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Haul of Action Man toys makes £150K at auction

Posted on May 28th, by admin in Collectables, Collecting, memorabilia. No Comments
A haul of rare Action Man and Star Wars toys has fetched more than £150,000 at auction. Among them was an Action Man judo kit, believed to be one of only two in such pristine condition, which fetched £5,400. It belonged to 88-year-old Doug Carpenter, a former salesman for toy firm Palitoy, who had kept scores of boxes in his loft for decades. The items went under the hammer at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Teesside. The judo kit, dating from 1969 or 1970, was originally sold for 12 shillings (about 60p) and had a guide price of £4,000-£6,000. Vectis’ specialist John Cathrall said: “The estimate for the Action Man Judo set has been estimated relatively low, it is the Holy Grail for Action Man collectors, only one other is known to exist and it never became available on the open… View the full post

Successful Asian Art sale at Woolley & Wallis

Posted on May 28th, by admin in Auctions, Ceramics. No Comments
Leading the recent Asian Art sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury was a small doucai lingzhi bowl, measuring just 10.4cm wide, which achieved just under half a million pounds. Bearing a six character Yonzheng mark and of the period 1723-35, the bowl is now bound for China courtesy of a private Chinese collector who bought the lot for £482,800 (including buyer’s premium). The sale commenced with a private collection of kingfisher feather ‘jewellery’, consisting of hairpins, earrings, brooches and other ornamental pieces, all decorated with kingfisher feathers and gem stones.  The items, from the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1912) all sold; the twenty lots making £62,000. Thirty five lots from the collection of Robert Frederick Hathaway (d.1991) of Cape Town, South Africa, previously unseen on the market, also achieved a 100% sold rate with a total of £240,000. Featured… View the full post

Rural bygones auction reveals rural heritage

Posted on May 26th, by admin in Folk Art. No Comments
There’s a rare chance for collectors of folk art and 18th and 19th-century curios to acquire a collection of museum-quality artefacts in June. A unique collection of rural bygones due for auction in Fernhurst sheds light on the vanishing rural heritage of the 18th and 19th centuries. Clog-maker Rees Jones, his daughter, son Evan and wife From 19th-century Welsh clog maker’s equipment, to talismans for warding off the evil eye, collector John Glanfield has immersed himself in items from the world of farming and rural bygones for nearly 40 years, after helping a friend set up the Museum of Rural Life in Tilford near Farnham. John said: “When I helped to restore exhibits at the museum in Tilford my friend gave me an ancient wooden harvest bottle in thanks. It’s a small beer cask carried by reapers as they worked long… View the full post

Antique Collecting magazine – June editorial

Posted on May 26th, by admin in Editorial, Fairs. 1 Comment
June is traditionally high summer for antiques fairs. The three big London ones have previews in this issue. Breath is bated as we wait to hear how brisk business and attendance have been and what records have been broken. For those participating, the results are important. Costs are high and the outlook for the months ahead is affected. The season is short but its results are often long, and morale is important. The sales level of antiques and price indices used to be related to business confidence figures produced by the C.B.I., with movements closely tracking each other, but like the relationship with the housing market, the antique furniture index parted company with them in the early 1990s. Perhaps this is fortunate because reports of business confidence just now are not very encouraging. Last year there was quite a lot… View the full post

Christie’s landmark sale of 18th Century French Decorative Arts

Posted on May 26th, by admin in Antiques, Auctions, Clocks, Furniture. No Comments
Christie’s is to hold a landmark sale of 18th Century French decorative arts, entitled Taste of the Royal Court: Important French Furniture and Works of Art from a Private Collection, including Marie Antionette’s armchair from the Pavillion Belvedere – the only one to survive from the most expensive suite made for the French queen. Comprising 22 examples of French decorative arts from the 18th Century, Christie’s says the sale, taking place in London on 9th July, exemplifies both outstanding quality and prestigious provenance for exacting collectors. The furniture and works of art in the collection, many of which are at auction for the first time, were created for some of the most celebrated patrons of the 18th Century: Queen Marie Antoinette, Duke Albert de Saxe-Teschen, Jean Baptiste de Machault d’Arnouville, Chancelier de France and the Prince de Conti, and subsequently… View the full post

Ship model sails to new record at auction

Posted on May 26th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
Charles Miller has set a new world record for a 20th Century builder’s model boat, after a model of what was once the world’s largest ship, The Mauretania, achieved £135,000 recently. The model sailed past its estimate of between £30,000-£50,000, when a phone bidder on behalf of the Pullman Gallery in St James’s, London. The previous record of £67,000 was also achieved by Charles Miller in October 2012 with the sale of a model of HMS Marksman, a Royal Navy destroyer. The 1:64 scale builder’s model for the famed ‘North Atlantic greyhound’, was built for the Cunard shipping line by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson on Tyne and Wear in 1906. It is carved from laminated wood and covered with gilt and painted fitting, and finished in Cunard service livery. The ship is mounted on several turned balustrade supports on… View the full post

