£2m Stem Cup in Lyon & Turnbull Hong Kong sale

A 600-year-old china Ming cup, valued at £2m is to be offered in Hong Kong by Auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull. The Stem Cup, which dates back to about 1425, is valued in excess of £2 million and will be sold by the auction house at a special auction in Hong Kong on the 31st May 2016. The Stem Cup will be the star lot of the 80-100 lot auction of Chinese Art that Lyon & Turnbull will co-produce with their sister company Freeman’s of Philadelphia, America’s oldest auction house.… Read the full article Read more

Are these the UK’s top ten auction buys?

Barnebys, the internet portal for international auction sales has revealed the top ten auction items that Britain’s auction enthusiasts are buying. The list is based on Barnebys one million monthly online visitors accessing 1,300 auction house websites and sales. Watches (wrist and pocket) Antiques Cars Jewellery (diamond rings) Clocks Stamps Motorcycles Royal Crown Derby British Coins Cameras Commenting on this pattern of buying, Barnebys leading international expert on auction houses, Pontus Silfverstolpe, said, “There is an almost old-fashioned feel to this list which speaks of affection and loyalty for known things that also appealed to previous generations.… Read the full article Read more

Chinese antiquities at Cotswold Fair

Ancient Chinese antiquities will be a major attraction at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire from 25th – 27th March 2016. Dating from the Tang, Han and Ming dynasties, a variety figures will be on sale from specialist dealer Paul Burnett. Antiquities – antiques more than 500 years old – appeal both to collectors and interior decorators.… Read the full article Read more

Unique ladies football trophy in Stoke

An unique trophy and player’s award both presented to Stoke Ladies Football Club in Barcelona in 1923 following the team’s victory over a French team is to be sold by Cheshire auctioneers, Peter Wilson this month.   Life was tough in the 1920s for lady footballers, and despite matches for war charities being tolerated during the First World War, in 1921 the Football Association banned women from playing in the UK, deeming the sport to be “unsuitable for females”.… Read the full article Read more

Rare Glasgow painting heads home

A rare painting by one of Glasgow’s most famous artists is returning to the city following an absence of 120 years. The oil on canvas, Siblings Feeding Rabbits, by David Fulton (1848 – 1930) was transported to Germany for a The Munich International Exhibition in 1894 and has remained overseas ever since. Now the painting – which has been valued at between £8,000 and £12,000 – has returned to the artist’s home town where it will feature as one of the top lots in The Scottish Pictures Auction at McTear’s on 14th February.… Read the full article Read more

Unscrambling Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs

Geoffrey Munn is one of the experts of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and the managing director of the London jewellers Wartski; his specialisation is 19th-century precious metalwork and Fabergé. He is the author of several books including Tiaras a History of Splendour and Wartski the First One Hundred and Fifty Years both available at www.antiquecollectorsclub.com. Tsar Nicholas II celebrated his last Easter close to a century ago in 1918.… Read the full article Read more

Silver Linings – Is 2016 the year for silver?

John Andrews is the Managing Editor of Antique Collecting magazine, a specialist in English antiques and the author of a number of books. Despite the gloom permeating the rooms of some silver auctioneers, 2015 produced a strong finish to the year in London. Fluctuations in the price of silver ingot in recent years are said to have affected the market for antique silver in ways that bring rueful smiles to those involved in the trade.… Read the full article Read more

Barnebys launches auction service in US

Online auction aggregator, Barnebys.com, has officially launched in the United States as the Swedish-based business opens its US headquarters in New York. Barnebys representatives have actually been in the States for the past several months, introducing its business model to auction houses. On average, Barnebys attracts about 1.5 million visitors to its site each month, mostly in the countries where it is an established powerhouse: Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia and elsewhere.… Read the full article Read more

Rare Gallipoli photos at Sworders

Sworders Auctioneers of Mountfichet, Essex, will offer an archive of 23 official Dardanelles photographs giving a fascinating picture of life at the front during the Gallipoli Campaign a century ago. Published by Central News, the photos mainly depict Suvla on the Aegean coast, scene of such incompetence on the part of the British commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Stopford, that he was dismissed.… Read the full article Read more

Old spoon scoops high price

A late Charles II trefid spoon, thought by its Somerset owner to be worth only about £100, dished out a big surprise at Lawrences Auctioneers recently. Lawrences gave the spoon a cautious estimate of between £1200-1500, but on auction day the hammer finally fell at £14,000. Lawrences’ specialist, Alex Butcher, said, “It is a rare spoon dating from the reign of King Charles II.… Read the full article Read more