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Duke’s launches ‘collection care service’ with new role

28 June 2021

Dorset auction house Duke’s is creating a heritage and valuations division and has hired a former surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art to form the new team.

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Dealer and ex-auctioneer join forces to develop Dorset business

28 June 2021

Former Edinburgh Woollen Mill turned into antiques market with more than 40 dealers

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Saleroom pulls ‘looted artefacts from Maqdala’ after Ethiopian appeal

21 June 2021

A group of Ethiopian works of art believed to have been taken during the Battle of Maqdala in 1868 has been withdrawn from a Dorset auction after the Embassy of Ethiopia intervened.

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Doulton from a farmhouse comes to Charterhouse

21 June 2021

A collection of Doulton from a West Country farmhouse is included in the Charterhouse July 8-9 auction in Sherborne, Dorset.

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From portraits to kitchen china: Dewlish House auction

24 May 2021

Dewlish House yields ‘good old-fashioned house sale with everything on offer’

'A Dorset Landscape' by Algernon Newton

Pick of the week: Algernon Newton’s homage to Dorset tops Gloucestershire house sale

17 May 2021

Duke’s sale of property from Wormington Grange in Gloucestershire included a record for the Modern British painter Algernon Newton (1880-1968).

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Venus copies old and new

05 April 2021

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, has been a favourite subject in art since ancient times.

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Regency marble busts resurface together at auction

29 March 2021

The Winter Antiques Sale at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) was topped by consecutive bids of £17,000 each for two Regency white marble busts.

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Fishing rarity reels in a buyer

29 March 2021

This 3in (7.5cm) brass and ivorine fishing reel is inscribed to the face 'Ustonson & Peters, Makers to the Queen, 48 Bell Yard, Temple Bar, London'.

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Churchill puts his feet up, has a smoke and a drink

22 March 2021

British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill memorabilia in the form of slippers, brandy balloon and cigar box.

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Horse to tankard: Oliver Cromwell’s warhorse mug sells in Dorset

01 March 2021

A tankard said to be made from the hide of Oliver Cromwell’s warhorse was the toast of an auction in Dorchester.

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Walk this way for collectables

22 February 2021

With all 80 lots getting away – 79 to a single UK collector – a group of walking sticks totalled more than £40,000 at Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium).

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Gainsborough chair is sitting pretty at Locke & England auction

15 February 2021

Although now known as Gainsborough chairs, generous walnut and upholstered armchairs were often referred to by contemporaries as ‘French’ chairs, as the most elaborate styles were based on French rococo.

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Bidders hope to hook a Guercino

08 February 2021

Label, listed provenance and technical qualities lead to a contest to land a possible big Guercino catch.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.