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10 things in northern England for antiques enthusiasts including a collectors weekend in Cumbria

22 February 2019

The art and antiques market gets busy in March with events such as TEFAF Maastricht, the BADA 2019 fair and London’s contemporary art evening auctions, but for art and antiques fans not travelling to London or the Low Countries, there is plenty going on in northern England in the same month.

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Tennants posts £13.3m sales for 2018

18 February 2019

In 2018 Tennants of Leyburn recorded a hammer turnover of £13.3m – an increase of roughly £1m from the previous year.

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Fine scrimshaw sells in Scarborough

18 February 2019

Two fine examples of scrimshaw were eagerly contested at the David Duggleby (21% buyer’s premium inc VAT) Scarborough auction of maritime antiques and instruments.

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Revived auction house Hutchinson Scott powers forward

18 February 2019

After re-booting the moribund firm of Hutchinson Scott (20% buyer’s premium) in 2016, former dealers Michael Scott and Paul Hodson have now bought their premises at Embsay Mill at Skipton.

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Kafka comes in at record sum

04 February 2019

On January 10, Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold a single-owner collection of polar and other travel books – reported in ATG No 2376 – but the Christmas/New Year period was a busy one overall for the North Yorkshire auction house.

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Durham Ox meat platters beef up sale

04 February 2019

The best meat platters have weathered the dip in fortunes of Staffordshire pearlware. The Durham Ox series remains a favourite pattern and there was no shortage of northern private bidders when two c.1820 examples were offered at Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) Leyburn sale on January 12.

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Famous battles boost auction fortunes

28 January 2019

Many weapons have to remain silent witnesses to the conflicts in which they took part, so there is always extra interest in arms which can be linked directly to a particular soldier or battle.

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Marchant ring at 195-times top estimate

21 January 2019

Estimated at just £150-200, a sardonyx cameo ring sold to a dealer for £39,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at auction.

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Polar library built by an architect gets warm reception at Leyburn auction

21 January 2019

Arctic and Antarctic exploration was the main theme of a library assembled over many years by architect Roger Casson (1943-2016).

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Former Thomas Watson director launches new auction house

07 January 2019

Former Thomas Watson Auctioneers director David Elstob is to launch his own auction house with wife Beth Elstob.

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Hat pins hit the spot at auction

21 December 2018

High-priced luxury handbags and other luxury goods made the most money at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sale of Costume, Accessories and Textiles at Leyburn but collectors’ interest was more focused on a private collection of hat pins.

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Auction lot reveals the marketing genius of early garden design entrepreneur Humphry Repton

14 December 2018

Long before the world became obsessed by marketing, branding and PR, garden designer Humphry Repton was way ahead of the game.

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‘New high’ for Hornby Dublo

10 December 2018

A toy engine offered at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold for what is thought to be a new world record for a Hornby Dublo locomotive.

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Pick of the Week: Lalique buckle is auction belter at Tennants

26 November 2018

An unusual belt buckle by the Parisian jeweller and glass maker René Lalique which had been worn by the vendor throughout her nursing career has sold for £19,000 at a North Yorkshire auction.

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Prints lead northern rising

19 November 2018

Prints by Modern British artists are often touted as an affordable way-in for collectors on a budget, but it seems this is not always the case for northern powerhouse LS Lowry (1887-1976).

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Rare Indian Army photos march into saleroom

08 October 2018

Types of the Indian Army… of 1897 is a photographically illustrated oblong folio work from which the mounted carbon print shown below, one of 60 in all, is taken.

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Russian porcelain figures taken to 300-times estimate at Tennants’ auction

21 September 2018

A major competition came for a set of Russian porcelain figures at Tennants’ Country House sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire today.

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Yorkshire auction houses team up to expand in York

11 September 2018

Duggleby Stephenson, a joint venture between Scarborough’s David Duggleby and Boulton & Cooper Stephensons, is opening a new saleroom at the York Auction Centre.

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Sumptuous quilt, sampler and silk robe add sale colour

10 September 2018

The product of child labour – but conscious-clear purchases for bidders – provided two of the top lots at a specialist textiles and costume sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of North Yorkshire.

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Pickering welcomes a new antiques centre

10 September 2018

The welcome news of an antiques centre opening a few doors from one which closed last year comes from the market town of Pickering in North Yorkshire.