Sparkling results for Sworders silver sale

Sworders’ recent sale of silver and jewellery showed that the demand for good quality items is still very strong, the auctioneer said. Buyers online and in the room bid for many items, some of which fetched impressive prices. The best example of the apparent growing demand came with the top lot, a circa 1930 brilliant cut art deco diamond ring, set in platinum which fetched £60,000.… View the full post Read more

Cornish cream of crop at auction

Three pieces from Pitman Painter Norman Cornish’s later career are among the highlights exciting collectors at the forthcoming Anderson & Garland Fine Arts Sale. A pastel entitled Spennymoor Street Scene with Lamppost, Lady and Pram, an oil painting called Miner at Bar, and a pencil drawing of Old Ryton Village Green will be going under the hammer on day one of the three-day auction in Newcastle (December 1, 2 and 3).… View the full post Read more

New look website for LAPADA

LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has launched its redeveloped website,, with aims to be the leading online marketplace for sourcing authentic art and antiques from trusted LAPADA-accredited dealers. Designed and developed by Bureau for Visual Affairs, the public-facing portal features an intuitive interface and simple search mechanism. The site encompasses a range of key functions: unifying the brand identity and aesthetic presentation of works on offer, providing commercial retail services and simplifying the categorisation of art and antiques.… View the full post Read more

WWI scrapbook sells to local buyer

A unique WWI scrapbook containing extracts of the day-to-day life of a young nurse named Violet Gossett has sold for an impressive £2,600 at Hansons in Derbyshire. The personal and poignant account of nurse Gossett’s experience of serving as a nurse in France during WWI was bought by local genealogist Yvonne Clay, who fought off strong competition from buyers worldwide. International clients as far as Asia left generous commission bids, as well as a number of national institutions who all expressed interest in the rare nurses diary.… View the full post Read more

Will truncheons prove a hit in Canterbury?

When bank manager Ralph Leyland was named as an executor of the will of one of his customers, little did he expect to be bequeathed an old police truncheon when it came time for him to fulfil his duties. The gift was the spark that ignited a passion. For the next 10 years Mr Leyland and his wife Irene scoured antiques fairs in the South of England acquiring a fascinating collection of 126 rare antique decorated tipstaffs and truncheons that charts the history of the essential police weapon.… View the full post Read more

Rare campaign desk at Cuttlestones

Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones says that its Fine Art Sale on December 4th features two particularly strong standout lots to attract buyers. The first is an Edwardian oak folding campaign desk, with the original leatherette interior and brass locking mechanism. Its folding stand  has a fluted stretcher and the piece is particularly poignant as it hails from the WWI period. It is the type desk that would have been used by high-ranking Officers rather than those active in the trenches, but its portability would nevertheless have been essential.… View the full post Read more

Beauty of Tiffany lights up Bonhams

Bonhams New York will present a superb selection of dazzling Tiffany leaded glass lamps and Favrile glass vases from a prominent American collection on December 17th. Assembled over the past three decades, this outstanding 25 lot grouping captures the essence of famous American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany’s quest for beauty, his love of nature – particularly flowers – and the coming together of glass and design.… View the full post Read more

Chinese sale in Berkshire doubles estimate

Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions recent Chinese Ceramics & Asian Works of Art sale at Donnington Priory in Berkshire proved a success with results doubling pre-sale estimates. The sale of 280 of the overall 336 Lots was £484,511. Mark Newstead, Head of Chinese Ceramics commented after the sale: “We’re delighted with today’s result. Competitive bidding online and in the room sent prices soaring past their estimates adding to an impressive sale total of £484,511, double the pre-sale estimate.… View the full post Read more

Get in step for dance legend’s gown

A monogrammed dressing gown belonging to late Hollywood legend Fred Astaire is going under the hammer at John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst on December 12th. The item, consigned by Fred’s daughter, Ava, was made in Italy and carries the letters FA on the breast pocket. The dressing gown is accompanied by Astaire’s Depina Oxford blue overcoat, also consigned by Ava. The auctioneers estimate that each of these could cost as little as £100-£150.… View the full post Read more

Rare Polish coins at Spink sale

Leading auctioneer of stamps, coins and banknotes, Spink, has announced that its sale of Ancient, British and Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals at the beginning of December in London will contain a collection of Polish Coins and Medals. Earlier this year Spink offered just a small part of this extensive collection formed in the 1950s and 60s by a Polish gentleman living in England after the war, and realised some exceptional prices as part of the successful sale.… View the full post Read more