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Up sticks from the Potteries

22 November 2021

This pair of William III silver candlesticks came for sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium).

Rare Stubbs signature surfaces at auction

22 November 2021

Bid to to £400 in an October 6 sale held by Halls (20/12% buyers premium) of Shrewsbury was a simple, partly printed receipt in the sum of three guineas with autograph additions and signature that date it to April 24, 1806.

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Early English pottery tankards bring strong interest two regional sales

15 November 2021

Pictured here are two early English pottery tankards – both of them documentary pieces.

Malvern Flea postponed until January

15 November 2021

B2B Events has announced the cancellation of its last event of the year, the Malvern Flea & Collectors’ Fair at the Three Counties Showground on Sunday, December 5.

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Art & Antiques for Everyone: Birmingham fair keeps it simple

15 November 2021

Tweaked procedures and pricing policy is proving successful as major event finally returns

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Fishing gear to catch your eye

08 November 2021

‘I have laid aside business and gone a’fishing,’ said Izaak Walton in 'The Compleat Angler', a celebration of the art and spirit of fishing first published in 1653.

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The sevenpenny Churchill work

01 November 2021

Copies of the 1900, first edition of Winston Churchill’s novel Savrola have made as much as £3500 at auction.

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Vendor who bought pictures direct from Tunnicliffe family

27 October 2021

Among the Charles Tunnicliffe works drawing the most attention at Halls’ sale on September 15 (see main story) were pictures bought by the vendor directly from the artist’s family, with whom they were acquainted.

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Tunnicliffe taken out of a wardrobe

27 October 2021

Excellent selection of the artist’s wildlife works had been wrapped up and kept pristine.

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Dapper dummy made in Austria, brought to UK, now heads to US

18 October 2021

This ventriloquist’s dapper dummy was one of the surprise star turns at Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Shrewsbury auction.

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Tolkien signature discovery boosts Hobbit value

18 October 2021

It was when the book was in the process of being catalogued by Bretells (19% buyer’s premium) of Newport, Shropshire, that a second impression copy of Tolkien’s The Hobbit was seen to bear the author’s signature.

Mourning rings

Mourning glory: set of rings takes £31,000

11 October 2021

Gold and enamel mourning rings remembered at Birmingham auction.

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Art & Antiques for Everyone fair back in Birmingham in November

04 October 2021

Organisers of the Art & Antiques for Everyone (AAfE) fair have announced it will return this winter to its venue at the NEC in Birmingham from November 25-28.

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Cotswold fair makes its debut appearance at Compton Verney after enforced move

04 October 2021

Grand venues can work wonders for fair organisers helping to get punters through the door while providing an ideal backdrop for dealers to showcase their stock.

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5 Questions: Steven Beale of Trinity House Paintings

04 October 2021

Involved in the art industry since he was 16, Steven Beale opened Trinity House Paintings in the Cotswolds village of Broadway in 2006.

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Explorer Rolex finds eager buyer

27 September 2021

A Richard Winterton (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Lichfield included this 1973 Rolex Explorer II which sparked international interest.

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Medal group and archive breaks through walls at auction

27 September 2021

One of the most daring air operations of the Second World War included New Zealand pilot Flight Lieutenant Maxwell Nicholas Sparks as a participant.

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Dates to remember for mourning jewellery

20 September 2021

Fellows’ Fine Jewellery sale in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on September 30 includes an extraordinary collection of 63 mourning rings.

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Belleek porcelain beckons bidders from all over the world

20 September 2021

A collection of Belleek porcelain totalled £7600 at Cuttlestones (20% buyer’s premium) on July 21.

Gaganendranath Tagore picture

Tagore ink painting brings Indian summer

13 September 2021

A mount to an ‘Indian school’ ink wash offered by Cuttlestones in Penkridge on September 2 read simply 'G Tagore'.

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