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Lewd awakenings in salerooms

20 January 2020

Pocket guide to pleasure stimulates in Staffs and saucy memoir excites bidders in Yorks.

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Halls to auction 400 works from Lloyds Bank collection

13 January 2020

Halls of Shrewsbury is to sell more than 400 paintings on behalf of Lloyds Bank in an online sale later this month. The consignment will make up part of a Modern and Contemporary Art online auction, which starts on January 17 and ends on January 31.

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Dresser’s genius brings happy returns

13 January 2020

The Design sale at Christie’s New York (25/20% buyer’s premium) on December 13 included the return to the auction room of one of the famous series of electroplated teapots made by James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield, c.1879, to designs by Christopher Dresser.

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Remarkable mustard pots from Shennan collection turn heads at Evesham sale

13 January 2020

The sale at Kingham & Orme (20% buyer’s premium) in Evesham on December 6-7 included the second instalment of the remarkable Shennan collection of silver mustard pots, this time featuring examples made in the reigns of George IV to Victoria (1821-1901).

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The tale of the Warwick vase told in many sizes

13 January 2020

Although turned down at the time by the British Museum, a 2nd century vase with Bacchic ornament found by Gavin Hamilton near Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli c.1771 proved a sensation with 18th century connoisseurs.

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Pugin’s christening gift draws strong interest

13 January 2020

This small Gothic Revival beaker was made by ecclesiastical metal manufacturer John Hardman (Birmingham, 1848) at the height of the first partnership with AWN Pugin.

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Silver coffee pots: a selection of hammer highlights

13 January 2020

The typical Georgian silver coffee pot is one of the great bargains of 21st century antiques collecting.

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Boy pilot takes flight

06 January 2020

As implied by a plaque to the base titled 'Aeroplane Par Omertz' [sic], this gilt bronze and ivory figure of a boy in an aeroplane was by Georges Omerth (fl.1895-1925).

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Single-owner Lalique lots excite bidders

06 January 2020

International interest at the Kingham & Orme (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Evesham on December 6-7 focused on René Lalique. A single-owner collection of the great French designer’s work attracted multiple phone and internet bidders from the US, the Continent and Russia.

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Art & Antiques for Everyone fair to expand disciplines to include mid-century

16 December 2019

Organisers of Art & Antiques for Everyone at Birmingham’s NEC are looking to include mid-century, vintage, salvage and garden statuary at the fair to boost visitor and exhibitor numbers.

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Stewart-Lockhart leaves auction house Woolley & Wallis and Lamond joins

16 December 2019

Jeremy Lamond, former director of Halls, will be joining auction house Woolley & Wallis at the end of March 2020 as head of the valuations department and associate director.

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Art and Antiques for Everyone: ‘We’re rebuilding from the ground up’

16 December 2019

Exhibitors were encouraged by the second Art and Antiques for Everyone (AAfE) under ambitious new owner MaD Events.

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Sold at Art and Antiques for Everyone

16 December 2019

A selection of sales made at Art and Antiques for Everyone.

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Jeremy Lamond conducts last sale at Halls

12 December 2019

Jeremy Lamond’s final auction as Halls’ fine art director took place this week with the annual Christmas sale in Shrewsbury.

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Tables piled with toys

09 December 2019

Just in time for Christmas, BP Fairs, aka Barry and Ellis Potter and family, will be holding a toy, train and collectors’ fair at the Stafford County Showground on Sunday, December 15.

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Bobby Moore's first international cap as England captain sells for £11,000 at auction

30 November 2019

The first cap as England captain won by 1966 World Cup winner Bobby Moore sold for £11,000 at a Shropshire auction along with an array of FA Cup and Manchester United programmes.

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Sèvres vase at Trevanion & Dean was ‘gift from French king’

25 November 2019

An impressive 23in (58cm) tall Sèvres vase offered by Shropshire auction house Trevanion & Dean (20% buyer’s premium) had a lot going for it historically but a considerable amount of condition problems.

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Wolley winds up to £4800

18 November 2019

Most regionally made Georgian oak longcase clocks can now be bought for under £500 but this example is by a highly regarded and collectable maker: John Wolley or Woolley (c.1738-95) of Codnor, Derbyshire.

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Unsentimental decision to split Queen Anne silver tazza and tankard after 300 years together

18 November 2019

Although the catalogue noted the rarity of a Queen Anne silver tazza and tankard having been together for more than 300 years, they were offered separately at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Beastly Beswick rarities in demand

18 November 2019

In the resilient Beswick market, collectors paid high prices for some rarities – even modern prototypes – at autumn sales.

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