South-west England


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Wallis cracks it in the saleroom

30 November 2020

Unpublished work by mathematician John Wallis who was also a major influence in code breaking sells at Dominic Winter

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Beaton’s male dancer attracts attention in Cheltenham

30 November 2020

Back in May, Bonhams sold 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-80).

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Magnificent monteith is £90,000 prize

30 November 2020

It is thought that the earliest Chinese porcelain monteith appeared c.1715, coinciding with the establishment of the East India Company’s factory in Canton.

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ʻThe epitome of old European taste’: British diplomat's collection of Chinese ceramics sells at Semley Auctions

30 November 2020

Semley Auctions (22% buyer’s premium) in Dorset secured one of the choice consignments this season: the Martin Robert Morland (1933-2020) collection of Chinese ceramics.

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Qianlong masterworks or honorific doppelgangers?

30 November 2020

The unusual Chinese porcelain model (pictured below) forms the shape of a lingzhi stem vividly enamelled with a blend of green, blue and pink glazes. It measures 9in (23cm) high and carries a Qianlong (1736-95) mark.

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Banana website proves fruitful

30 November 2020

Julian Tatham-Losh, who owns Top Banana Antiques in Tetbury, reports that business is booming.

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Memorabilia reveals role of the brave British female pilots of the Second World War

25 November 2020

A medal and other items relating to members of a pioneering group of female pilots who flew in the Second World War is coming up at two auctions.

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Wiltshire ‘collective’ hails slow but steady transatlantic deliveries

23 November 2020

Shipping in the older, literal sense of the word has played a vital role in coping with robust international demand during the current Covid-19 challenges, according to a Wiltshire business.

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Back-to-front way of doing business

23 November 2020

Quirky might be a way to describe Andrew Blackall’s antiques shop which is both Number 56 and 70 in the High Street, Corsham.

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Video ‘shop tours’ prove popular selling method in Ashburton

23 November 2020

In an enterprising move early last year dealer Lydia Wood launched an antiques trail in Ashburton, on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.

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Victorian ring concealing a practical joke brings sensational bidding in Somerset

23 November 2020

This curious object is the forerunner of a million Christmas cracker prizes. Made in gold and silver, c.1830, the ‘ring’ chased with flowers includes a tiny pin hole which allows a jet of water to be squirted into the face of an unsuspecting admirer via a syringe-like plunger that can be concealed in the palm.

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Plea to help find Spitfire pilot’s stolen photo

18 November 2020

A Spitfire pilot and his family are appealing to the public and the antiques trade to spot a stolen photograph.

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5 Questions: Contemporary British art dealer Mark Jerram

16 November 2020

Mark Jerram specialises in contemporary figurative pictures and sculpture by Contemporary British artists at his business The Jerram Gallery in Dorset.

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British Dominion: rare petrol pump globe makes £23,000 at Richard Edmonds

16 November 2020

Every collector of glass petrol pump globes – or lenses as they are known in the US – hopes to own examples by the classic big brands: BP, Shell, Esso and the like.

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Bristol auction includes a lot of local interest

16 November 2020

Offered as part of a sale held in Bristol were two copies of 'The Merchants Avizo….', a work by a local man, John Browne.

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Papers reveal doomed anti-slavery colony

09 November 2020

In 1793, well in advance of the Slave Trade Act (1807) and the Slavery Abolition Act (1833), 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle an uninhabited island off the coast of Sierra Leone.

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Beyond Browning in Somerset

09 November 2020

Principal attraction in a Crewkerne book sale at Lawrences (25% buyers premium) was the Browning family archive that featured as Pick of the Week in ATG No 2459, but three other items from that 370 lot sale are noted here.

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Iona in oil and watercolour

09 November 2020

Two Scottish coastal pictures attracted multiple bidders at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) latest Art & Design sale.

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Durbar parades across a shop window

09 November 2020

A collection of more than 580 figures representing participants in the 1903 Delhi Durbar comprises the bulk of this month’s exhibition at Bristol jeweller Grey-Harris & Co.

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CADA takes to Instagram for Christmas

09 November 2020

The Cotswolds Art and Antiques Dealers Association (CADA) is taking to Instagram to give its members a boost before the festive season.

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