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Russian shaska in Somerset

13 November 2023

This Russian 1881/1908 pattern dragoon officer’s shaska is estimated at £2600-3200 among a wide array of militaria on offer at Lawrences of Crewkerne on November 22.

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Charles II casket could do with a bit of love

11 September 2023

Lawrences’ (30% buyer’s premium) summer sales series in Crewkerne included a Charles II period stumpwork casket.

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A Duncan Grant market tester

28 August 2023

Testing the market for still-lifes by Bloomsbury school favourite Duncan Grant (1885-1978), a painting by the artist emerged fresh from a notable source in Somerset.

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Black Forest chess set bid three times over estimate

24 July 2023

Once thought to have been produced in the Black Forest region of Germany, chess sets like the one offered at Ewbank’s (30% buyer’s premium) on June 23, used to be called Luther sets.

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Take a detailed look at Duncan Grant

05 June 2023

Recent results for the Bloomsbury Group artist show how his prolific output creates a wide price range

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Lawrence of Arabia replies to lucky Archie

22 May 2023

The standout signature to an autograph album compiled by a boy scout in 1919 was that of Lawrence of Arabia.

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Surely you know Albert Smith?

17 April 2023

Forgotten today, a collection sold in Somerset remembers a multi-talented showman and author

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Gouaches given a seal of approval

13 March 2023

A pair of unusual works on paper by the Anglo-American painter George Henry Boughton (1833-1905) struck a chord with bidders at a sale in Somerset.

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Somerset saleroom reaps rewards from series of auctions in the new year

13 February 2023

Lawrences of Crewkerne kicks off 2023 with an extensive £1m (premium-inclusive) series of sales over several days

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Spoon dated 1796 served Lord Nelson

30 January 2023

This otherwise mundane late 18th century fiddle pattern silver dessert spoon is from Lord Nelson’s first personal service.

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Goodwin buyer ahead of the game

14 November 2022

Tory politician acquired the artist’s watercolours before London dealer raised the profile

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Sheila Fell is ‘on the crest of a wave’, says auctioneer

14 November 2022

Outside the John Patten collection at Lawrences of Crewkerne on October 12 were several other good-quality pictures boosting the bottom line.

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Coper and Rie studio pottery supply stays healthy

31 October 2022

Ceramics by Hans Coper (1920-81) and Lucie Rie (1902-95) have been assimilated into the collecting sphere of Modern British art with spectacular effect.

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Perfume burners and famous horse set the saleroom pace

24 October 2022

Leading the sale of Fine Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on October 6 was a very fine pair of blue john and ormolu perfume burners by Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill.

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Hans Coper Spade vase unearthed from lord and lady's collection

03 October 2022

The sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne on October 12 includes a collection of studio ceramics formed by Lord and Lady Peyton of Yeovil.

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Tennyson portrayed by Julia Margaret Cameron

12 September 2022

Estimated at £3000-4000, this 9½ x 12in (24 x 30.5cm) albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is offered in the Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photography auction on September 15 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Angling for Worcester teapot

29 August 2022

This Worcester teapot, offered for sale at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) in Crewkerne, dates from the first decade of factory production: c.1755-57.

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‘Manner of Solario’ work ready for restoration project

22 August 2022

A portrait of a young man once thought to be a self-portrait by the Milanese artist Andrea Solario (1460-1524) attracted keen enquiries ahead of sale.

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Go batty about a brooch

22 August 2022

Although, thanks in part to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (first published in 1897), bats have acquired a reputation as ‘creatures of the night’ in many cultures they are viewed as symbols of luck or reincarnation.

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Trafalgar celebrated with a splash of vinegar

15 August 2022

This example of the well-known Nelson memorial vinaigrette made by Matthew Linwood of Birmingham in 1805 sold for £2800 at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.