Folk Art exhibition’s human appeal

Robert Young Antiques is to hold its Annual Exhibition of Antique Folk Art from May 5th to 14th, celebrating the continued interest and rising profile of the naïve and primitive art form. The exhibition will gather together lesser known unrecorded ‘artists’, alongside works by those who are completely anonymous who created pieces across a range of media. The execution, materials and techniques are varied, yet there is often the feeling that the artists had a close relationship with their subjects.… Read the full article Read more

Great expectations for Dickens sale

West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones is holding a sale of an extensive collection of Charles Dickens novels – including a number of rare first editions – in its forthcoming Specialist Collectors’ Sale in Wolverhampton on Friday 6th May. While Dickens is among one of the most published authors in history with his popular novels have never gone out of print, first edition examples of his work are particularly hard to come by; making them especially sought after by collectors.… Read the full article Read more

1930s Generation dominate Bonhams’ Greek sale

Works by Greek artists from the 1930s dominated Bonhams‘ recent Greek Art auction in London, with the sale making more than £1.3m to demonstrate that demand for art from Greece continues. The 1930s Generation, so-called because that was the decade in which the artists rose to prominence, proved particularly popular with buyers. Two paintings by Nikos Engonopoulos (1910-1985) greatly exceeded their pre-sale estimates.… Read the full article Read more

Sparkling Garrard treasure found in derelict Devon caravan

It’s a story of sparkling treasure buried in a most unlikely location, and only came to light when antique restorers and dealers, Gilboy’s was called on to restore two pieces of furniture on a remote farm near Newton Abbott in Devon. When the pieces were ready, the manager of the farm was so impressed with the results that he asked Simon Gilboy to look at some further pieces in a rather forlorn-looking caravan on the charitable farm’s land.… Read the full article Read more

Sex sells as banknote cashes in

A rare banknote featuring the word SEX spelled out in palm tree leaves over the Queen’s shoulder has sold for nearly 250 times its face value. Auctioneers were hopeful of a winning bid of £200 to £300 to secure the Seychelles 50 rupee note – whose face value is equivalent to around £2.50. But at Moore Allen & Innocent, the banknote sold for 248 times its face value when auctioneer Philip Allwood brought the gavel down at £620. … Read the full article Read more

Bronze elephant leads bids at Brightwells

Brightwells recent sale was an eclectic mix, including dolls, fashion, toys, and garden statuary. However, it was the Oriental items that supplied the leading prices on the day. Featured on the front cover of sales catalogue, a beautifully modelled bronze elephant, from a Bristol vendor, rose above its pre-sale estimate of £800-£1200 with the hammer finally falling at £1700 to a local collector.… Read the full article Read more

Expert brings sparkling romance to Tennants

Well known for his appearances on the ever-popular BBC television programme, Antiques Roadshow, Tennants Auctioneers will welcome lecturer, broadcaster and jewellery expert, John Benjamin. John will give his illustrated talk, ‘Romancing the Stone, on Tuesday 24th May, which will highlight key pieces of fine jewellery worn by some of the world’s most glamorous people. Having worked in the antiques trade from a very young age, John is now a leading specialist in the jewellery world. … Read the full article Read more

40th birthday for Alfies Antique Market!

This year marks the 40th year in business for much-loved London antiques institution, Alfies Antique Market in Marylebone. When business founder, Bennie Gray, bought the Market’s premises in 1976, previously home to Jordan’s department store, he had a vision of creating an unpretentious indoor antiques market. After its launch, Alfies, named after his jazz musician father, quickly went from strength to strength.… Read the full article Read more

Leopard chest a front-runner at Sworders

Sworders will offer a ‘Leopard’ chest of drawers by Piero Fornasetti (1913-88) as a highlight of their June 21st Decorative Art & Design Sale at Stansted Mountfitchet. The 84.5cm high by 99.5cm wide piece, with brass handles and tapered legs, is in fine condition and a classic piece by the Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver who lived most of his life in Milan and enjoyed the patronage of the architect Gio Ponti.… Read the full article Read more