Yorkshire and the Humber


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Messums opens Modern and Contemporary gallery in Harrogate

30 July 2020

Art dealership Messums has opened a permanent exhibition space in Yorkshire.

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In a Whirligig at the £4800 return of Mr Turnip

20 July 2020

The fortnightly Saturday afternoon TV show Whirligig was the first children’s programme to be broadcast live from the BBC studios in Lime Grove, Shepherd’s Bush.

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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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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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Modest estimates at Hawleys fuel strong bidder demand

13 July 2020

Two pictures from local deceased estates drew solid competition at a recent sale at East Yorkshire auction house Hawleys (20% buyers premium) thanks to being offered with ‘there-to-be-sold’ estimates.

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Watch sounds the alarm for the first time

06 July 2020

Not to be confused with the modern reissues, the original Vulcain Cricket was marketed in 1947 as the world’s first wristwatch with an alarm.

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Squirrels taxidermy diorama is a big deal

06 July 2020

The 252-lot Natural History and Taxidermy auction at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) on June 19 included this Victorian anthropomorphic diorama of card-playing, cigar-smoking red squirrels, c.1870-1900.

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Rare spy camera disguised as pocket watch from 1905 brings bidding battle between two museums

15 June 2020

A rare ‘pocket watch’ sold by East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) was more surveillance device than timekeeper.

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Fans for staying cool in the social sense

08 June 2020

Keeping cool was just one of the many uses of the Georgian and Victorian fan.

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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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Sworders to hold monthly jewellery sales as Jacqueline Adams heads to Tennants

11 May 2020

Among the major changes to Sworders’ auction calendar because of the coronavirus lockdown is the addition of a monthly sale of jewellery, watches and objects of vertu.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1500 including a Frank O Salisbury portrait

04 May 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Frank O Salisbury portrait.

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Von Brühl’s tailor rides his goat and fabled groups add a light touch

04 May 2020

By tradition, Count Heinrich von Brühl (1700-63), chief minister and favourite to Augustus III, was a man famed for his fashion sense. His tailor was thus an important part of his entourage.

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Walnut longcase clock signed for Golden Age maker sparks bidding in Yorkshire

04 May 2020

Estimated at just £1000-1500, this late-17th century walnut eight-day longcase clock sold via thesaleroom.com for £11,000 at Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium) in Ripon.

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Pick of the week: Tiffany ‘orchidomania’ returns with auction of tiger orchid brooch

27 April 2020

Of all the sensational jewellery displayed by Tiffany at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle the most memorable was a group of 24 enamelled orchid brooches.

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Guide to archery by author best known for duck decoy work hits the spot in Yorkshire sale

20 April 2020

Compiled by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey of Thirkleby Park in North Yorkshire, an illustrated manuscript on archery dating from the opening years of the last century has sold for £2600. It was part of a sale held in Leyburn by Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).

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Collectors donate 100 pieces of studio pottery and Modern British art to The Hepworth Wakefield museum

08 April 2020

Two collectors of British studio pottery have bequeathed 100 pieces from their personal collection to The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire.

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Auerbach’s theatrical flourish in Scarborough

06 April 2020

An unsigned Frank Auerbach (b.1931) sketch in coloured inks of Camden Theatre in London, a favourite subject of the artist, emerged as the top-selling lot at Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Linthorpe pottery dish showing how Christopher Dresser looked to Fiji for inspiration sells in Rotherham

06 April 2020

A Linthorpe pottery dish designed for the Middlesbrough pottery by Dr Christopher Dresser sold online well over a £400-600 estimate for £4200 at Paul Beighton (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Pick of the week: Mah-jong set that counts for a lot

30 March 2020

The popular Chinese game of mah-jong is a relative newcomer.

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