Soviet propaganda porcelain plate makes over 100-times estimate in Stratford-upon-Avon

14 September 2020

When, following the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.


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.


French automaton musical bird hits the right notes

23 April 2018

On song at Stratford-upon-Avon, a late 19th century French automaton musical bird soared beyond the £1000-1500 estimate at Bigwood (19% buyer’s premium).

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Auctioneers unite for mammoth Felix Dennis dispersal

14 August 2015

Two regional auctioneers – Halls of Shrewsbury and Bigwoods of Stratford-upon-Avon – are joining forces to conduct an ‘on-the-premises’ sale of art and antiques owned by the colourful publisher Felix Dennis (1947-2014).

Snow, then gas, blights auction

23 December 2010

WHILE a number of auctioneers had the snow to contend with, Steven B Bruce faced a double obstacle to their latest sale, now to be held in the new year.


A warrior’s £19,500 battle cry

04 January 2010

FOUR centuries of contact with the North American continent – exploration, trade, settlement, war and missionary activity – mean that, just occasionally, spectacular Native American art objects are found in the United Kingdom.


Model event helps hospice

15 September 2006

TO raise funds for the Stratford-on-Avon Hospice, Jeannette Laight of J&G Vintage Clothes Fairs, and Matt Curtis of Stratford-on-Avon hair stylists Toni & Guy held a vintage fashion show at The One Elm bar and restaurant, Guild Street on Monday September 11 where models Dani Davies and Sam Rannage, right, took to the catwalk and paraded some of the clothes that you won’t find in Top Shop.


When did you last see your Dadd?

18 July 2006

Enigmatic, elusive, rarely seen, and classified as mad – but that’s our Dadd!


Ramsbury: Police recover 140 objects

03 April 2006

A substantial portion of the antiques stolen from Ramsbury Manor, near Marlborough in Wiltshire, on February 1, have been recovered near Stratford-upon-Avon.