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Exceptional examples of Victorian metalwork come to the fore at David Lay

17 January 2022

Christopher Dresser created a number of daring geometric designs for silver and silver-plated toast racks in the late 1870s and early 1880s, both for Hukin & Heath and for James Dixon & Son.

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Worlds of difference in a saleroom

10 January 2022

Two very different lots from a November 10 sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) are noted here.

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Knife birds bronze takes McCrum a cut above in the market

10 January 2022

Modern British sculptures were the main attraction at Wotton Auction Rooms’ (18% buyer’s premium) recent sale at Stouts Hill Manor.

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McWhirter’s four-minute-mile stopwatch clocks up five figures at auction

03 January 2022

On May 6, 1954 - the day British middle-distance athlete Roger Bannister (1929-2018) ran the first ever sub-four-minute mile - there were five official timekeepers plus a sixth watch manned by race commentator Norris McWhirter (1925-2004).

Collectors’ market still going strong in Cirencester

06 December 2021

There has been a weekly Friday antiques and collectors’ market in Cirencester’s 19th century Corn Hall in Market Square for more than 40 years.

Suffragette hunger strike medal for Frances Outerbridge

Hunger strike medal reveals story of Suffragette with a pseudonym

29 November 2021

A suffragette’s true identity may have been uncovered by an auction house.

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Shock result for the silver badge of courage

29 November 2021

A silver war badge issued to Lance-Corporal Harold Sandford Mugford of the Machine Gun Corps was a surprise highlight of a Gloucestershire sale.

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Bound for a church career

29 November 2021

Painted with an image of an urn to the front cover of its vellucent binding and with a view of Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire to the rear, the Book of Common Prayer & Book of Psalmes shown below was printed in 1774 by T Wright & W Gill for the University of Oxford.

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President portrayed in pastel

29 November 2021

Portraits by James Sharples (1751-1811) appear to make less money than you might expect given the calibre of his sitters.

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Harlow Rolls out a typical flourish

15 November 2021

A small portrait sketch of a young boy by George Henry Harlow (1787-1819) drew lively interest at the recent Fine Art & Antiques sale in Gloucestershire.

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Trafalgar hero’s coastal views

15 November 2021

Distinguished naval officer admired by Nelson was also a talented watercolour painter

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Richly illustrated Book of Hours sells at Chorley’s

08 November 2021

A great many of the lots that brought prices in the £1000-10,000 range in a recent Cheltenham sale were multiples of varying size – some running to as many as a hundred volumes – but noted here are a couple with that same Spetchley Park provenance that can be more precisely defined.

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Moorcroft made for American market reaches a high level

08 November 2021

After the James Macintyre & Co factory was awarded a gold medal at the St Louis International Exhibition in 1904, Moorcroft pottery was sold in the US by a number of boutique retailers including Shreve & Co of San Francisco and Tiffany in New York.

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Telfer channels spirit of Peploe

01 November 2021

Your starter for 10 – can you identify the artist of these still-lifes? Samuel Peploe, right?

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Micro-mosaic pictures fly over estimate and make £100,000 in Cirencester

27 October 2021

Two micro-mosaic pictures took a six-figure sum at a Cirencester saleroom – 10-times their low estimate.

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Maps and plans make a mark

27 October 2021

Stand-out cartographic lots sold in Gloucestershire include a string of early rarities

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Grocer’s shop grows into a new life

27 October 2021

Closed for almost two decades, a shop in the Cotswolds town of Dursley has been brought to life as an art and antiques business.

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Nuremberg curiosity in Glos sale

11 October 2021

Dominic Winter’s November 10 sale of Printed Books, Maps & Documents includes this first-edition, two-volume copy of Georg Wolffgang Knorr’s Deliciae naturae selectae, oder auserlesenes Naturalien-Cabinet welches aus den drey Reichen der Natur…

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Stroud Auction Rooms moves to new saleroom and changes name to Harper Field

04 October 2021

Stroud Auction Rooms is to rebrand and move to a new purpose-built saleroom.

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Frink tribute emerges from a bungalow

04 October 2021

John Rolfe from Wotton Auction Rooms had been asked to undertake a valuation for probate in a bungalow near Salisbury when he made an intriguing discovery.