News


Categories

Dorset


Hardy.jpg

Dorset museum raises funds to secure Thomas Hardy archive from London book dealer

07 January 2021

The Dorset Archives Trust (DAT) has raised the final £5000 needed to purchase a collection of important manuscript and printed material once owned by novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).

img_23-5.jpg

Russell Flint returns in the same packing tube

21 December 2020

The mixed-owner element of a recent Onslows’ sale included a William Russell Flint (1890-1969) LNER poster showing Bamburgh Castle.

img_23-1.jpg

Travel posters: Quality counts as classic examples at auction underline the appeal of rare works

21 December 2020

A ‘superb connoisseur’s collection’ of classic travel posters underlined the appeal of rare works from the biggest names of this genre

img_16-3.jpg

Magnificent monteith is £90,000 prize

30 November 2020

It is thought that the earliest Chinese porcelain monteith appeared c.1715, coinciding with the establishment of the East India Company’s factory in Canton.

img_15-2.jpg

ʻThe epitome of old European taste’: British diplomat's collection of Chinese ceramics sells at Semley Auctions

30 November 2020

Semley Auctions (22% buyer’s premium) in Dorset secured one of the choice consignments this season: the Martin Robert Morland (1933-2020) collection of Chinese ceramics.

img_18-1.jpg

Qianlong masterworks or honorific doppelgangers?

30 November 2020

The unusual Chinese porcelain model (pictured below) forms the shape of a lingzhi stem vividly enamelled with a blend of green, blue and pink glazes. It measures 9in (23cm) high and carries a Qianlong (1736-95) mark.

img_43-7.jpg

5 Questions: Contemporary British art dealer Mark Jerram

16 November 2020

Mark Jerram specialises in contemporary figurative pictures and sculpture by Contemporary British artists at his business The Jerram Gallery in Dorset.

img_34-3.jpg

Iona in oil and watercolour

09 November 2020

Two Scottish coastal pictures attracted multiple bidders at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) latest Art & Design sale.

img_18-3.jpg

Fragment of magnificent dish makes bullish £4600

02 November 2020

This tin-glazed earthenware fragment comes from a once magnificent early Italian maiolica ‘istoriato’ dish from the first half of the 16th century.

img_58-3.jpg

Grandma’s Attic restarts with the popular Wimborne event

02 November 2020

Grandma’s Attic Fairs is holding its first antiques and collectors’ event this weekend since lockdown in early March.

img_14-7.jpg

All you need for a civilised packed lunch

19 October 2020

Motor cars became more affordable and reliable particularly in the 1920s-30s, making day trips increasingly popular.

img_16-3.jpg

Skeaping ahead: bronze equestrian group leaps over estimate in Poole

28 September 2020

Just occasionally it doesn’t always pay to catalogue with great depth.

img_19-4.jpg

Himalayan raja rises to £4600 when reoffered

07 September 2020

An intriguing Indian miniature portrait drew strenuous competition against an estimate of just £30-50 at Clarke’s (18% buyer’s premium) in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

img_15-4.jpg

Classy canes draw interest in regional sales

31 August 2020

This sailor’s walking cane below displays many elements of the scrimshander’s art: a whalebone shaft carved with spiral fluting, collars inlaid with shell from the hawksbill turtle and a handle carved as a dove from the tooth of a sperm whale.

img_24-2.jpg

Julia Margaret Cameron quartet was once part of a photograph album

17 August 2020

Pictured here are two of four photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) sold via thesaleroom.com for £8000 by Duke’s (22% buyer’s premium) of Dorchester.

img_21-1.jpg

Thorburns break from country house cover

10 August 2020

The contents of a country house in Exmouth turned up not one but two large watercolours by Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935), the pre-eminent British painter of ornithological subjects.

img_21-4.jpg

Collectors compete for dial clock

20 July 2020

Estimated at £150-200, this Georgian dial clock stormed to £4800 at Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium) in Sherborne. Two collectors made much of the bidding.

img_23-1.jpg

German artist's view of Oxford from afar brings bidding at Sherborne sale

06 July 2020

The German-born watercolourist and musician John Baptist Malchair (c.1730-1812) was a key figure in 18th century Oxford.

img_22-1.jpg

Auctioneers in Dorset and Cornwall benefit from vendors with close links to famous artists

06 July 2020

Consignments from vendors with a close connection to famous artists are always a welcome boon for any auction.

img_12-1.jpg

Bloomsbury bohemian rhapsody as Vanessa Bell paintings emerge in Dorchester

20 April 2020

The bohemian lives of the Bloomsbury Group of artists have long been a source of fascination for the British public.