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Family affair for Andrew Dando Antiques

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Antiques, Ceramics. No Comments
Family-run 18th and 19th-century porcelain business Andrew Dando Antiques is celebrating a century in the business by taking its stock entirely online. In 1998 it was one of the first British ceramics specialists to see the potential of the internet when it created its own website. It will now close its showroom at 32 Market St, Bradford on Avon to concentrate on online sales only. The third generation dealer, Andrew Dando, said: “Porcelain and pottery is ideally suited to online selling, unlike furniture you don’t need to see the patination. As long as you have a good clear picture and condition report then the buyer is in an ideal position.” Andrew James Dando started the business in 1915. The business was founded by Andrew James Dando in Midsomer Norton near Bath in February 1915. In 1947 A.J. Dando supplied a… View the full post

Shirley Temple memorabilia under hammer

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Auctions, memorabilia. No Comments
A collection of memorabilia from the American child star Shirley Temples goes under the hammer in America in July, including a child-sized racing car given to her by close friend and co-star Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson. Also up for sale at Theriault’s in Maryland will be a Steinway baby-grand piano inscribed to Shirley by Theodore Steinway on behalf of his family. While the other extraordinary memorabilia include her autograph books, dolls, and signed letters and photos from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Irving Berlin, Noel Coward, Marlene Deitrich and Orson Welles. In addition, Shirley Temple’s most recognisable movie costumes will be viewed for the first time including:  the iconic red polka dot dress from her breakout film Stand Up and Cheer and the complete Scottish-kilt outfit from director John Ford’s classic Wee Willie Winkie. While Shirley Temple sang and smiled… View the full post

Clandon Park collection update

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Antiques, News. No Comments
Painting depicting Speaker Arthur Onslow calling upon Sir Robert Walpole to speak in the House of Commons ©National Trust ImagesJohn Hammond The National Trust has revealed items from the collection at Clandon Park that have been salvaged from the fire that ripped through the Grade 1-listed building. Objects saved include a painting of the Speaker Arthur Onslow calling on Sir Robert Walpole to speak in the House of Commons, by Sir James Thornhill  and William Hogarth, 1730. The painting of an ostrich in a classical landscape, oil on canvas, by Francis Barlow (c.1626–1704), probably painted in the 1670s, was also retrieved from the Marble Hall. Also recovered from the library of the 18th-century stately home, was a bible printed by John Basket in 1716-1717, and a folding screen incorporating Victorian and Edwardian Onslow family photographs. A pair of giltwood side… View the full post

Sotheby’s sells rare Chinese ewer

Posted on May 19th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
A rare ewer from the Tang dynasty has sold well above its estimate price to become one of the highlights of Sotheby’s recent week-long ‘Important Chinese Art sale’ in London. The Sancai ‘phoenix head’ ewer, applied with Hellenistic style decoration and modelled in the form of a Sasanian metal ewer, was bought by London-based dealers, Eskenzai, for £2.3m at the sale on 13th May. The piece sold for almost four times its estimate of between £40,000 to £60,000.… View the full post

Spot a rare taxidermy specimen at Tennants

Posted on May 19th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
  The Taxidermy & Natural History sale at Tennants Auctioneers on Friday 5 June 2015 promises to be a wild event, showcasing a weird, yet wonderful cross-section of the animal kingdom in many different forms. From a taxidermy specimen Channel-billed Toucan, and an extensive collection of early British moths, to minerals, fossils and mammoth tusk sections, the sale of over 100 lots will attract interest from collectors, dealers, interior designers and budding ornithologists. One exciting item is a case of taxidermy New Zealand rare birds, which includes a Kakapo, the flightless parrot which is now virtually extinct.  This unusual bird is under intensive conservation off the coast of New Zealand and with only around 120 left in existence, the sale presents an exceptional chance of seeing a taxidermy example. The work was carried out by George Sim, Naturalist, King Street,… View the full post

Soane Museum private rooms open to public

Posted on May 19th, by admin in News. No Comments
The Model Room at Sir John Soane’s Museum. Picture Credit: The British Library Board c.190 b.22 I-2 Soane Image 7 The private apartments of architect Sir John Soane’s are now open to the public for the first time in over 160 years. Between now and the end of August, visitors to the Sir John Soane Museum in London can take a tour of Soane’s private apartments and Model Room, including approximately 40 of his architectural models. The rooms have been fully restored as part of the second stage of the ongoing restoration of the museum situated in Soane’s former home.  … View the full post

