Auctions

News and previews of art and antiques sold at auctions throughout the UK and overseas, from multi-million-pound blockbusters to affordable collectables.


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Estimate €5000, sold for €6.4m: Lost folios of Chinese encyclopedia surface in Paris

13 July 2020

Two lost folios from the 'Yongle Dadian', the Ming dynasty encyclopaedia that has assumed national treasure status in China, surfaced for sale in Paris last week.

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‘First signature’ tablet hits the £140,000 mark at Bloomsbury Auctions

13 July 2020

A US collector is the new owner of a 5000-year-old tablet that contains the earliest-known record of any personal name in history.

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Pick of the week: Exhibition quality lugger models sail into Charles Miller’s auction

13 July 2020

Whoever H Twyman was, his talents as a craftsman are beyond doubt.

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John Hampden Society buys lock of hair believed to belong to the famous parliamentarian

13 July 2020

English Civil War group The John Hampden Society has bought a lock of hair thought to be from the head of its eponymous patron.

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Go through the keyhole to find special appeal of 19th century doll’s house

13 July 2020

A 19th century doll’s house sold for £8500 at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) – but its real appeal came from what was inside.

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Ceramics and glass: Market reboot helps to break the mould

13 July 2020

The market for traditional British and Continental ceramics did not lie idle for three months. As ATG reports, a renewed enthusiasm greeted the first major UK sale since lockdown

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An exhibition-quality skeleton clock and a RAF pilot’s Omega wristwatch are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

13 July 2020

With estimates from £700-15,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Portrait plays second fiddle to map with famous Blaeu name

13 July 2020

Bearing an estimate of just €100-150, a double-sided lot in a big Dutch sale attracted great international interest and ended up selling at €32,500 (£29,120).

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Princeteau paintings chased down at Roseberys

13 July 2020

A group of seven works from a private collection by René Charles Pierre Princeteau (1843-1919) appeared at the Roseberys sale on June 4, all of them selling for a combined £72,100. Interest was reported from France, Belgium and the US.

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Los Angeles sale to offer bronze tribute to the vanquished

13 July 2020

This late 19th century French bronze figural group, 'Gloria Victis', after the model by Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercié (1845-1916), will be offered in Andrew Jones Auctions’ Design for the Home and Garden sale in Los Angeles on July 26.

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Paris porcelain plates with views of the Bosphorus draw interest in Dutch sale

13 July 2020

This set of 40 Paris porcelain cabinet plates, c.1850, decorated with views of Constantinople, sold for €36,000/£32,730 (estimate €20,000-30,000) at a recent sale held by Dutch firm Oriental Art Auctions (28% buyer’s premium) in Hattem.

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Auction previews: issue 2451

13 July 2020

Sixteen upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Meissen figure groups make key contribution to auction of Müller-Frei collection

13 July 2020

The sale of the Müller-Frei collection of paintings and decorative arts held by Koller (25% buyer’s premium) in Zurich last month included two early 18th century Meissen figure groups that outstripped their estimates.

British and Irish book auctions: July 14-29, 2020

13 July 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from July 14-29, 2020.

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Highlights from Shelton New Hall at Elstob & Elstob

13 July 2020

The New Hall China Manufactory holds an important place in the history of English porcelain. Active from 1781-1835, it was effectively a cooperative between several Staffordshire earthenware makers, who acquired the Bristol porcelain patent and financed a factory together, first at Tunstall and then at Shelton New Hall in Hanley.

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Rijksmuseum delivers the winning punch for Ansbach bowl

13 July 2020

The Rijksmuseum was in action at the Drouot to carry off a 9½in (24cm) wide porcelain punchbowl from the Ansbach factory.

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Böttger stonewares on offer at Bonhams

13 July 2020

Bonhams will sell the third tranche of a substantial private collection of Meissen on July 22. It includes a number of Böttger stonewares with this 4in (10cm) head of the Emperor Vitellius, c.1710-13, estimated at £4000-6000.

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De Staël on offer as single lot at Paris Enchères

13 July 2020

Paris Enchères Collin du Bocage will be holding a single-lot sale on July 22 in Paris of a painting by Nicolas de Staël (1914-55).

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Copeland footbath and garden seat bring bidding in English regions

13 July 2020

Large, bold and decorative, transfer-printed pottery footbaths have an appeal that goes beyond collectors of 19th century ceramics.

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Roubtzoff depiction of Tunisian street life appears at Millon

13 July 2020

Paris Millon will offer this painting of a Tunisian street scene by Alexandre Roubtzoff (1884-1949) at its Antiquities and Orientalist sale on July 21.

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