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.

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Lifesaving medals sold at auction include lifeboat rescue hero

10 April 2017

It may be military gallantry medals that usually get all the glory but honours awarded to a lifeboat crew member sold in a Devon auction typify civilian bravery.


Fruits at the root of £3000 result at auction in Exeter

10 April 2017

Early children’s books and games provided some of the highlights of a March 15 sale held by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium).


Beard portraits are the early face of photography

18 March 2017

This pair of daguerrotypes are by the influential English entrepreneur and photographer Richard Beard (1801-85).

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Picasso picked up near Plymouth goes to auction

14 November 2016

Plymouth Auction Rooms made a surprise find on a recent visit to a remote Cornish cottage on the banks of the river Tamar. The auction firm was valuing a mixture of Cornish art and collectables at the address when it came across a Pablo Picasso vase.

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Tributes paid to Michael Newman

05 October 2016

Auctioneer, valuer and ‘Antiques Roadshow’ expert Michael Newman died last month, aged 80.

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Dinky diecast toy collection fetches £120,000 at Devon auction

23 June 2016

A vast collection of nearly 3500 diecast models fetched £120,000 at west country auctioneers Piers Motley. The lifetime collection of John Kinchen had been “well known in the Dinky world for decades”.

The diamond and emerald brooch

A mouldy caravan, an old bureau, a hidden drawer and the diamond brooch hiding within

27 April 2016

A rotting old caravan propped up on a farm might not sound like the kind of place you’d expect to discover a valuable family heirloom. But for a Devon-based furniture restorer, it proved just that when they found an Art Deco brooch believed to be a rare piece hiding within the contents of the van.

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£155,000 tile saved from the jumble

27 October 2015

There was drama at the Stonepark auction rooms of Rendells near Ashburton when this Isnik fritware tile was hammered down at £155,000 at their latest sale.

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Police appeal over antique shop robbery

04 April 2014

Distressing footage of a female staff member at a Devon antique shop being grabbed by a robber has been released in an attempt to track down the man

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Church asks trade to look out for stolen 15th century panels

19 August 2013

Two 15th century painted panels from an oak screen which is one of the finest examples of its kind have been ripped out by thieves at a Devon church.

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Automobilia market gets fuel injection as Devon devotee sells his stock

17 April 2013

The contents of a filling station saved from the bulldozer and then converted into a museum will be offered for sale in July.


Spitfire pilot’s medal group

16 November 2012

This DFC medal group of a British Spitfire pilot who survived the war despite crashing and being given up for dead by his colleagues has an estimate of £8000-10,000 in Plymouth Auction Rooms’ November 21 sale.


The different faces of the Doulton market

23 October 2012

In a marketplace seriously in need of entry-level collectors, the great majority of Royal Doulton character jugs and HN series figures are worth under £100 – and most of them less than £30 when sold without reserve at auction.


The collection of ‘the penalty king’

12 July 2012

Two England caps awarded to West Ham goalkeeper Ted Hufton (1892-1967) are to be sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms on July 18.