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Letters from Japan by 'father of studio pottery' Bernard Leach sell at Somerset auction to a Surrey museum

18 October 2018

An archive of letters by leading studio pottery maker Bernard Leach (1887-1979) has been bought at auction by a museum which holds the largest collection of his material in the country.

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15 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Why plastic can also be fantastic when it comes to toys

15 October 2018

Plastic has gained a bad name when it comes to the environment – clogging up oceans for a start.

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5 Questions: Simon Shore of 1793 gallery

15 October 2018

Simon Shore is a north Cotswolds dealer and agent who runs 1793 gallery in Stow on the Wold.

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The story of a real ‘fairy tale’

15 October 2018

It may seem hard to credit nowadays, but photographs of fairies at the bottom of the Cottingley (Yorkshire) garden of two young girls, produced in 1917 as a practical joke, were taken to be genuine by many people – most famously, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Beautiful piscatorial plates go swimmingly in German sale

15 October 2018

Catching the eye in a German auction was a fine example of the most beautiful of all piscatorial plate books.

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Five Carlton Ware Art Deco designs to dazzle at auction

11 October 2018

More than 50 lots of colourful Carlton Ware Art Deco pottery are up for sale in Salisbury next week.

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‘Chinese Mona Lisa’ comes to auction from Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick

08 October 2018

Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury will sell an important oil by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) next month. It comes for sale from the charity established by Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick (1942-2007).

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Salisbury saleroom becomes travel hub twice a year to cover tribal art market

08 October 2018

The biannual world tour of tribal lands – Alaska to New Zealand via Arizona, Africa and Taiwan – organised by auctioneer Will Hobbs at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) offered a global view of what is an active, if often unpredictable, field.

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Cursiter returns to his Orkney roots

08 October 2018

The remote rocky islands of Orkney were a source of continued inspiration for the prolific Scottish painter Stanley Cursiter (1887-1976).

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Replica of the largest British Roman mosaic to return home to Gloucestershire

02 October 2018

A replica of the largest Roman mosaic to be found in Britain could return home to Gloucestershire where it was made.

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Get your Gentlemen’s Gaiters here!

01 October 2018

A collection of fashion books and plates offered as part of an Exeter sale on September 12 was led at £1050 by an 1831, second edition of John Jackson’s The Improved Tailor’s Aera.

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Previews: £30,000 Plus

01 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Five-figure sums for sculpture, furniture and bronze politicians across early autumn sales

24 September 2018

What still feels to many like the opening month of a new season got off to an excellent start with some serious, if occasionally unexpected, five-figure bids at four major provincial salerooms.

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Self portrait by Lucia Casalini Torelli tops trio of female faces at £400,000 Salisbury sale

24 September 2018

In the past, pictures by talented but obscure female artists were given short shrift on the secondary market. Now all that is changing.

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Dealers organise West Country showcase for textiles

17 September 2018

Organised by the well-known Somerset textiles dealers Liz and Jack van Hasselt, the regular West Country Textiles Weekend takes place next on Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7.

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Artist Lauder goes up in the world thanks to Somerset exhibition

10 September 2018

British modernist Kenneth Lauder (1916-2004) used to entreat his opticians to create spectacles that would allow him to see the world upside down. They refused, but he remained determined to view life in a different way.

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5 Questions: Mel Caswell

10 September 2018

Dealer Mel Caswell, based in Bristol, specialises in Japanese art and unusual objects.

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Celebrated diarist turns to decorations

10 September 2018

In a worn but period calf binding, a 1697 first of John Evelyn’s Numismata. A Discourse of Medals… made £350 in the book section of a recent Cornish auction.

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Four men arrested on suspicion of £1m antiques burglary at entrepreneur's home

06 September 2018

Detectives investigating the high-value burglary of antiques from the home of British biotech entrepreneur Sir Christopher Evans and his family in July have arrested four men.

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