Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell
UK dealers told to destroy ivory antiques in US25 February 2016
Four London dealers were made to deface valuable antiques after they imported objects into the US without declaring their ivory content.
Export paddle boat steams in at Duke’s23 February 2016
This rare early 19th century Chinese gilt decorated export lacquer model of a paddle steamer sold for £7000 at Duke’s of Dorchester.
An expensive kittens’ wedding at $100,00018 February 2016
Two of the best-known anthropomorphic creations of the celebrated Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter (1835-1918) resurfaced at Treadway Toomey in Oak Park, near Chicago, Illinois, on February 6.
Function and fashion mean few positives for furniture index11 February 2016
Prices for standard English antique furniture fell for the eighth successive year, according to latest figures from the Antique Collectors’ Club’s (ACC) Annual Furniture Index (AFI).
TEFAF takes bite of the Big Apple09 February 2016
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), umbrella organiser of the world’s foremost art and antiques fair in Maastricht, are launching two boutique events in the Park Avenue Armory, New York.
Maiolica charger takes £210,000 at Sotheby’s28 January 2016
Sotheby’s recent sale of royal and aristocratic heirlooms, titled Of Royal and Noble Descent, included this maiolica istoriato charger.
Monkey business – Swiss museum buys automaton at Bristol auction19 January 2016
A museum in Switzerland has acquired this extraordinary monkey band automaton at an online-only auction conducted by East Bristol Auctions, in Hanham, Bristol.
2015 totals: the auctioneers’ view13 January 2016
Phillips set new high for Martin Brothers31 December 2015
Phillips set a new high for Martinware with the sale of this 14in (36cm) high bird jar modelled as Benjamin Disraeli for a double-estimate $190,000 (£126,670).
Commission suggest legal definition for ‘antique’ firearms23 December 2015
The Law Commission, the independent body which reviews laws in England and Wales, have recommended to the government that the term ‘antique firearm’ be defined in statute for the first time.
Qianlong vase brings house record in Derbyshire22 December 2015
Hansons of Etwall in Derbyshire posted a new house record in the closing days of 2015 with the sale of a 13in (32cm) high Qianlong (1736-95) mark and period famille rose vase for £300,000.
Scott collection fires the market for English clocks18 December 2015
One of the most ambitious dealer selling exhibitions of recent memory – the Tom Scott collection of clocks at Carter Marsh – has concluded with market-defining sales for the Winchester dealership.
A third Union flag flown at Trafalgar?17 December 2015
A Union flag, by repute flown by one of Nelson’s warships at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, carries an estimate of £30,000-50,000 at sporting gun specialists Holt’s on March 17.
Liberty and Liberalism combine for Archibald Knox record16 December 2015
This gold and peacock blue enamel necklace designed by Archibald Knox sold for £31,000 at Mallams in Oxford.
Narwhal tusk returned by Border Force08 December 2015
An antique narwhal tusk that faced destruction following a dispute over paperwork has been returned to its owner after a judge ruled its confiscation by customs had been “unreasonable”.
Rangoon ‘exhibition’ bowl makes £11,500 in Essex03 December 2015
A growing market for silver from the sub-continent culminated in a bid of £11,500 for this 9in (23cm) early 20th century Burmese bowl by Maung Yin Maung of Rangoon.
Ivory research project launched03 December 2015
Senior figures from both UK dealing associations gave an impassioned defence of the antiques trade as a project seeking to gauge the impact of a ban on the sale of ivory works of art was launched in Westminster last week.
SOFAA issue new T&Cs for online selling02 December 2015
In response to the new Consumer Rights Act, the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers have produced two different versions of their model terms and conditions – one for bricks and mortar ‘onsite’ auctions and another for online-only sales.
Majolica masterpieces buck the trend30 November 2015
Two versions of a celebrated German majolica tureen appeared for sale in a matter of weeks – both bringing sterling prices in an otherwise soft market for 19th century ceramics.
IACF acquire Sandown fair and switch day to Monday20 November 2015
International Antiques & Collectors Fairs (IACF) have added the monthly antiques and vintage fairs held at Sandown Park Racecourse to their roster of events.