South-west England


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Poignant piece of palace art

17 January 2022

This Qing bronze fragment measuring a substantial 19in (47cm) across was once part of a magnificent sculpture of a crane that adorned an imperial palace.

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Chinese work with European inspiration attracts interest in Somerset

17 January 2022

Many Chinese export porcelain forms were inspired by European silver or ceramic forms.

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Exceptional examples of Victorian metalwork come to the fore at David Lay

17 January 2022

Christopher Dresser created a number of daring geometric designs for silver and silver-plated toast racks in the late 1870s and early 1880s, both for Hukin & Heath and for James Dixon & Son.

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Jades in demand in Dorset and Cheltenham

17 January 2022

The outstanding jade offered in the regions in the October-December period was this pale celadon teapot and cover that came for sale at Duke’s in Dorchester on December 8 from a Dutch private collection where it had been since the 1980s.

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Inuit amulet is the popular pup choice

17 January 2022

A 19th century sea otter amulet in walrus ivory and baleen fashioned as a mother and her pup sold for £24,000 at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium).

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Soldier's scroll paintings turn out to be lucrative birthday presents

17 January 2022

Leading a recent Woolley & Wallis' (25/12% buyer’s premium) sale in Salisbury were two scroll paintings by well-known 20th century Chinese artists that came by descent from Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (1883-1950).

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Jumbo price for Japanese rarity despite the condition

17 January 2022

Early Japanese porcelain models of animals are very rare, and this elephant form koro, c.1700, offered for sale as part of the Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) Japanese works of art sale appears to be unrecorded.

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Eastern furniture proves no sleepy market as huanghuali bed makes £140,000

17 January 2022

The market for Chinese furniture has come on leaps and bounds in 20 years.

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Finding the right combination in Dorset

10 January 2022

Brass and steel ‘combination’ or ‘puzzle’ boxes enjoyed a vogue in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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Fedden feline appeals among the Freya Mitton highlights

10 January 2022

The Tabby Cat by Mary Fedden is among the highlights in Somerset dealer Freya Mitton’s upcoming exhibition of British art.

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Worlds of difference in a saleroom

10 January 2022

Two very different lots from a November 10 sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) are noted here.

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Knife birds bronze takes McCrum a cut above in the market

10 January 2022

Modern British sculptures were the main attraction at Wotton Auction Rooms’ (18% buyer’s premium) recent sale at Stouts Hill Manor.

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Heroic exploits of naval skipper who later came a cropper

03 January 2022

Many of the unsung British heroes of both world wars served in the royal and merchant navies carrying and protecting supplies to Russia or the USSR.

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McWhirter’s four-minute-mile stopwatch clocks up five figures at auction

03 January 2022

On May 6, 1954 - the day British middle-distance athlete Roger Bannister (1929-2018) ran the first ever sub-four-minute mile - there were five official timekeepers plus a sixth watch manned by race commentator Norris McWhirter (1925-2004).

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Knight and Bomberg as war artists

03 January 2022

In 1946 the artist Laura Knight (1877-1970) was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee to create a painting of the Nuremberg Trials.

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Park's portrait of wife Peggy impresses

03 January 2022

An artist’s painting of his wife turned heads at a recent David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Penzance, selling over 10 times above estimate.

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The Wright map that plots a route to £365,000

20 December 2021

A copy of Richard Hakluyt’s 'The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation' takes a six-figure sum at Devon sale.

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Banksy prints bowl up at auction

20 December 2021

Two Banksy prints donated to charity set high prices for their respective individual editions at a Bristol auction.

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Jersey silver comes at a premium

13 December 2021

This late 18th century Channel Islands silver coffee pot has marks for the Jersey silversmith Jacques Quesnel I.

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Nemon became Sir Winston’s sculptor of choice

13 December 2021

The Anglo-Croatian sculptor Oscar Nemon (1906-85) first met Sir Winston Churchill when holidaying in Marrakech in 1951.

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