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Metalware collection based on long experience

10 May 2021

John Douglas’ interest in antique base metalware started over 60 years ago.

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Venus copies old and new

05 April 2021

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, has been a favourite subject in art since ancient times.

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Artists uncertain but appeal clear to bidders

05 April 2021

Portraits boosted takings at Mallams’ (24% buyer’s premium) latest picture sale in Oxford.

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No public view? No worries…

08 February 2021

Despite lockdown restrictions Bonhams' traditional Oak Interior offerings performed very well

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‘Textbook’ vernacular furniture

08 February 2021

Two of the choice pieces of furniture in Bonhams’ Oak Interiors sale on January 20-21 were published examples.

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Caddies, cups and much more among exceptional silver at Mallams

01 February 2021

The Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) two-day Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale in Oxford included some exceptional silver lots.

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Textbook Kangxi blue and white vases emerge at sales in the north and south

30 November 2020

Pictured below are two textbook Kangxi (1662-1722) period blue and white vases.

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Sale inspired by new age thinking

17 August 2020

A mix of works across different periods and genres drew attention at the first Pictures through the Ages auction at Mallams (27% buyer’s premium) of Oxford.

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Transatlantic rook flies as souvenir chess piece sells at Oxford auction

20 July 2020

As implied by an extensive inscription, this souvenir chess piece was produced by Carlo Joseph and Arthur Alphonse Giuliano, sons of the celebrated Italian artist jeweller Carlo Giuliano, to commemorate a chess match played via telegraph in 1897.

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Sanity returns (with sanitisers)

06 July 2020

Focus on two centres and a Cheshire fair as dealers and organisers encourage visitors

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Childhood scrapbook of double Victoria Cross winner Noel Chavasse sells to his old school

22 April 2020

A childhood scrapbook including tales of valour written and illustrated by double Victoria Cross winner Noel Chavasse and his twin brother has been bought by their old school in Oxford.

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Police ask for help to find stolen antique jewellery from Oxford dealer

29 March 2020

Police are trying to trace antique jewellery stolen by burglars from Norah’s Antiques in Oxford.

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Trio of high-value paintings stolen in raid on Oxford college collection

16 March 2020

Three Old Master paintings, including Annibale Carracci’s A Boy Drinking, have been stolen from a museum in Oxford.

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Sexy and sultry Flint tempts buyer

09 March 2020

Textbook watercolour by the British artist takes one of his higher prices in recent years.

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BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Grim toll of plagues up to 1666

09 March 2020

List of deaths is timely reminder that outbreaks are nothing new

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The seat of history: Hornby Castle Chair sells for £35,000 at Bonhams Oxford

24 February 2020

The so-called Hornby Castle Chair, a 4ft 7in (1.38m) high oak open armchair c.1580-1600, sold for £35,000 plus premium at the latest Oak Interior sale at Bonhams in Oxford.

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Vernacular furniture returning home from US provides textbook lots in Oxford saleroom

24 February 2020

The Oak Interior sale at Bonhams in Oxford on February 19 included two substantial private collections consigned for sale from the US.

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Nelson bust sails high to top sale

17 February 2020

While furniture and books fully justified its title, The Oxford Library Sale at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) was led by a surprise star: a rather lowly regarded gesso bust of the sort that would have been a minor decoration to such a room.

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Pair of Hodgkins high sale prices

06 January 2020

Two Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) gouache watercolours painted during her artistic prime were taken to multi-estimate sums at separate UK salerooms in the same week.

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Pick of the week: Gimson is top dog of Arts & Crafts

16 December 2019

Cotswolds steel masterworks bring £50,000.