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Heraldic manuscripts lead Halls sale in Shrewsbury

10 September 2018

Two lots offering heraldic manuscripts – one of them being of particular regional interest – produced the highest bids in a mixed sale of collectables and militaria held in Shrewsbury.

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Rossetti the salesman – unrecorded letters from Pre-Raphaelite patron’s collection discovered in house clearance

17 August 2018

A large cache of letters from Victorian artists including founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) have been consigned to Shropshire auctioneers Trevanion & Dean.

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Spitfire flypasts and vintage makeovers: New festival at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford launchs this weekend

10 August 2018

A new Vintage and Handmade Festival launches this weekend at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shropshire.

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George II-style mirror is good looker and good seller

02 July 2018

It was catalogued as 19th century, with a replaced plate, later back batons, small chips and wear, age cracks and the gilt painted surface was thick and not original.

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Howard Carter hits out at Curse of Tutankhamen in letters sold at Shropshire auction

20 June 2018

The supposed Curse of Tutankhamen has somewhat overshadowed the astonishing discoveries of Howard Carter, the British archaeologist and Egyptologist.

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Dirty Dozen member is one to watch at auction

04 June 2018

Individually, watches which the War Office commissioned from 12 Swiss makers during the Second World War are not as highly rated as other military watches – but as a set they are a holy grail for British collectors.

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Pair portrays elegance of Yorkshire nobility

21 May 2018

Guided at £200-400, a pair of 17th century British school portraits (one pictured below) went on to fetch £1150 each at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury.

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Caddy makes a return to the Netherlands

02 April 2018

Harking back to when the Netherlands was a powerful player in the tea trade, a rare, early 18th century silver caddy attracted international interest at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury.

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Petit service is big-seller

26 March 2018

Porcelain by Jacob Petit (1797-1868) is a scarce sight at provincial rooms.

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Sweet okimono success in Shropshire

12 March 2018

Widely exported during the Meiji period to a Western market newly awake to the skills of Japanese craftsmen, okimono now often appear at provincial salerooms.

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Buyers hooked by classic salmon lures

26 February 2018

Skilfully designed to catch salmon, fishing flies and lures hooked enthusiasts at Shropshire sporting specialist Mullock’s (20% buyer’s premium) fishing sale which included the work of two great names in the angling lexicon.

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Coffee cup not a has-bean at sale

26 February 2018

Made in Switzerland for the Turkish market, in the late 19th century this zarf (coffee cup), below, had endured some rough treatment over the years before appearing at the Shropshire rooms of Trevanion & Dean (19% buyer’s premium).

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Mahatma Gandhi and Beatrix Potter correspondence at UK sales

19 February 2018

Children’s author Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) and Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) don’t seem to have much in common. At separate auctions held later this month, however, both will have correspondence appearing on the market for the first time.

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Halls’ shake-up revives stand-alone Asian sale

15 January 2018

New year brings a new sales calendar at Halls of Shrewsbury, not least launching a dedicated Asian art auction.

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Best Trevanion & Dean sale is a suite success

04 December 2017

Founded three years ago, the Whitchurch, Shropshire, firm of Trevanion & Dean (19% buyer’s premium) enjoyed its best sale so far when the 950 lots, ranging from Renaissance art to contemporary glass, totalled £250,000 on November 18.

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Manchester United match programme from game watched by 8456 on a freezing February midweek afternoon

17 November 2017

Love or hate Manchester United, it’s fair to say they do enjoy a bit of success. Although the past few seasons have been a relatively lean time, they can still boast 20 league titles, 17 FA and League Cups, three European Cups/Champions Leagues plus a Cup-Winners Cup and Europa League thrown in.

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Cecil Kennedy shows petal power

13 November 2017

This archetypal still-life by Cecil Kennedy (1905-97) topped Halls’ (20% buyer’s premium) £300,000 auction on October 18.

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Soprano is high-note act in Shropshire as hall hosts autumn fair

06 November 2017

Singer-songwriter Rebecca Newman will be scaling up Emma and Oli Jones’ antiques, art and vintage fair this autumn.

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Golf and cricket score at auction

30 October 2017

Golf tournament programmes in Mullock’s (19% buyer’s premium) sale of golf and other sporting memorabilia of October 18-19 included the one shown here, issued for the 1933 Ryder Cup, played on the Southport and Ainsdale courses in 1937.

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Shop talk – Bridgnorth Antique Centre

02 October 2017

In our continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Nigel Bate who opened Bridgnorth Antique Centre earlier this year.