The lure of Art Deco nudes at Hansons

Posted on May 26th, by admin in Antiques, Auctions, Ceramics. No Comments
Whilst the market for certain ceramic figures by Doulton and Coalport, in particular the traditionally dressed ladies produced from the 1940s, is struggling, the thirst for Art Deco is as strong as ever. The fewer clothes, the better, seems to be the trend for figures which were produced in bronze, ivory and ceramic. Hansons fourth Decorative Arts auction on 22nd June showcases several examples of highly desirable Deco figures dating from the 1920s and 30s. A highlight within the auction is a striking ivory figure by French sculptor Paul Philippe, titled ‘Awakening’.  Standing 27cm high, on a typical green onyx base, the figure, produced circa 1925, depicts a nude woman with one arm outstretched, as though stretching after a deep sleep. The figure was discovered at a recent valuation day in Lichfield. ‘Awakening’ is typical of the type of ivory… View the full post

Family affair for Andrew Dando Antiques

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Antiques, Ceramics. No Comments
Family-run 18th and 19th-century porcelain business Andrew Dando Antiques is celebrating a century in the business by taking its stock entirely online. In 1998 it was one of the first British ceramics specialists to see the potential of the internet when it created its own website. It will now close its showroom at 32 Market St, Bradford on Avon to concentrate on online sales only. The third generation dealer, Andrew Dando, said: “Porcelain and pottery is ideally suited to online selling, unlike furniture you don’t need to see the patination. As long as you have a good clear picture and condition report then the buyer is in an ideal position.” Andrew James Dando started the business in 1915. The business was founded by Andrew James Dando in Midsomer Norton near Bath in February 1915. In 1947 A.J. Dando supplied a… View the full post

Shirley Temple memorabilia under hammer

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Auctions, memorabilia. No Comments
A collection of memorabilia from the American child star Shirley Temples goes under the hammer in America in July, including a child-sized racing car given to her by close friend and co-star Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson. Also up for sale at Theriault’s in Maryland will be a Steinway baby-grand piano inscribed to Shirley by Theodore Steinway on behalf of his family. While the other extraordinary memorabilia include her autograph books, dolls, and signed letters and photos from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Irving Berlin, Noel Coward, Marlene Deitrich and Orson Welles. In addition, Shirley Temple’s most recognisable movie costumes will be viewed for the first time including:  the iconic red polka dot dress from her breakout film Stand Up and Cheer and the complete Scottish-kilt outfit from director John Ford’s classic Wee Willie Winkie. While Shirley Temple sang and smiled… View the full post

Clandon Park collection update

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Antiques, News. No Comments
Painting depicting Speaker Arthur Onslow calling upon Sir Robert Walpole to speak in the House of Commons ©National Trust ImagesJohn Hammond The National Trust has revealed items from the collection at Clandon Park that have been salvaged from the fire that ripped through the Grade 1-listed building. Objects saved include a painting of the Speaker Arthur Onslow calling on Sir Robert Walpole to speak in the House of Commons, by Sir James Thornhill  and William Hogarth, 1730. The painting of an ostrich in a classical landscape, oil on canvas, by Francis Barlow (c.1626–1704), probably painted in the 1670s, was also retrieved from the Marble Hall. Also recovered from the library of the 18th-century stately home, was a bible printed by John Basket in 1716-1717, and a folding screen incorporating Victorian and Edwardian Onslow family photographs. A pair of giltwood side… View the full post

Sotheby’s sells rare Chinese ewer

Posted on May 19th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
A rare ewer from the Tang dynasty has sold well above its estimate price to become one of the highlights of Sotheby’s recent week-long ‘Important Chinese Art sale’ in London. The Sancai ‘phoenix head’ ewer, applied with Hellenistic style decoration and modelled in the form of a Sasanian metal ewer, was bought by London-based dealers, Eskenzai, for £2.3m at the sale on 13th May. The piece sold for almost four times its estimate of between £40,000 to £60,000.… View the full post

Spot a rare taxidermy specimen at Tennants

Posted on May 19th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
  The Taxidermy & Natural History sale at Tennants Auctioneers on Friday 5 June 2015 promises to be a wild event, showcasing a weird, yet wonderful cross-section of the animal kingdom in many different forms. From a taxidermy specimen Channel-billed Toucan, and an extensive collection of early British moths, to minerals, fossils and mammoth tusk sections, the sale of over 100 lots will attract interest from collectors, dealers, interior designers and budding ornithologists. One exciting item is a case of taxidermy New Zealand rare birds, which includes a Kakapo, the flightless parrot which is now virtually extinct.  This unusual bird is under intensive conservation off the coast of New Zealand and with only around 120 left in existence, the sale presents an exceptional chance of seeing a taxidermy example. The work was carried out by George Sim, Naturalist, King Street,… View the full post