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Vase bought at Sotheby’s Seligman sale reappears in Bath auction

26 July 2021

This small Transitional porcelain vase came for sale at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium) in Corsham, Bath, on July 1.

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Relics reflect Titanic rescue attempt… then body search

24 May 2021

Titanic specialist auction house Henry Aldridge & Son sells poignant items related to the rescue and recovery ships.

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Beatrix Potter pottery by Grimwade’s

26 April 2021

Not to be confused with the modern Peter Rabbit series by Wedgwood, much scarcer teawares were made by the Grimwade’s factory in the 1920s.

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Bowie unreleased and unheard

05 April 2021

Space for an oddity in your vinyl collection? David Bowie fans obviously feel that way.

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The 1970s new wave of ceramics flows to Wiltshire

15 March 2021

British Studio Ceramic is Messums Wiltshire’s third annual show.

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Doucai cups bring international bids to defy damage issues

01 March 2021

In poor condition but made in the coveted Yongzheng (1722-1735) period, this pair of Doucai porcelain cups attracted bids from China, Canada, Scandinavia and Spain as well as the UK.

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Dealer's latest show focuses on Henry Lamb's bucolic view of life

08 February 2021

Exhibition shows how the artist returned from the First World War in a mellowed mood

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London dealers Tucker and Tozer relocate business to Wiltshire

25 January 2021

After more than 20 years operating a gallery in St James’s, central London, Asian Art dealers Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer have relocated the dealership to Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

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Police alerted to missing collection of porcelain from Wiltshire auction house

16 January 2021

A Wiltshire auction house has alerted the trade to a missing collection of porcelain.

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Talisman boss sets up new business in Wiltshire

07 December 2020

Wiltshire shop marks return to the spotlight for Talisman boss but in a more relaxed mood.

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Wiltshire ‘collective’ hails slow but steady transatlantic deliveries

23 November 2020

Shipping in the older, literal sense of the word has played a vital role in coping with robust international demand during the current Covid-19 challenges, according to a Wiltshire business.

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Back-to-front way of doing business

23 November 2020

Quirky might be a way to describe Andrew Blackall’s antiques shop which is both Number 56 and 70 in the High Street, Corsham.

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British Dominion: rare petrol pump globe makes £23,000 at Richard Edmonds

16 November 2020

Every collector of glass petrol pump globes – or lenses as they are known in the US – hopes to own examples by the classic big brands: BP, Shell, Esso and the like.

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Butler’s garden blooms in Wiltshire saleroom

09 November 2020

This small watercolour by Irish artist Mildred Anne Butler (1858-1941) titled 'The Garden, Kilkenny' sold for an unexpected £2500 at Wessex Auction Rooms (17% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham.

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‘Pussy Galore’ Rolex watch bought in Singapore brings demand in Wiltshire

02 November 2020

The Rolex GMT-Master Ref 6542 is known to collectors as the ‘Pussy Galore’ as it was worn by Honor Blackman in Goldfinger. Made from 1954-59, it was replaced by the more commonly encountered GMT-Master Ref 1675.

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‘Retro’ drinking glasses are Hoffman classics

26 October 2020

The sale at Wessex Auction Rooms (17% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham on October 17 included this lot catalogued as ‘a retro banded glass decanter and glasses together with a set of similar shot glasses’. The estimate was just £15-25.

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Promotion poster pre-Titanic tragedy comes to Wiltshire sale

19 October 2020

This lithographic poster design of Titanic and Olympic, c.1910-11, was withdrawn after the disaster of 1912 so there are only a handful in existence today. They would have been used in travel agents and White Star Line offices to advertise the liners.

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Naval scene with links to Nelson family comes to auction in Wiltshire

16 September 2020

A naval scene by the well-known marine artist Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867) that has provenance to the families of Lord Hood and Horatio Nelson is coming to auction at Henry Aldridge & Son.

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African American battalion medal from American Civil War comes to auction in Wiltshire

02 September 2020

This rare award, a Colored Troops Medal or Butler Medal of 1864, comes for sale at the Medals & Coins, Arms & Armour Militaria at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on September 23 with an estimate of £8000-12,000.

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Beat that: what a festival line-up

10 August 2020

Although a smaller affair than the much better-known Isle of Wight festival of the same year, the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, held on June 27-28, 1970, at the Shepton Mallet showground, boasted perhaps the greatest UK music festival line-up of all time.