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‘Am I not a Man…’ relic is a rarity in glass form

23 May 2022

The medallion of a kneeling slave asking the rhetorical question 'Am I Not A Man And A Brother?' was first made in 1787 on the founding of the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

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Pick of the week: Taking note of current affairs

09 May 2022

Among the most extraordinary of all navigational charts are the lattice ‘stick maps’ used by Marshall Islanders.

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European art – Make a continental connection

09 May 2022

Focus on 19th century works by continental European artists sold recently

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Meiji naturalism on show at Woolley & Wallis

02 May 2022

The sale of Japanese works of art at Woolley & Wallis on the morning of May 17 is led by this 8in (20cm) high silvered bronze okimono of a cockatoo.

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Dragon bowl from collection of Admiral Robert Coote emerges

02 May 2022

This Jiajing (1525-66) mark and period wucai dragon bowl will be offered for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on May 17.

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Pick of the week: Poniatowski fakes gained real appeal

18 April 2022

The story of the Poniatowski gems provided one of the great art scandals of its day.

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The Sassoon family in photographs

18 April 2022

The Modern British Art sale at Woolley & Wallis on May 31 offers family photographs that come by descent from the war poet Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967).

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Cross-culture objects becoming increasing fashionable

18 April 2022

China trade wares attract significant bidding at Dreweatts

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New viewing space in Old Sarum for Woolley & Wallis

18 April 2022

Visitors to the Furniture, Works of Art and Clocks sale at Woolley & Wallis on March 31 were the first in the auction house’s new viewing gallery at the Castle Gate premises.

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Pick of the week: Primary reasons for appeal of Omega Workshop pots

28 March 2022

Ceramics by the Omega Workshops rose to unprecedented heights on March 17. The Design sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included a small collection of pottery by Roger Fry that came for sale from the former Fulham Road dealer Andrew Harriss.

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Devlin musical box back at auction

28 March 2022

This parcel gilt musical box decorated with a frieze of figures is by Stuart Devlin (London 1975).

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98 ways to restore Poniatowski’s reputation

07 March 2022

The jewellery department at Woolley & Wallis has built up something of a reputation for selling cameos and intaglios.

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If we’re not burning coal any more, what about furniture use?

07 February 2022

Among the more unusual recent lots at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was an early Victorian table carved from parrot coal.

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Soldier's scroll paintings turn out to be lucrative birthday presents

17 January 2022

Leading a recent Woolley & Wallis' (25/12% buyer’s premium) sale in Salisbury were two scroll paintings by well-known 20th century Chinese artists that came by descent from Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (1883-1950).

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Inuit amulet is the popular pup choice

17 January 2022

A 19th century sea otter amulet in walrus ivory and baleen fashioned as a mother and her pup sold for £24,000 at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium).

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Jumbo price for Japanese rarity despite the condition

17 January 2022

Early Japanese porcelain models of animals are very rare, and this elephant form koro, c.1700, offered for sale as part of the Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) Japanese works of art sale appears to be unrecorded.

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Knight and Bomberg as war artists

03 January 2022

In 1946 the artist Laura Knight (1877-1970) was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee to create a painting of the Nuremberg Trials.

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Pick of the week: Trading places in Japan with Edo period cabinet

29 November 2021

Estimated at £40,000-60,000, a lacquer cabinet from Edo period Japan sold for £105,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on November 23.

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Art Market: Taking the underground route

29 November 2021

Paintings of caves including a view from a Channel Island in the spotlight at two salerooms

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Rattlesnake with satirical bite draws strong bidding at Woolley & Wallis

15 November 2021

Among the best-performing lots at the Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) Ceramics & Glass sale was a rare Wedgwood black basalt seal.