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Rare late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman conquest coin hoard discovered in Somerset valued at £4m

29 August 2019

A Bath museum hopes to acquire a rare hoard of coins found in a Chew Valley field that could be valued at £4m.

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Recipes cook up saleroom storm

26 August 2019

Useful buys if you want to know how to ‘pott a Swan’, ‘fry Harticholk’ or even ‘stew Lettice’

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Ancient art from estate of prominent dealer Ingrid McAlpine to be sold in Salisbury

26 August 2019

The Tribal Art and Antiquities sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on September 18-19 includes property from the estate of Ingrid McAlpine (1939-2018), one of London’s most prominent antiquities dealers.

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New chairman for auction house Woolley & Wallis as Paul Viney steps down after 20 years at the top

20 August 2019

Paul Viney, chairman of Woolley & Wallis and a 25-year veteran at the Salisbury saleroom, is handing over the role to colleague John Axford.

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Pick of the week: 18th century dockyard plans detailing the Royal Navy war machine attract wave of bids

19 August 2019

A complete set of plans showing what was once the world’s largest industrial complex and the British state’s single biggest investment has sold in Cornwall. Thomas Milton’s plans of the Royal Dockyards sold to an online buyer for £10,000 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at David Lay's latest sale in Penzance.

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West country dealers keeping busy in August

19 August 2019

This still-life painting by Joan Gillchrest (1918-2008), offered for £1995, is part of an online exhibition staged by Devon dealership British Ceramics and Paintings.

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Duo launch new Cornish antiques fair at country house venue

19 August 2019

Former farmer Ralph Retallack is now an antiques dealer in Falmouth with his partner Nicola Fuller. They are launching an antiques and decorative fair near St Ives this September and are looking to attract more quality exhibitors including architectural salvage dealers.

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Thin Man spotted in sizeable lot

19 August 2019

In this group of predominantly Victorian ceramics beloware two 18th century pieces: a typical polychrome delft plate of modest value and a far more commercial early English toby jug.

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Wainscot chair with top quality

19 August 2019

Better by a distance than nine similar items, a mid-17th century wainscot chair offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) in Crewkerne demonstrated the yawning price gap between the acceptable and the desirable in the early oak market.

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Fabergé sedan chair model comes to auction in Cirencester

13 August 2019

A miniature gold, jade and rock crystal sedan chair by Fabergé has been consigned for sale at the Cotswold Auction Company in Cirencester.

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Dealers in Tetbury get ready for Brexit disruption

12 August 2019

The dealers of Tetbury who trade with the Continent are determined to work through whatever turbulence Brexit may bring. A no-deal departure, likely to result in tariffs and customs checks, would present problems for import and export of stock.

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Tetbury: Taking the long view in the ‘antiques capital of Gloucestershire’

12 August 2019

ATG explores Tetbury’s Long Street to discover dealers evolving to lure casual buyers as well as connoisseurs

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Charity check unearths Wyld rarity

12 August 2019

One notable consequence of the growing prevalence of charity shops on the high street is that auctioneers are receiving more and more items that these organisations want to check in case they are valuable.

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The art of pitching it just right

12 August 2019

Somerset auction shows how bidders are very sensitive to how works are estimated.

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Prolific painter pair appears in Dorset saleroom

12 August 2019

Landscape painter Sidney Richard Percy (1821-86) is described in Christopher Wood’s Dictionary of Victorian Painters as “a prolific and variable painter, and his prices vary accordingly”.

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Plenty of quality from BADA member of 46 years

12 August 2019

The personal enthusiasm of John Braund of Turpin’s Antiques, who died in January aged 90, was early oak and associated metalware.

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Visitors to Westonbirt fair ‘happy to travel and keen to buy’

12 August 2019

A 19th century plaster bust of Napoleon was among sales at the recent Cotswold Decorative Antiques & Art Fair, which takes place in Westonbirt School near Tetbury three times a year.

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Wilton House Car Boot set for bank holiday weekend

12 August 2019

Coming up on August Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) is an annual event which brings thousands of eager buyers to the grounds of a stately home in Wiltshire.

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The perfect gift for Boris Johnson? A Downing Street enamel sign up for auction in Wiltshire

06 August 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sacked more than half of Theresa May’s cabinet and brought in his own top-level team last month. Those MPs trying to stay in his good books may want to win him over with a thoughtful gift.

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Yongzheng perfection sets house record in Bath

05 August 2019

Aldridges of Bath smashed its house record last week with the sale of a Yongzheng mark and period bowl for £220,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium). It had come for sale following a routine house call.

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