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Carved coral pendant created in a style typical of Trapani

15 January 2024

Trapani in western Sicily has for centuries been renowned as a centre for objects mounted with carved coral, a tradition that derives from the nearby coral reefs and reached its height in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Intriguing picture of Second World War female ambulance volunteers emerges

15 January 2024

The helmets and uniforms depicted in this oil study are clues to its strong performance at Cirencester saleroom Moore Allen & Innocent (21% buyer’s premium) on December 6.

A 1931 FA Cup winner's medal

FA Cup medal takes £5000 at Harper Field

11 January 2024

An FA Cup winner's medal awarded to a club's assistant secretary may not sound that much of a big deal.

A signed photograph of The Beatles

Signed photo of The Beatles sells for £13,000 at Auctioneum

10 January 2024

A c.1964 publicity photograph signed by all four members of The Beatles was the highlight of a timed online sale in Bristol.

Channel Islands silver mug

Pick of the week: Raise two pints to Guernsey mug at auction

08 January 2024

The vast majority of Georgian-era Channel Islands silver baluster mugs are of a pint or half-pint capacity.

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Grotesque proves attractive when it comes to Martinware

08 January 2024

Latest ceramics sales demonstrate how Martinware demand has moved on beyond Wally Birds

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Meet the Barringtons in a comprehensive archive

08 January 2024

‘Substantial’ was certainly the description to use when it came to an archive related to the Barrington family of Beckett Hall, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire.

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Art collector loved the excitement of bidding battles

08 January 2024

One of the most eyecatching collections of Impressionist and Modern art sold at a provincial auction at the end of last year comprised 17 lots from the late Ralph Bateman.

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Life of a debutante — and views of destroyed ships

02 January 2024

The handstitched booklet titled Balls & My Partners, 1844-1845 was written by Adelaide Horatia Elizabeth Seymour (1825-77) as she enjoyed the life of a debutante.

Apple Boutique mural

Pioneering journalist with a ticket to ride

18 December 2023

She was the first female broadcaster to be heard on Radio 1 and the only journalist to accompany the Beatles during a four-day coach trip when they filmed their Magical Mystery Tour TV special.

Victorian travel album

Indian and Egyptian travel photo album takes sensational £135,000

11 December 2023

An impressive result emerged at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood on December 5 when a travel album titled The Ramblings and Adventures of an Indian Officer was knocked down at £135,000.

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What’s cooking in the Cotswolds: Steadman and Knuttel

04 December 2023

It is often said that the mark of a good illustrator is that their work is instantly recognisable.

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Modern British works – why it's worth making a fresh start

04 December 2023

Cast-iron provenances and first appearances on the market combine to boost value in a Cornish saleroom

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Pick of the week: Album connects ceramics collectors

04 December 2023

An album of watercolour studies of Ottoman ceramics that connects two of the British collectors of the early 20th century raced away from its estimate at Dominic Winter in Gloucestershire.

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Presentation copies with a special touch

04 December 2023

Pictured here are two fine 19th century presentation copies that, unexpectedly, topped sales in South Cerney and Cambridge in October.

Waverley typewriter,

Pick of the week: Short production window is key to typewriter’s rarity

27 November 2023

The writing was on the wall for the Waverley not long after it entered the market in 1895.

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Picabia: top pick in a regional sale

27 November 2023

A group of Modern and Impressionist pictures provided a significant boost to the latest Art & Design post 1880 sale held at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Atmospheric places to shop for antiques in Shropshire and Somerset

27 November 2023

The Times recently ran a feature on seven of the most atmospheric towns in the UK in which to do your Christmas shopping for one-off gifts, maybe combining this joysome activity with a weekend break. Here are some art and antiques options in two of them, Ludlow in Shropshire and Frome in Somerset.

Qianlong vase

Chinese jade from Lawrence family collection soars past estimate

20 November 2023

The most eagerly awaited of the five Asian art catalogues offered by Woolley & Wallis was an array of 34 Chinese jades from the Lawrence family collection.

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White gloves for Chameroy’s eclecticism

20 November 2023

The late Jean Louis Chameroy (1946-2020) was born in the city of Troyes in France but moved to the London in 1960s.

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