Fine Art auctioneers Phillips announces new appointments

Phillips has announced the appointments of Hugues Joffre as Chairman, United Kingdom and Europe, and Worldwide Head of 20th Century Art, and Jean-Paul Engelen as Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art. As leading specialists in their corresponding fields, Mr. Joffre and Mr. Engelen will strengthen Phillips’ team of international specialists in the 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department, while broadening the range of art and expertise on offer.… View the full post Read more

Halls’ postcard auction set to be something to write home about

A lifetime’s collection of postcards, covering towns and villages in most counties of England and Wales, is to be sold in a special auction in Shropshire in October. The 23,440 postcards, which belong to a Shropshire collector, will be sold in around 200 lots by fine art auctioneers Halls at their Battlefield salerooms in Shrewsbury on October 14. An extensive collection of Shropshire places is featured in the collection together with railway stations, post offices, sports, animals, children, toys and transport, to name but a few subjects.… View the full post Read more

Rare Koran sells for £230K

A late 19th Century Koran with a pre-estimate valuation of just £1000-£1500 eventually sold for an impressive £230,000 at the latest book sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s Exeter salerooms. The Koran, dated to AH 1293 (1876 AD) is bound in red gilt morocco with matching doublures. The 41-page manuscript is described as having illumination of ‘outstanding quality’, including a magnificent double frontispiece decorated in two tones of gold, light green and pale blue.  … View the full post Read more

Guide to collecting Iznik pottery

  Although it flourished for less than half a century from the 1560-1600, the pottery of Iznik was responsible for some of the most innovative designs of its day and an artistic legacy which lasted for centuries The sleepy rural town of Iznik in northwestern Turkey, still surrounded by the remnants of massive 5th-century Byzantine walls, is chiefly known in the West as old Nicaea, the site of the great Church Council of the year 325 from which emerged the Nicine creed.… View the full post Read more

Rupert the Bear annuals at Hansons

An impressive collection of Rupert the Bear annuals is expected to create significant interest amongst Rupert fans and collectors worldwide when they are sold at Hansons auctioneers soon. Kevin Bucknall, Hansons’ Antiquarian Book expert comments, “This wonderful collection has been treasured for many years and each book is in excellent condition. The annuals are expected to make over £1000 at auction, with pre 1950s volumes worth up to £100  plus per issue.” Originally hard back with a red cloth spine, these pre-war issues created by English artist Mary Tourtel, are now worth well into the three figure mark for good examples.… View the full post Read more

Police appeal after Osterley Park burglary

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit are appealing for information following a burglary at Osterley Park House, Osterley Park in Isleworth in July. Police were called on Thursday, 16 July at approximately 16:40 hours following a report that two antique cups with saucers had been taken from a locked cabinet at the location. Officers established that a wedding was being held at the venue in the main entrance hall on the first floor of the building, however the room which contained the items was closed to the public at the time.… View the full post Read more

Tibetan bronzes shine at Bellmans

Bellmans Auctioneers has recently sold a private collection of approximately 30 Indian and Tibetan bronzes, with the lead lot soaring above its estimate of £2000-£3000 to fetch £32,000 (plus 20% buyer’s commission). The rare and important 6th century Tibetan gilt bronze is of a figure of Green Tara, the female Bodhisattva seated in lalitasana with the right foot resting on a lotus flower issuing from a double lotus base.… View the full post Read more

Contents of Scottish Highland retreat to be sold in Edinburgh

Lyon & Turnbull are to sell the contents of Torridon House, a true Highland Victorian Country House, on October the 28th 2015. Lying beneath the dramatic mountain ridges of Beinn Alligin and Liathach, Torridon House has been lived in by the Earls of Lovelace since the 1960s. The contents of Torridon House, valued at half a million pounds include an accumulation of items and works of art from the various other houses the Lovelace family have owned over the previous two centuries, notably Ockham Park and Horsley Towers in Surrey.… View the full post Read more

Dovetail joints in antique furniture

Harriet Chavasse of Thakeham Furniture explores the importance of dovetail joints in the evolution of furniture throughout the ages and offers advice on what to look for when examining items. Dovetail joints, named due to their resemblance to the bird’s tail, were first used as far back as ancient Egyptian times where they are found on the furniture entombed with mummies.… View the full post Read more

Murphy exhibition at Lorfords Antiques

Lorfords Antiques, Tetbury, has announced a return visit by celebrated painter Anthony Murphy following two sell-out exhibitions in 2012 and 2013. The exhibition will run from 20th September until 31st October. Director of Lorfords, Toby Lorford, said “It is a great coup for Lorfords to entice Anthony back for a third exhibition. His paintings and his wonderful use of colour give the showroom a whole new dimension and embellish our own collection with a unique atmosphere.… View the full post Read more