Yorkshire and the Humber


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Spode service heads to US

23 March 2020

With supply generally exceeding demand for Spode services – such was their abundance on tables of the 19th century middle class – prices at auction remain modest.

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Rare photos of Alaskan ‘Gold Rush' bid to over 25-times estimate

23 March 2020

An album of 35 photographs relating to the Alaskan ‘Gold Rush’ of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries sold for £1900 rather than the estimate of £50-70 in a recent North Yorkshire sale.

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Kashmir woollen design is surprise top seller as a family estate comes to Yorkshire auction

23 March 2020

Long unseen material from the country home of an ancient English family brought some estimate-demolishing five-figure bids at Morphets (17.5% buyer’s premium) including a genuine sleeper.

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Top of the Lowry prints league

16 March 2020

Limited-edition work showing Salford artist’s famous football scene nets a new high

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‘Dragon’ dishes fire up a house record in East Yorkshire

09 March 2020

A pair of doucai ‘dragon’ dishes that was entered for sale by a local vendor sold for over 25-times estimate at East Yorkshire saleroom Hawley’s.

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Brid buffet serves up vintage treats

02 March 2020

The vintage contents of a railway station buffet offered in East Yorkshire were not the most upmarket pieces – nothing made more than £2000 – but more than 400 people packed the room and online bids came from India, the US and Finland. It gave veteran auctioneer Andy Spicer only his second white-glove sell-out in 35 years on the rostrum.

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York fair organiser launches another event in nearby market town

17 February 2020

Born and raised in York, Richard Cawood is the organiser of the city’s triannual 'Antique Home & Vintage Fair' and has now launched a second, smaller event in the nearby East Yorkshire market town of Pocklington.

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Rockingham ceramics on offer in Rotherham

10 February 2020

On March 2 in Thurcroft, Rotherham, Paul Beighton will offer the second instalment of the Rowley collection of Rockingham pottery and porcelain produced locally in nearby Swinton in the first half of the 19th century. The collection was some 20 years in the making and comprised just over 120 pieces in total.

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Portrait miniature marking naval battle bravery sold in Yorkshire

03 February 2020

This early 19th century portrait miniature offered for sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn is widely believed to depict the Irish naval officer Sir Henry D’Esterre Darby (1749-1823). To the reverse is a crystal retaining a lock of hair.

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Stunning hoard of sealed bottles dug up on a building site could fetch £20,000

27 January 2020

A spectacular cache of sealed 17th century bottles unearthed by workmen in Worcestershire will come to auction this year.

Rose & Brown back in town

27 January 2020

In West Yorkshire this weekend, Rose & Brown Vintage will occupy the atmospheric setting of Sunny Bank Mills, near Leeds, built in 1829 and disused as a textile mill since the mid-20th century.

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Pick of the week: Rusty Scottish Highland sword makes £30,000

27 January 2020

Claymores (the word comes from the Scottish Gaelic claidheamh-mor meaning ‘great sword’) were the weapon of choice in the ongoing warfare between Highland clans and border skirmishes with the English from c.1400-1700.

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Tennants go under starter’s orders for a new sporting art sale

27 January 2020

North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) got its inaugural sale of sporting art off to a good start, selling just over £100,000 worth of pictures and sculpture.

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Sheffield fleamarket thrives on extra buzz

27 January 2020

The Sheffield Antiques Quarter’s popular monthly community 60-trader antiques and vintage fleamarket at the 1920s-built Abbeydale Picture House will have an added buzz this year.

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New year temptations: a feast of Poole, Minton, Troika and Border ceramics on the menu

20 January 2020

It was during the Carter, Stabler and Adams period in the 1920s-30s that some of the most memorable Poole wares were produced. Much of this Art Deco range – red earthenwares covered in a white slip and a semi-matt-glaze before decoration in a variety of Jazz Age patterns – was based on the work of chief designer Truda Carter.

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York book fair attracts record crowd

20 January 2020

‘Long and intensive build-up’ on Facebook brings in younger buyers to one-day event, writes Jeremy Carson.

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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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Elstob moves to permanent space in Ripon

13 January 2020

Auction house Elstob & Elstob has relocated to larger premises after just a year of trading.

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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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Australasian artefacts sell at Tennants

06 January 2020

Australasia provided the talking points and two main buyers at the recent Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) specialist sale in the Yorkshire Dales.

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