Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

Record bid for ‘young Australia’s chef d’oeuvre’ at auction

13 September 2021

This bronze reduction of Kipkh (Circe) by Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal (1863-1931) set a new house record at Lots Road Auctions.

How long is it ‘fair and reasonable’ to wait for a bidder to settle a £354,000 bill?

13 September 2021

A legal dispute that explored how long it is ‘fair and reasonable’ to wait for a buyer to pay for a six-figure purchase has concluded.

Drinking a toast to the Bonnie Prince – in an English teapot

13 September 2021

The sale of the collection of Robin Simpson (1940-2020) was celebration of British commemorative ceramics.

Pick of the week: Putting China on course for golf

13 September 2021

Estimated at £400-600, this 7in (17cm) high Chinese export silver dragon handled tankard sold for a much higher sum.

An Arts and Crafts cabinet by Ernest Gimson is among six lots to watch this week

13 September 2021

With estimates from £150-8000, here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

Previews: issue 2509

13 September 2021

A selection of 16 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

Swig from this if gripped by gout

13 September 2021

This 16in (39cm) mid-18th century saltglazed stoneware bottle has two relief moulded medallions to the shoulder.

Asian art auctions busy as ever

13 September 2021

American firms will be cramming nearly 20 sales into the fourth week of September

Tagore ink painting brings Indian summer

13 September 2021

A mount to an ‘Indian school’ ink wash offered by Cuttlestones in Penkridge on September 2 read simply 'G Tagore'.

Rare 17th century longcase clock stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

10 September 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Edinburgh longcase clock that tripled its estimate in a Scottish auction.

Going for a Song – ‘Ru’ censer brings £320,000

06 September 2021

Stamford Auction Rooms set a house record when a Chinese pottery tripod censer shot over its £500-800 estimate to bring £320,000.

Pick of the week: Meissen made with a homely touch

06 September 2021

This near-complete Böttger Meissen tea set, c.1725, came for sale at Keys of Aylsham on September 1.

Renaissance revival carved bellows and Sir Alf Ramsey’s football cap are among four lots to watch

06 September 2021

With estimates from £350-4000, here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

Coins: Inside knowledge as major fair set to open this month

06 September 2021

With Coinex set to be the first major indoor ‘antiques’ fair staged in London since March 2020, we take a look at the prestigious event plus auctions planned to coincide

Previews: issue 2508

06 September 2021

A selection of 11 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland

USA: the land of opportunity for traditional European art and antiques

06 September 2021

As the Silent Generation passes and Baby Boomers choose to divest, large deposits of once fashionable art and antiques are heading for auction in the US.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s pre-Culloden meal

06 September 2021

On April 14, 1746, two days before the battle that would seal his fate, Charles Edward Stuart held a lavish meal at Culloden House, the highland estate owned by Hanoverian loyalist Duncan Forbes (1685-1747) that had recently been commandeered by Jacobite forces.

Animal magic as Japanese works bring demand at Woolley & Wallis

06 September 2021

This iron model of a hawk above is a striking example of a jizai okimono – lifelike, articulated animal figures popular in the last decades of Edo-period and Meiji Japan.

Rare comic featuring first appearance of Roy of the Rovers stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

03 September 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a copy ‘Tiger’ weekly that made over 25-times estimate at Comic Book Auctions.

Auctioneer Alan Blakeman to sell giant pot lid in downsizing of his collection

30 August 2021

Advertising and antique bottle supremo Alan Blakeman of BBR Auctions discovered this massive 18½in (45cm) diameter pot lid back in the early 1980s.