Seven works give market snapshot of Spencer Watson

15 April 2024

A group of seven works by George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) provided a boost to Minster Auctions’ (20% buyer’s premium) recent two-day sale of fine art and antiques.

JMW Turner watercolour

JMW Turner watercolour takes £96,000 at Herefordshire auction

06 March 2024

A watercolour by JMW Turner (1775-1851) depicting a famous English country estate has sold for £96,000 at Minster Auctions.


Mosse grew his pottery studio in Welsh barns

09 October 2023

Dealer Robert Pugh is bringing a collection of stoneware saltglaze pots by potter Michael Mosse (b.1951 in Yorkshire) from the 1980s onwards to the biannual Antiques in Tents.


Frank Owen Salisbury in tune with a cellist

11 September 2023

When it comes to portraits produced by Frank Owen Salisbury (1874-1962), values are frequently determined by the fame of the sitter.


Snuff mull rams in at more than 30 times top estimate

21 August 2023

The best of nine snuff mulls consigned by a titled long-standing client to Minster Auctions (16% buyer’s premium) was a treen example carved as a ram’s head with glass eyes.


Attraction of simple Hornby Dublo goods van is plain to see

26 June 2023

Not everything offered in the model railway market has to involve a glamorous name such as Flying Scotsman to make a good result.


JS spells out work of portrait miniature master John Smart

12 June 2023

Although catalogued simply as an 18th century English School miniature, this portrait of an Indian prince is discretely signed and dated JS 1793.


New faces in tents

24 April 2023

The biannual Antiques in Tents has its first outing of the year on Friday and Saturday May 12-13 with some new faces in the 60-dealer line-up.


Butterflies send collectors all of a flutter

12 December 2022

A very fine Victorian butterfly collection formed between c.1880-1920 was offered by Minster Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Leominster on November 24.


George Richardson: a man with high standards

12 December 2022

The sale at Minster Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Leominster on November 24 included a copy of an important work on neoclassical interiors.


Antiques in Tents at Burton Court for its 10th year

03 October 2022

Grade II-listed manor house Burton Court near Leominster, Herefordshire, is the setting for Antiques in Tents’ next fair on Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, with 50 dealers.


Whole lotta love for Ludlow

03 October 2022

Fairs are often good places to celebrity-spot and one of these sighted at the Ludlow fair was the veteran Led Zeppelin rock great, Robert Plant.


Novelty hip flask with Churchill connection drawers bidders in Leominster

12 September 2022

The series of novelty ‘book’ hip flasks made by James Dixon & Co of Sheffield c.1900-10 are always popular collectables.


Shield buyer parries rival bidders

29 August 2022

Aboriginal shields come in two basic types: broad shields used for deflecting projectiles and the narrow, compact parrying shields used in close contact fighting.

Captain Robert Jenkins portrait

Pick of the week: Franklin connection boosts medal group

14 February 2022

The search for doomed explorer John Franklin grips collectors almost as much as expeditions of discovery themselves.


Events held outside are relaunching after the latest easing of lockdown restrictions

19 April 2021

The start of May is likely to be a busy period with outside fairs and markets opening up around England and Wales after a protracted lockdown hibernation. Here is a snapshot of a few of them.


Table by French designer Fred Brouard boosts new saleroom

29 March 2021

The work of French designer Fred Brouard (1944-99) is not uncommon at sales in France and the US but seldom appears at auction in the UK.


'Remain busy, stay positive' in order to cope with new lockdown say dealers

11 January 2021

Firms in tier 1 enjoyed good trading in December but are now back in lockdown.


A bright new future as ‘familiar faces’ open fresh firm in Leominster

14 December 2020

A new auction firm has launched in the market town of Leominster in Herefordshire.


Marquee marks good sales pitch for Herefordshire tent event

12 October 2020

'Antiques in Tents' is latest event to get thinking creatively to ensure they can go ahead