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Fresh wave of demand on the cards

08 August 2022

Overseas interest in tribal art and Doulton Lambeth wares fuelled the higher prices at Cuttlestones’ (20% buyer’s premium) Penkridge sale but it was a new outbreak of cardomania which raised temperatures of collectors across England.

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Traders take palace trip

25 July 2022

“Dealers are coming from far and wide including Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and of course Worcestershire and the West Midlands in general,” says Paul Rowson, who in May launched his new antiques and collectors’ fair in the atmospheric setting of Hartlebury Castle in Worcester, known as the Bishops’ Palace.

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‘Of a superior character to Tunbridge ware’, maker claimed

25 July 2022

“Analogous to the Tunbridge ware but of a superior character” was Robert Russell’s description of his work at the 1851 Great Exhibition.

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Buyers bag onion form bottles

25 July 2022

This sealed and dated onion in olive green glass, below, comes with a handwritten scrap of paper inscribed 'George found [this bottle] when he dived into the Thames at Windsor'. The seal reads 'S Slater 1710'.

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Bunnykins figures set Doulton record

18 July 2022

A new record for a Royal Doulton figure has been set in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Art Deco necklace bearing the Boivin mark makes over 10-times estimate

04 July 2022

This Art Deco turquoise, rock crystal and black enamelled silver necklace carries the maker’s mark of the celebrated French atelier René Boivin.

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Winterton jewellery team expands

04 July 2022

The jewellery team at Richard Winterton Auctioneers has expanded.

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Relic of George III at Fellows

04 July 2022

The Fine Jewellery auction at Fellows on August 4 includes a gold George III mourning ring.

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Sir Matthew Smith work sold at second attempt

06 June 2022

Showing the growing sensitivity towards estimates in the Modern British market, a portrait by Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959) that had been unsold at Halls last year did rather better when it was reoffered last month with a reduced pitch.

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John Bratby, the pretty and the gritty

06 June 2022

Bright sunflowers and urban scene demonstrate different sides of the Mod Brit artist

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Fellows teams up with historian to offer Elizabethan manor house tour

07 May 2022

Auction house Fellows is working with historian Dr Nicola Tallis to host a tour, talks and a musical performance at Harvington Hall.

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Kendall carved out a reputation for quality

02 May 2022

This large oak Orientalist carving, 'Eastern Slave Girl', is by the Victorian woodcarver Thomas Henry Kendall.

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How Londoners got stuffed

02 May 2022

Book on offer at fishing tackle fair tells story of East End taxidermists who preserved catches

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Works by Bratby and Lowndes emerge at Halls

25 April 2022

One of the highlights at the timed online of Modern and Contemporary Art Auction at Halls of Shrewsbury, which closes on May 2, is a large painting of sunflowers by John Bratby (1928-92).

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Retro fair makes call on name change

25 April 2022

The National Vintage Communications Fair has rebranded itself and is now called RetroTechUK.

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Bronze stars in Birmingham’s NEC fair

25 April 2022

A 19th century French bronze of a woman in a hat was among the highlight sales at the recent Art & Antiques for Everyone fair at Birmingham’s NEC.

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A break from frozen sheep

18 April 2022

Scottish artist Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) is best known for his snowy landscapes with sheep that earned him the nickname ‘Frozen Mutton Farquharson’.

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Kendall’s skill was a revelation

18 April 2022

The master wood carver and furniture maker copied out missing Bible pages when aged just 13.

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Victorian lamps get clean away

04 April 2022

A large collection of Victorian oil lamps was sold by Fellows (23% buyer’s premium) as part of a timed online auction ending on March 15.

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Cotswolds Curated makes debut

28 March 2022

Exhibitions event features nine dealers from Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire

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