 2 to 4 with a record 36 members taking stands.

Ascot is rated a better bet

08 January 2004

BERKSHIRE organiser Dinah Ives, who is better known as Magna Carta Country Fayres, has been putting together events at the Runnymede Hotel, Egham, Surrey, for 28 years, but has left for what she feels is a better venue where she is getting a better deal: the Exhibition Hall of Ascot Racecourse in her home county.

Dreweatt Neate join Fine Art Auction Group

03 November 2003

Deal cements southern network of rooms: Berkshire auctioneers Dreweatt Neate have become the latest and the largest business to join The Fine Art Auction Group’s rapidly expanding network of regional auction salerooms.

Wooldings is best of British

30 May 2003

It was a poignant irony that the contents of the North Hampshire vineyard that had so impressed Her Majesty should come up for auction in the same month that another offering of Château Mouton-Rothschild was making a less than favourable impression with the British establishment.

Berkshire fair gets new digs

24 April 2003

FOUNDED in 1990 by Devonshire-based Madeline Marchand, who operates as Fair Antiques, the next twice-yearly East Berkshire Antiques Fair will be held at the Berkshire College of Agriculture, near Maidenhead, over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 3 to 5.

Caughley tops the 1000 ceramics

15 November 2002

THAT the Berkshire auctioneers Law Fine Art could garner more than 1000 lots, sell more than 70 per cent of them and reach a total of £160,0000 for this latest of their thrice-yearly ceramics and glass sales says as much about Mark Law’s and Nicholas Lyne’s operation as it does for the general strength of ceramics in these generally difficult times.

Window rests seen in a new light

03 July 2002

A zeal for collecting in an age of double glazing has created a strong market for pottery window rests, which have been freed from the domestic drudgery of keeping sash windows open and elevated to the mantelpiece as decorative works of art in their own rights.

Cinderella loses her man, and frock

19 March 2001

UK: AN 18TH CENTURY map of the home town, bottom right, and an embarassing moment at the ball for Cinderella, top right, are my two illustrated highlights from this Berkshire sale, but a few other things from the 40 book and map lots that were tacked onto the end of a picture sale are described below.