Chinese vase and trinket make multi-estimate prices after emerging at regional auctions

01 July 2019

Catalogued as a ‘tin glazed hand painted Chinese vase – 17in (42cm) tall’ and estimated at £50-80, a late 17th century Kangxi period famille verte porcelain vase of waisted trumpet form sold on June 22 for a healthier £12,000 – 150 times the top estimate.


The Ashburton trail begins to grow

17 June 2019

Six months ago a small town on the edge of Dartmoor with a population of 4000 launched an antiques trail to promote all 11 of its antiques and vintage shops. Now the Ashburton Antiques Trail includes both the expansion of one of its existing businesses into larger premises and the arrival of a 12th antiques shop.


Cricket scene bowls over bidders

01 April 2019

Providing a stern test of the resolve of cricket enthusiasts, a Victorian loving cup was the unexpected star of Michael J Bowman’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Chudleigh.


Silver with rare Marks

25 March 2019

Having produced only 700-800 works in his short-lived career, Gilbert Marks (1861-1905) is not among the best-known silversmiths of his generation but was considered one of the foremost craftsmen of his day.

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Devon auction to offer library of renowned botanist

17 March 2019

Running to just 60 or so pages, a little promotional work called ‘Autotypography: Or Art of Nature-Printing...’ coming up for sale in Devon on March 26 proves to have a rather complex tale to tell.


Hydrangea vase blooms in Devon

04 February 2019

This late 19th century cameo glass vase by the highly collectable Stourbridge maker Stevens & Williams was the outstanding offering among the 195 lots at Michael J Bowman’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Chudleigh on January 19.


Chinese vase smashes Exeter saleroom record taking £460,000 at auction

31 January 2019

The potential for vendors, and auctioneers, to strike it rich in the field of Chinese works of art is alive and well.


Bobbin in to Honiton fair

28 January 2019

The antiques-rich town of Honiton in Devon is famed for its bobbin lacemaking since the 16th century.


On the Devon antiques trail in Ashburton

14 January 2019

Edinburgh offers an antiques trail as does Carmarthenshire in Wales. Now it’s the turn of Ashburton, a small town in south Devon on the edge of Dartmoor with a population of 4000.

Page turns over new Devon leaf

26 November 2018

News from Antiques on High, the antiques centre saved for the city of Oxford when it was bought by antique furniture dealer Vincent Page last year, alerted via a tweet about a story in ATG.


Dealers organise West Country showcase for textiles

17 September 2018

Organised by the well-known Somerset textiles dealers Liz and Jack van Hasselt, the regular West Country Textiles Weekend takes place next on Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7.

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Silversmith appeals to antiques and jewellery trade to help find stolen silver artwork

20 August 2018

Award-winning designer and silversmith Wayne V Meeten is appealing to the trade to help him find his stolen silver truffle box.


Antiques blossom amid flower power at Devon fair

23 July 2018

The Royal Horticultural Society’s 65-acre gardens in a north Devon valley form the fragrant floral backdrop for Devon County Antiques Fairs’ quarterly two-day antiques and collectors’ events.


Cornish B&B consignment checks in to Devon auction

26 March 2018

Considering retiring and selling up, the owner of a Cornish B&B owner consigned the George III, japanned chest on stand, below, to Honiton saleroom Chilcotts (19.5% buyer’s premium) to test the market.


John Nash is flavour of the months

05 March 2018

The Buckinghamshire countryside, with its rolling hills, fields, hedgerows and trees, inspired much of the art of John Nash (1893-1977), the younger and less well-known brother of Paul Nash.


Textiles fair follows proud tradition in Devon

29 January 2018

The antiques-rich Devon town of Honiton was famed for its bobbin lacemaking since the 16th century when it was introduced by Flemish refugees.


Rie stays on song in Devon

09 October 2017

Part of a consignment from a deceased estate in Totnes, this stoneware bowl by red-hot studio pottery favourite Dame Lucie Rie was a near certainty to exceed the £6000-9000 estimate when Chudleigh auction house Michael J Bowman (17.5% buyer’s premium) received a £20,000 commission bid from Japan ahead of the September 23 Devon sale.

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Trench art knife is reminder of First World War Eagle Hut haven away from home

22 August 2017

A simple inscription on an antique can lead to a fascinating trail of research revealing so much more than just the story of the item itself. Take a 10in (25.5cm) long knife coming up in the Chilcotts sale in Honiton on September 9, estimated at £80-120.


Royal rarity lifts Doulton figure price

08 May 2017

Not so much in demand as they once were, Royal Doulton figurines still have their devoted following, particularly when they are rarities such as the Lady Jester (HN1222) piece offered at Michael J Bowman (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Chudleigh on March 25.


Unknown portrait is top lot at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auction

03 May 2017

A portrait of a beautiful but mysterious 19th century lady led a sale at Exeter-based auction house Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood taking a hammer price of £155,000.