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Winter auction greeted with warm response

04 March 2019

The plethora of single-collection sales at the start of the year was not at the expense of old-fashioned auctions offering good-quality offerings across the range of dealing and collecting – such as the Winter Fine Arts sale at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Dorchester.

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De Wint depicts the city of York

11 February 2019

Rare work by artist best known for his Lincolnshire views is a highlight of Dorset sale.

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Mystery sitter in a bow tie

04 February 2019

This inter-war ‘English school’ portrait of a seated gentleman wearing a bow tie, bought for around £150 three decades ago, sold for an unexpected £7600 at Charterhouse (21% buyer’s premium) on January 17. The unfinished 4ft 2in x 3ft 4in (1.27 x 1.01m) oil was dated 1922 but unsigned.

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Where to be: Dorset for Black Friday deals and more art and antiques

19 November 2018

Black Friday, this year on November 23, might be an import from the US where it takes place the day after Thanksgiving, but the shopping phenomenon has taken hold in the UK.

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Recruits roar into battle encouraged by a poster

19 November 2018

This classic First World war recruitment poster with the Old Lion of Britain calling on the Young Lions to answer the call to fight is estimated at £200-400 in Onslows’ poster auction on December 14.

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Charterhouse star brooch could shine

12 November 2018

The Charterhouse two-day November 15-16 auction in Sherborne includes a substantial selection of jewellery and watches.

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Five-figure sums for sculpture, furniture and bronze politicians across early autumn sales

24 September 2018

What still feels to many like the opening month of a new season got off to an excellent start with some serious, if occasionally unexpected, five-figure bids at four major provincial salerooms.

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Sir Winston Churchill bronze maquette among collection of Sir Edward du Cann to be auctioned at Dorset saleroom

03 September 2018

The art and antiques collection of the late Tory MP who helped to bring Margaret Thatcher to power is coming to auction in Dorchester.

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Grima spearheads revival of 1960s and 70s designer jewellery

03 September 2018

His daring organic sculptural designs re-energised the British jewellery scene in post-war Britain. Now Andrew Grima’s (1921-2007) creations are leading the revival of 1960s and ‘70s designer jewellery on the secondary market.

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Old Master from ‘snail’ house sets pulses racing

27 August 2018

This Old Master painting, above, of The Adoration of the Magi in the manner of Italian painter Vincenzo Carducci (c.1576-1638) led a recent Dorset sale.

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William Morris’ pen and paint brush sell for £2200 at Dorset auction

23 July 2018

A quill and paint brush belonging to William Morris drew significant interest at Duke’s latest Art and Design sale in Dorchester.

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Top quality counts in Dorchester auction

23 July 2018

While good-quality but familiar Georgian silver such as entrée dishes, tureens and sauceboats estimated in the £6000-12,000 range met stiff resistance at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) on June 28, two top-quality pieces made their money.

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Portrait of a beautiful county

02 July 2018

From her Dorset cottage, artist and print-maker Rena Gardiner (1929-99) produced more than 40 guidebooks to historic places, buildings and the countryside, all of which she wrote, illustrated with drawings made directly onto litho plates and printed herself.

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Shop talk – Bridport Antiques

02 July 2018

In our continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops and centres, ATG talks to Richard Payne- Withers, who runs Bridport Antiques with his wife Samantha.

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Vintage car auction takes flight in Dorchester

12 June 2018

A 1908 vintage car made by the Thomas Motor Company of New York was the highlight of a sale at Duke’s Auctioneers in Dorset.

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Mughal emperor rides high to make a jumbo auction price

04 June 2018

Among several runaway lots at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) Asian Art sale in Dorchester was a 19th century Indian watercolour depicting the Mughal Emperor Akbar II on an elephant.

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South Pacific ula and canoe bailer from the family of 19th century murdered missionary hammered down at auction in Dorset

14 April 2018

A South Pacific ula throwing club and a Maori canoe bailer that once belonged to an English reverend killed by cannibals in Vanuatu in the 19th century has sold at an auction at Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester.

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Encouraging prices of ‘old-school’ furniture variety

05 March 2018

“We were particularly encouraged by the performance of the furniture with many pieces selling to trade and private buyers for ‘old school’ prices.”

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Previews: £30,000 plus

26 February 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Dorchester firm adds to ‘DNA’ as Young unveils expansion plans

12 February 2018

Duke’s of Dorchester has hired a trio of specialists to grow its auction calendar and attract consignments from outside its immediate catchment area.