Rare Jeffery rook rifle by Purdey at Holt’s

Posted on May 14th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
  Holt’s Auctioneers is selling a rare .255 Jeffery single-barrelled rounded-bar boxlock ejector rook rifle, made by J. Purdey & Sons with an estimate of £3000 to £5000. “Who wouldn’t want to own this lovely little rook rifle – or ‘pea rifle’ as Purdey’s once termed them,” commented Holt’s Auctioneers’ Chris Beaumont, adding: “It’s so perfectly in proportion and in amazingly original condition. Rook rifles were very much working tools and usually suffer the wear and tear that goes with, so to find one as tidy as this is rare – especially one by Purdey’s.” The rifle features a 27in. black powder only octagonal barrel, top flat partially matted and engraved ‘SHOT & REGULATED BY J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON’, open sights and two folding leaf sights with white metal inlaid sight-lines and marked for… View the full post

Buyer bags a bargain Hermes handbag

Posted on May 14th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
A Hermes Birkin leather handbag, in tan with gilt metal mounts and dated 2000, sold for £3,500 to an international buyer at Tennants’ fashion revolution sale on May 9 proving the strength in the market for luxury fashion. Tennants’ textile expert, Sarah White, said: “It was a great result for the bag; celebrities from Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian accessorise with these luxury, handmade bags which can only be bought new in store, after joining a lengthy waiting list. “ Individual designs can make more at auction than their original retail price due to the scarcity and exclusivity of the bag, such as diamond encrusted, commissions, or palomino crocodile skin bags, she added. She continued: “Designer bags like this one are unique pieces of design, and are style icons in their own right and will remain timeless, hence their popularity… View the full post

Chinese boxes of delight make £18K at Halls

Posted on May 14th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
  Two Chinese cinnabar lacquer antiques, which had been stored away in a Shropshire property for years, sold for £18,000 at an Asian Art auction in Shrewsbury yesterday. The owner had no idea the antiques were so valuable and Jeremy Lamond, director of Shrewsbury-based fine art auctioneers Halls, says the discovery underlines how important it is to get Asian items assessed and valued by experts. Star of the auction was a cinnabar lacquer ingot form box and cover on a carved hardwood stand, which dated to the early Qing Dynasty and tripled its pre-sale estimate to sell for £15,000 to a Chinese online bidder. Its companion, an intricately carved, circular lacquer tray and hard wood stand, from the Qianlong Period, sold for £3,000. Mr Lamond said: “Both these Chinese antiques were discovered in a house in the Oswestry area and… View the full post

Iconic Red Shoes under the hammer

Posted on May 14th, by admin in Auctions, News. No Comments
The original ballet shoes from the iconic film The Red Shoes are expected to make £1,000 when they go under the hammer next month. The footwear was one of three pairs of ballet shoes discovered at a routine valuation by Derbyshire auctioneers Hansons, which also included slippers worn by Dame Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991) and her contemporary the ballerina Mary Honer. Fonteyn spent her career as dancer with the Royal Ballet eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth.  She starred alongside Rudolf Nureyev in a 1967 colour film of Swan Lake and in 2009 the BBC made a film about Fonteyn’s life.   The shoes in question are signed and dated 1951. Despite Moira Shearer (1926-2006) having worn the pair in the 1948 film The Red Shoes, they were so fresh when they were unpacked out the… View the full post

‘Suffolk School’ artist in Durrants’ auction

Posted on May 11th, by admin in Art, Auctions. No Comments
More than 50 works from the unsung Suffolk artist Thomas Churchyard go under the hammer on June 12th in Durrants’ ‘Thomas Churchyard Pictures and Fine Art Sale’, with some estimates starting as low as £100. We take a look at the artist’s lifetime and career. Born near Woodbridge in 1798, Thomas Churchyard (1798-1865) was one of John Constable’s closest followers. He collected and copied not just Constable’s work but that of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), John Crome of Norwich (1768-1821) and George Frost (1745-1821).  But while Churchyard’s watercolours and oil paintings – all on a small scale – reflect his admiration for the East Bergholt artist, his work demonstrates a much wider range. He became part of a group of artists of the ‘Suffolk School’ including the brothers Edward and Thomas Smythe, Robert Burrows, Fred Brett Russell, John Moore, Henry Bright… View the full post

Victorian official’s outfit at Hansons

Posted on May 11th, by admin in Auctions, News. No Comments
An outfit with a link to Queen Victoria and Derby has recently come to light on a valuation day in the county and is coming up for auction this month. Commenting on the find, Charles Hanson, manager of Hansons Auctioneers noted, “The outfit is a velvet court dress and was used for official occasions. This particular specimen has a particularly illustrious history. It was worn by Sir Alfred Seale Haslam of Breadsall Priory, (1844-1927) on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s state visit to Derby on 21st May 1891. “Queen Victoria opened the Derby Royal Infirmary and knighted Haslam for his services, very impromptu on the platform of Derby station. It is reputed the monarch cut her ear as she drew back the sword. A photograph from Maxwell Craven’s Derbeians of Distinction exists in Derby Local Studies Library of Haslam wearing… View the full post