Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell
Qing bamboo brushpot bought for £700 makes £58,000 in Dorchester auction19 November 2015
The primary draw to the regions – rather than London – during last week’s glut of Asian works of art sales was the auction titled ‘In Pursuit of the Scholar’s Spirit’ conducted by Duke’s of Dorchester.
Should connoisseurship be placed under the microscope?18 November 2015
“There are 12 symbols in the Chinese language for the word fake – and each means something slightly different”.
Customs return ivories to London dealer after three-year battle12 November 2015
Following a long legal battle, London dealer Joost van den Bergh has successfully overturned a controversial customs decision to seize three rare 17th century ivories.
‘Yongzheng’ vase posts £114,500 record for Carmarthen auction house09 November 2015
Welsh auctioneers Peter Francis set a new house record when this 8in (19cm) celadon glazed vase sold via the-saleroom.com to a bidder from mainland China for £114,500.
Burges chalice surfaces in Oxfordshire06 November 2015
Many who viewed a Barkentin and Krall chalice at JS Auctions in Bodicote, Oxfordshire will have hoped to win it close to its £300-500 estimate.
Gallé vase at Hansons is broken but unbowed03 November 2015
As suggested by an inscription to the socle reading ‘Gallé, Expo 1900’, this ovoid pedestal vase offered by Hansons of Etwall in Derbyshire had been created in the studios of Emile Gallé (1846-1904) for the ‘Exposition Universelle de Paris’ in 1900.
John Pye Auctions open showroom and luxury assets headquarters in Bond Street30 October 2015
Nottingham-based John Pye Auctions are expanding into Mayfair.
Phillips migrate Martinware to New York while Greenslade’s gourds surface at Salisbury auction29 October 2015
Two single-owner collections of Martinware – each exceptional in their own way – will appear for sale on either side of the Atlantic this autumn.
£155,000 tile saved from the jumble27 October 2015
There was drama at the Stonepark auction rooms of Rendells near Ashburton when this Isnik fritware tile was hammered down at £155,000 at their latest sale.
New senior team appointed to Dreweatts26 October 2015
A new senior management team has been appointed to take on responsibility for the group of businesses that includes Dreweatts, Baldwin’s and Mallett, ATG has learned.
Power of the Penn second time around21 October 2015
As part of their latest 20th Century & Decorative Art auction in Stansted Mountfitchet, Sworders sold this still life by the influential American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) for £61,000.
Signature of Button Gwinnett, the forgotten man who signed the Declaration of Independence, emerges at Shropshire auction16 October 2015
“Button who?” When Shropshire documents consultant Ben Jones was told that an American client was considering selling the clipped signature of Button Gwinnett he reached for the search engine.
Blue John shines in the Midlands14 October 2015
After viewing events in London, Derbyshire and at the Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham, Fellows held their much-anticipated Blue John Sale in the Jewellery Quarter last week.
Italian trade lobby to change export laws12 October 2015
Stakeholders in the Italian art market will meet lawmakers this week in the hope of overturning legislation they say has hampered the country’s art market for a century.
De Pury volte face as Lambert collection sale to be held with new partner Christie’s09 October 2015
Simon de Pury’s sale of the Lambert collection, trailed as a litmus test for high-end digital auctions, will now be conducted as a bricks and mortar event from the rostrum at King Street.
Architects of Dreweatts group to leave05 October 2015
Stephan Ludwig and Ian Goldbart, creators of the group of businesses that includes Dreweatts, Baldwin’s and Mallett, are understood to have left parent company Stanley Gibbons.
Ascot Cup shines at Felix Dennis collection sale05 October 2015
The 1864 Ascot Cup, an impressive Victorian silver racing trophy by Garrard, led proceedings at the three-day sale of the Felix Dennis (1947-2014) collection. It sold at £67,000.
Grand Tour model brings corking result02 October 2015
A Grand Tour cork model of the Temple of Zeus at Paestum has sold for £44,000 at Hampstead Auctions in north London.
Pelham collection pulls all the right strings in Derby30 September 2015
Bimbo The Giant Clown was the beaming white face of Pelham Puppets for decades.
Exeter salerooms to offer John Constable oil sketch of Suffolk10 September 2015
Exeter saleroom Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will offer a well-provenanced oil by John Constable (1776-1837) in their October 6 fine art sale.