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Sworders Auctioneers launches new website

Posted on July 2nd, by admin in News. No Comments
Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers has launched a new website which promises to make online bidding easier and more secure. The new site allows buyers to bid from their smart phone or tablet and allows secure direct online payment. It will also tailor auction alerts to individual interests, automatically flagging upcoming lots of interest. MD Guy Schooling said: “We are always striving to improve the client experience, whether it is in offering a wider range of better art, antiques and collectables, or improving service delivery.… View the full post

Antique Collecting magazine – July/August editorial

Posted on July 2nd, by admin in Editorial. No Comments
The ‘Boot Fair’ season is in full swing, taking advantage of the summer weather. Where I live, there are two successful regular boot fairs, both much larger than the scatter of less well-attended ones. The first is run by a village cricket club, with its members acting as car park marshals and the square carefully cordoned off. There is no entrance fee but you can make a voluntary contribution by dropping a coin or two into a bucket guarded by a fast bowler at the entrance.… View the full post

Royal Christmas cards at summer auction

Posted on July 2nd, by admin in Antiques, Art, Auctions, Furniture. No Comments
While July might seem like a strange time to be thinking about Christmas cards, with 60 years’ worth of festive greetings from The Queen going under the hammer in the Cotswolds, it’s hard to avoid. The large collection of cards was amassed by Air Vice-Marshal Sir Edward Fielden and his family. Many are  in their original state, although many more have been cut, framed and mounted –  very decorative, but not what collectors demand.… View the full post

Designer handbag sale all the fashion at Chiswick

Posted on June 30th, by admin in Auctions, Vintage. No Comments
Chiswick Auctions is to hold its first sale of Designer Handbags and Fashion with new specialist Meg Randell. The auction will take place on Tuesday 14th July at 12 noon. This sale will offer a carefully curated selection of high-end handbags and fashion items which cater for enthusiasts and collectors alike. The preloved luxury pieces are in immaculate condition and are wonderfully preserved, making them a perfect addition to a wardrobe whilst also being key investments.… View the full post

Newly discovered botanical watercolours for sale at LAPADA Fair

Posted on June 30th, by admin in Art, Fairs, Painting. No Comments
A newly discovered collection of botanical watercolours by renowned German portrait painter Henry Ulke and his father, typesetter and publisher Carl Ulke, will be offered for sale by Crispian Riley- Smith Fine Art Ltd at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square, London, 22nd – 27th September 2015. The watercolours, which were found by family members stored in an old trunk, show a new side to politically connected Henry, a famed portrait painter with more than 400 paintings in American government and private collections today, including a portrait of President Grant that hangs in the White House.… View the full post

Record numbers visit Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Posted on June 30th, by admin in Fairs. No Comments
The 43rd edition of Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair closed its doors on Sunday, having attracted a record 29,473 visitors (an 11% increase on last year) from as far afield as Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, South America, Taiwan, Tel Aviv, the United States and Australia. Notable and well-known visitors to the fair included Pharrell Williams, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Stuart Rose, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Philip Green and Mark Foster.… View the full post

Holt’s Auctioneers marks bi-centenary of Waterloo by attracting £1.3m of sales

Posted on June 30th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
Holt’s Auctioneers’ recent auction attracted a total of £1.05m, which is expected to rise to around £1.3m once aftersales and the sealed bid sale have concluded. The June auction coincided with the bi-centenary of Waterloo so the specialist auction house was pleased to bring several relevant items to market, including a model of H.M.S. Victory and a bronze of Napoleon astride his noble charger Marengo.… View the full post

Florence Nightingale’s lamp lights up Hansons

Posted on June 30th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
A simple desk lamp shone brightly recently as it went under the hammer at Hansons Derbyshire Auction Centre for £17,000! The 19th century brass lamp measuring 38cm in height, played a big part in the story surrounding Florence Nightingale. Miss Nightingale’s writings, perhaps made by the light of a candle in this lamp, place her as a pioneer of nursing and a reformer of hospital sanitation methods, eventually going on to establish the first School of Nursing.… View the full post

Klimt portrait drives global bidding at Sotheby’s

Posted on June 26th, by admin in Art, Auctions. No Comments
In an evening of global bidding at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale this week, Gustav Klimt’s 1902 painting, Bildnis Gertud Loew, took centre stage reaching £24.8 million and becoming the top lot after a competitive bidding war took place. Consigned to Sotheby’s after a settlement was reached between the Klimt Foundation and the heirs of the subject of the painting, it was eventually bought by an unidentified buyer.… View the full post

Bonhams score hit with Coldplay guitar

Posted on June 26th, by admin in Auctions, memorabilia. No Comments
Chris Martin’s very first acoustic guitar, used during the recording of Coldplay’s UK no.1 hit album Parachutes, sold for more than double its top estimate, achieving £18,750 at Bonhams 24 June Entertainment Memorabilia sale. Martin purchased the Vicente Tatay Tomas acoustic from Bill Greenhalgh’s music shop in his hometown of Exeter, taking the guitar with him when he later moved to London to study at UCL (University College London) in September 1996.… View the full post

Seago paintings expected to make £100K at Christies

Posted on June 26th, by admin in Art, Auctions, Painting. No Comments
A painting by Edward Seago that illustrated the John Masefield poem, ‘The Ploughing Match’ in the book, The Country Scene’ is due to be auctioned at Christies, alongside three more of the celebrated painter’s works. The 16 inches by 20 inches oil painting, entitled After The Ploughing Match, was painted by Seago in 1936 when he was 26. It is now set to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 at Christie’s South Kensington in London on July 8.… View the full post

European furniture and silverware set to sparkle at Chiswick

Posted on June 23rd, by admin in Antiques, Auctions, Furniture, Silver. No Comments
A selection of Danish and Italian furniture and Georg Jensen silverware look set to be the sought-after pieces at Chiswick Auctions’ 20th Century and Contemporary Art & Design Sale on Tuesday 7th July. The Georg Jensen pieces include full canteens through to individual items, including a silver christening bowl, a ‘KAKTUS’ pattern sterling silver cutlery canteen (left), and a silver bowl designed by Harold Nielsen with an estimate of £400-£600.… View the full post