South-west England


Castellani brooch

Castellani brooch lights up first Frome jewellery auction

11 July 2022

Topping the bill at Dore & Rees in Frome, Somerset on July 6 was this 2in (5cm) archaeological revival brooch by Castellani.

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Nash and Brangwyn fresh to the market

11 July 2022

Two fresh-to-the-market watercolours with appealing subjects by major names in the Modern British market, perhaps understandably, drew attention at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) latest specialist sale in this category.

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Keith Vaughan works on the crest of a wave

11 July 2022

Among the 20th century works on paper generating demand at regional sales in the last few months was a Keith Vaughan (1912-77) study of a group of bathers.

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Victorian pair took a passage from India

04 July 2022

A Victorian sapphire, diamond and pearl brooch-pendant was one of two pieces with Indian roots offered for sale at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Triple helping of St Ives treats

04 July 2022

Exhibitions in London, Cornwall and Edinburgh cover artists who worked in the town

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Yes!! I’ve just bid £3500 on a load of old bones…

04 July 2022

Captured on video camera and shared by the auction house on Twitter, this was the fistpumping moment of joy when historian Tom Holland bought a Psittacosaurus skeleton at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on June 30.

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Lock and key to Edward IV mourning brooch

04 July 2022

During renovations of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 1789, the tomb of the War of the Roses monarch Edward IV (1442-83) was rediscovered and his coffin accidentally opened while being moved.

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Diamond pendant was gift from a rear admiral

04 July 2022

The Summer Sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter on July 13-15 includes this mid-Victorian colour change sapphire and rose-cut diamond pendant.

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Was this the work of Wilkie?

04 July 2022

A study of a figure wearing a robe and turban drew a fierce bidding battle at Eldreds (25% buyer’s premium) in Plymouth at the end of last month.

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Shepton all set for summer

04 July 2022

“After a very busy Easter event which was spectacular, our Shepton Flea is back in full force with our next flea on Sunday, July 17”, says Sue Ede.

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Logbook records bravery of a top RAF fighter pilot

27 June 2022

The highlight of a Cornish auction on June 10 was an RAF logbook from Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot Flying Officer Arthur Peter Pease (1913-40).

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See the one that got away on sale day at a weighty £17,000

27 June 2022

This impressive carved and painted wooden half-block model of a salmon measures an impressive 4ft 10in (1.48m) across.

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Only here for the Beer – and antiques

27 June 2022

A jewellery dealer with years of experience honed at Portobello, Greenwich and Covent Garden markets now owns a busy antiques shop in east Devon.

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Pick of the week: Collection of pop culture ephemera wows at auction

20 June 2022

A collection of pop culture ephemera and football memorabilia found in a Cotswold bungalow was offered across 390 lots at auction.

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Chests from four centuries apart

20 June 2022

These two oak boarded chests, made to similar techniques four centuries apart, were offered for sale recently.

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Royal visitor takes the rostrum

20 June 2022

A regular two-day auction of silver, art and antiques? Not at Whittons in Honiton, Devon, where the firm called its sale on June 8-9 a ‘Jubilee auction’ and auctioneer Ed Whitton donned a suitably patriotic jacket and tie to sell a good range of lots such as Georgian silver and Victorian jewellery.

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Lesser names become estimate-busters in Somerset sale

20 June 2022

Strong prices do not always have to be seven, six or even five figure sums.

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Staffordshire pottery: Creators fired up by their beliefs

20 June 2022

Grisly figures burning at the stake reflected religious background of Staffordshire potters

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Record price set for a Louis Wain ceramic cat at Kinghams

20 June 2022

In June 2008, Canterbury Auction Galleries claimed a record price for a Louis Wain ceramic when a version of the 11in (28cm) Futurist Cat in blue with Amphora factory marks sold at £8200.

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Medals: not just for the military

13 June 2022

Spotlight on honours sold recently includes courageous lifesavers from civilian backgrounds.

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