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Strike it lucky at Cheffins’

Posted on April 24th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
Paintings by the British artist Simon Parker (b. 1956) are among the lots going under the hammer at Cheffins’ Art and Design from 1860 auction on April 30. Striking Out Independently, 1998, watercolour and goache, is one of 30 lots from the collection of the late conductor Christopher Hogwood CBE. The musicologist, who died last September aged 73, was the founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, one of the first and best-known period instrument orchestras. Earlier this year Gardiner and Houlgate, in Bath, sold his outstanding collection of musical instruments; while the Cambridge auctioneers retained some of Mr Hogwood’s paintings, ceramics and furniture. The artist Simon Palmer was born in South Yorkshire in 1956 and studied at Reigate Art School, graduating in 1977. Since then he has become one of Britain’s leading watercolour artists and his work is highly… View the full post

Eastern Promise at Chiswick Auction

Posted on April 24th, by admin in Auctions. No Comments
Following Chiswick Auction’s exceptional result of £36,000 (including premium) for a Ming cloisonné enamel tripod incense burner in February, the London auctioneer is offering two more important pieces in May. The first is formed as a begging bowl decorated to the body with two facing long-tailed Makara, the base with a ribboned double vajra (pictured) (estimate: £10,000 – 15,000). The second, a duck-form cloisonné enamel and gilt bronze censer, formed in two sections with a trapezoid base (estimate: £20,000 – 30,000). The lots are part of Chiswick Auction’s 300-lot Asian Art auction on 5 May which includes a range of pieces from China, Japan, India and South East Asia. The sale will also include a loop-handled gold splashed tripod censer (estimate: £6,000 – 8,000) as well as a parcel-gilt bronze gui-form censor by Hu Wenming (estimate: £12,000 – 18,000). Later… View the full post

Car boot Burmantofts plaque makes £7K

Posted on April 24th, by admin in Auctions, Ceramics, News, Uncategorized. No Comments
A Burmantofts faience plaque, bought from a car boot sale for just £20, has sold for £7000 at Cumbrian auctioneers, 1818 Auctions of Milnthorpe, reaching far beyond its estimate of £400-600. Measuring 61cm, the plaque is painted in the Art Nouveau style and depicts a classical mythology scene surrounded by a border of fish and seaweed. The piece is in good condition, although has some crazing and wear to its edges. Bearing the mark of Burmantofts Faience, it is dated 87 (1887) and has the monogram LK, which research now suggests are the initials for Leonard King, rather than Louis Kramer as once believed. The price paid for the plaque, which is thought to be by a private collector, is one of the highest achieved for the Leeds factory.… View the full post

Making A Splash – 100 years of vintage Swimwear

Posted on April 24th, by admin in Exhibitions, Uncategorized. No Comments
Antique Collecting goes behind the scenes at a new exhibition exploring more than 100 years of swimwear from the English seaside to the Côte d’Azur. Rivera Style Resort and Swimwear since 1900 runs at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum from now until the end of August. From Edwardian bathing dresses and knitted swimsuits to a 21st-century burkini, Riviera Style at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London brings together more than 100 years of clothing worn in and by the sea. Using costumes from private collections, fashion magazines and trade journals, the exhibition also sheds new light on the relationship between swimwear and social attitudes towards the body. Guest curator and design historian Dr Christine Boydell said: “‘Days at the beach began as a health cure when sea air was prescribed by doctors in the Victorian era. Before the 1920s swimming costumes were… View the full post

Noah’s Ark causes flood of interest at auction

Posted on April 20th, by admin in Antiques, Auctions, News. No Comments
The Noah’s Ark at Halls’ recent auction BBC1’s recent epic drama The Ark and last year’s blockbuster movie Noah helped raise a good price for a 19th-century German model of Noah’s Ark and 134 pairs of carved wooden animals. Halls auctioneers sold the ark and its attendant animals for  £1,000 at its 500-lot auction of fine furniture, European ceramics and works of art in Shrewsbury last week. Senior auctioneer and valuer Andrew Beeston said the ark would have been made in around 1870 and complete sets in good condition were rare to find. Other leading prices in the furniture section included £2,050 for a George III oak high dresser from a Shropshire vendor, £1,900 for a mid-19th century Welsh oak housekeeper’s cupboard, £1,800 for a Charles II oak dresser base and £1,200 for a mid-19th century Killarney walnut and marquetry… View the full post

Antiques for Everyone sees middle market return

Posted on April 20th, by admin in Antiques, Fairs, News. No Comments
Buyers from Taiwan, Russia and Japan helped make this weekend’s Antiques for Everyone one of the best in years, encouraged by the return of the ‘middle market’. Thirty years after the fair first opened its doors, the event at the NEC from April 9-12, saw antiques and fine art lovers from across the globe attend the Birmingham event. Jo Bentley on a Scottish Arts & Crafts settle with Liberty fabric sold at Antiques for Everyone Dealers reported confidence returning strongly with sales across at every level. David March of David and Sally March, porcelain specialists from Bristol who have shown at the NEC for more than 25 years, said: “The middle market has returned.” A special collection of Minton pâte-surpâte vases by Marc-Louis Solon (1835-1913) proved an irresistible attraction to a Taiwanese collector visiting on the opening day. The collection, belonging… View the full post

Helixophiles in a spin over Cotswolds’ sale

Posted on April 20th, by admin in Antiques, Auctions. No Comments
Collectors are in a spin over a large collection of antique corkscrews, which will be going under the hammer in the Cotswolds next week. The corkscrews, bottle openers, apple corers and cheese scoops will be sold over 10 lots at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester on Friday, April 24. Among the best is a folding corkscrew in the shape of a bottle inscribed John Dewar & Sons Distillers Old Highland Whisky and two similar corkscrews inscribed MCL, together with a brass pull ring corkscrew inscribed The Clough Wire Corkscrew Company Alton NH Hail Columbia 1492 1892, and a corkscrew as a pair of scissors inscribed Foucher and Co Eperney. A bid of £50 to £80 should secure the lot. Meanwhile, a bottle opener inscribed John Watts Maker Protected No 14795 Sheffield, together with a bottle opener inscribed Fabrication Francasise… View the full post

Sotheby’s ‘Ivy auction’ makes tasty sales

Posted on April 20th, by admin in Antiques, Auctions, News. No Comments
Bridget Riley’s ‘The Ivy’ painting There was a chance to acquire a piece of culinary history when items from the legendary London restaurant The Ivy went under the hammer. Sotheby’s ‘Made In Britain’ auction, which included lots from the renowned London eaterie, achieved double its high estimate of £3,377,068. Money made from the sale – ahead of the restaurant’s revamp this month – went to Child Bereavement UK. The Ivy’s legendary oak doors, estimated at between £800 – £1,200, made £27,500 on the night (including a buyer’s premium of 25 percent) while six place settings achieved £6,875 (more than six times the low estimate of £1,000). Ten napkins, with an estimate of between £60 and £80, made £2,750. The highest price for a work displayed in the restaurant went to Bridget Riley’s The Ivy painting, which sold for £413,000, while… View the full post