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‘Father of the RAF’ swords

05 October 2020

Lawrences’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Crewkerne on September 10 featured three swords that came to auction from the family of the ‘Father of the RAF’: Viscount Trenchard GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO (1873-1956).

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Lenkiewicz turns art into saleroom gold

28 September 2020

Early work by the Plymouth artist portrays himself alongside German alchemist

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Egyptian mask comes to Somerset auction

14 September 2020

This Egyptian polychrome painted wood sarcophagus mask comes from the lid of an anthropoid coffin. These were coffins carved to the outline of the mummy’s body and decorated with the face and wig of the deceased.

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Carving much mightier than a mouse

24 August 2020

The Robert Thompson firm produced shire horses, such as this example offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on July 23, from the 1960s-90s.

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Sapphire brooch brings phone bids aplenty at Lawrences

17 August 2020

Sapphires come in a range of hues from colourless to blue. The ‘fancy’ canary yellow stones, caused by trace amounts of iron, are particularly desirable - the best found in Sri Lanka.

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Dresden Shepherds get bidders flocking in

10 August 2020

Pair thought to be Derby are rated as Gilbody rarities by specialist and dealer who competed

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Sickert shows his lighter side at Lawrences' auction

03 February 2020

Late work by the pivotal avant-garde painter belies the dark nature of earlier works

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Simple but sophisticated chest boasts ingenious woodworking technique.

03 February 2020

Although outwardly simple objects, cedar ‘bent corner’ chests, still made today by the indigenous people of the Pacific North West, employ a number of sophisticated woodworking techniques.

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Cufflinks with the royal cypher draw bidders at Lawrences

27 January 2020

This pair of silver and enamel cufflinks with the royal cypher of George VI comes in a presentation box by Plante of Bury Street, London.

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Pick of the week: Medieval gaming piece depicting Aesop’s Fable sells for £40,000

20 January 2020

An unusual but welcome inclusion to the latest silver and vertu sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne was a medieval walrus ivory tableman or backgammon piece.

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Big names boost Aesthetic appeal at auction

18 November 2019

Even during his lifetime Edward William Godwin complained that ebonised tables to his textbook ‘Anglo-Japanese’ design c.1867-68 were being copied by a number of different manufacturers.

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Unsentimental decision to split Queen Anne silver tazza and tankard after 300 years together

18 November 2019

Although the catalogue noted the rarity of a Queen Anne silver tazza and tankard having been together for more than 300 years, they were offered separately at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Mappin’s entry to Modern Jewellery

11 November 2019

A letter accompanying this gold, diamond and fire opal brooch, formed as a columbine, below, confirms it was part of the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery held at The Goldsmiths Hall, London, in 1961.

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Nicholson lights up Somerset sale

04 November 2019

Simple still-life of flowers showcases the Mod Brit artist’s love of colour and luminosity

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Great War mascot fits the Bill

28 October 2019

The Old Bill motorcar mascot was a popular item during and after the Great War.

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Letters reveal a time of turmoil

28 October 2019

English Civil War material is of particular note in a broad-ranging Somerset auction

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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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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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Preiss is right ahead of ivory ban

05 August 2019

Under forthcoming UK ivory legislation, there will be no legitimate market for bronze and ivory Art Deco figures.