South-west England


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Single-owner collection takes Root in Bath instead of clinging on to London hotbed

26 September 2022

Does the Contemporary art auction market need levelling up?

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Plenty of life in Lowesoft tablets

26 September 2022

Distinctive plaques made to mark births are unique to the Suffolk town’s porcelain factory.

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Minton fungi and foxes tureen hunted down

26 September 2022

The Minton ‘fungi and foxes’ tureen is among the rarest of all majolica game pie dishes.

The Beggar

Zoffany on the stage comes to Dorset auction

19 September 2022

This little-known theatrical portrait was painted in 1796 by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) towards the end of his career.

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Pitch perfect for Ruskin’s tower

19 September 2022

Watercolour of Oxford by the Victorian arbiter of taste benefits from attractive estimate.

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Keeping precision time at Exbury House sale

19 September 2022

An area of specific current interest is high-quality English 19th century clocks with precision movements housed in carriage or mantel cases.

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Dutch works by mystery artist land well in the saleroom

19 September 2022

Two large 18th century paintings of figures at the port of Antwerp drew plenty of comment when they went on display at the South Cerney saleroom of Dominic Winter in the run-up to its July 21 sale.

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Mapping America in Gloucestershire

19 September 2022

Doubling its mid-estimate to sell at £50,000, one of the top lots in a sale of September 7 was Paulo Forlani’s Il Disegno del discoperto della nova Franza…

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‘Well, I think we’re just out of Waldorfs’

19 September 2022

This camera script produced for the ‘Waldorf Salad’ episode from the second series of Fawlty Towers was offered by East Bristol Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) in a timed online sale that ended on August 23,

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Expand an interest in Beatrix Potter

12 September 2022

The ‘property of a lady’, this concertina-style wallet book by Beatrix Potter, 'The Story of Miss Moppet', is a first edition published by Frederick Warne & Co, London & New York, 1906.

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Art Market: Squirrell takes a trip from East Anglia to the big city of London

12 September 2022

Artist’s huge and intrictately detailed watercolours depict famous capital landmarks

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St George rides in on a charger

12 September 2022

The Cotswold Auction Company (22% buyer’s premium) offered this version of the well-known Pilkington’s Lancastrian St George and the Dragon charger in Cheltenham.

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Former factory worker and miner became Pro artist

12 September 2022

Scenes of rural life in the Outback are the most common subject of the prolific and highly inventive Australian painter Kevin ‘Pro’ Hart (1928-2006).

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Picasso and Hockney highlights at Dominic Winter

12 September 2022

On October 12 Gloucestershire saleroom Dominic Winter is offering a first English edition of Picasso: Toreros by Jaime Sabartés, London & Monte Carlo: Anton Zwemmer & André Sauret, 1961, estimated at £1000-1500.

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Tennyson portrayed by Julia Margaret Cameron

12 September 2022

Estimated at £3000-4000, this 9½ x 12in (24 x 30.5cm) albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is offered in the Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photography auction on September 15 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Napoleon III exile skirt among high points at Dominic Winter auction

12 September 2022

In exceptionally fine condition and probably never worn, a c.1730-40 embroidered silk skirt offered at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) also had a back story adding to its attraction.

Action Man judo set

Pick of the week: Belting result for Action Man

05 September 2022

A lot offering Action Man outfits and accessories from the flock hair period c.1970 sold for 100 times the low estimate at a Devon saleroom thanks to a considerable rarity it contained.

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Famous owners Tuke and Klimt enhance early 20th century items

05 September 2022

This textbook Edwardian Arts & Crafts planished silver chalice by Omar Ramsden and fellow Sheffield-born designer Alwyn Carr, pictured below, is of extra interest for its inscription.

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Young sitters stand out despite lack of identification

29 August 2022

Among the lots catching bidders’ eyes in the last few months were a number of intriguing portraits that came up at sales in south-west England.

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Vast tribal art collection offered after taking three days to remove from Victorian home

29 August 2022

The Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas sale at Woolley & Wallis on September 21 includes 270 lots from the collection of tribal and pre-Columbian art assembled by Romy Rey of Richmond, Surrey.

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