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William and Mary longcase clock strikes the right notes at Tennants

18 May 2020

Results from two salerooms including an £18,000 longcase reflect strong demand

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Sir Oswald Birley's sensitive not stern portrait of father

18 May 2020

Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952) is among the artists most represented in UK public collections. Art UK records 173 works in national museums and institutions, National Trust properties and local museums.

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Children’s author gets sale off to flying start

18 May 2020

The name of the Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001) may not be as familiar in the UK as that of many other creators of children’s favourites.

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Schneider brothers take a peek into royal palaces

18 May 2020

Trudpert Schneider (1804-99), a Freiburg carpenter whose first brush with photography was to repair a broken box camera, is today deemed one of Germany’s most important daguerreotypists.

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Fleming licensed to thrill

18 May 2020

Two of Ian Fleming’s books were among the highlights of a general book and manuscript sale held on April 18 at a saleroom probably better known on these pages for its specialist sales in the field of magic and conjuring.

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Pick of the week: Chinese vase sets new online record

11 May 2020

A Chinese blue and white vase achieved a hammer price of over £3m at an online auction that closed in Singapore last week.

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Figures support optimism on antiques exports

11 May 2020

The art and antiques sector could benefit from a boost by the UK government after the coronavirus pandemic when the focus shifts to growing international trade.

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Cain Hoy porcelain: number of known survivors grows to 11 as tea bowl and saucer emerge at Adam Partridge

11 May 2020

More previously unrecorded porcelain attributed to the John Bartlam factory of Cain Hoy, South Carolina, has emerged for sale in the UK.

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Exports: rising costs and licensing hitch highlight short-term challenges

11 May 2020

International exports are predicted to return to growth following the easing of the lockdown in the UK. However, current art and antiques exports have slowed to a trickle.

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Fake Sumerian cuneiform tablets seized at airport

11 May 2020

A group of smuggled Mesopotamian ‘antiquities’ destined for collectors in the UK was discovered to be fake and seized by Border Force.

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Dealers Online: ATG's selection of 20 objects available from dealers' websites

11 May 2020

Our selection of 20 objects to view and buy from dealers online.

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Chinese table clock combining Western and Oriental features offered at Hanover sale

11 May 2020

For centuries, China was a rewarding market for European clock and watchmakers who created extravagant timepieces for their Oriental clientele.

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Artist of reverse still life painting revealed in Munich sale

11 May 2020

Among the interesting lots sold at Scheublein (26% buyer’s premium), in Munich on April 24 (a sale originally scheduled for March 20), was a 'Still Life with Basket of Fruit and Flowers'.

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Petworth fair unveils first virtual event but plans for physical staging later on

11 May 2020

Blackbrook Gallery, a specialist in 19th century naïve animal painting, offers Cheviot Ram at the first Virtual Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair opening this week.

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Auction previews: issue 2442

11 May 2020

The auction calendar has been much changed by Covid 19 restrictions. However, as indicated by these lots offered for sale in May, some UK auctioneers continue to transact behind closed doors holding ‘live online’ sales with bids taken via bidding platforms such as thesaleroom.com or over the phone. Typically purchases can either be collected safely and couriered, or stored by the auctioneers until the current government guidance is lifted.

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From Roman fragments to jigsaws: dealers sell for charity

11 May 2020

Dealers might not be on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis but many are trying to do their bit through charity sales. Here is a quick look at some of the businesses pledging proceeds to good causes.

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Jewellery auction previews: 18 upcoming lots including a Tiffany Art Nouveau necklace

11 May 2020

A selection of stand-out lots coming up at auction

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A toast to English drinking glasses

11 May 2020

Despite their apparent fragility, early English drinking glasses have survived in relatively large numbers. They have a long collecting pedigree – the idea of collecting them as objects of interest goes back at least to the 19th century.

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Danish collectors' eclectic items come to auction in Cologne

11 May 2020

Over nearly four decades, a collector in Copenhagen acquired works of art to furnish and decorate a patrician residence in the Danish capital. Part of his eclectic collection is on sale at Lempertz in Cologne on May 29-30.

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Four 18th century drinking glasses coming up for auction this month

11 May 2020

A selection of four 18th century drinking glasses appearing at auctions in May 2020.

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