Auction Reports


Irish provincial silver amassed by German collector

13 September 2021

Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) sale of Silver & Vertu included a number of Irish provincial pieces from the collection of Peter Ticher.

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.

Derby duo ready for research

13 September 2021

Although apparently unmarked, this pair of twin-handled porcelain covered chocolate cups, covers and saucers are a Derby model from c.1790-95.

Bidders recognise maiolica dish as three centuries older than catalogued

13 September 2021

Although catalogued as 19th century, this 10½in (27cm) maiolica dish is more probably 16th century.

The hat fits for Lutyens

13 September 2021

Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) designed a number of daring light fittings for his architectural projects – all of them rare and desirable objects.

It must be Malta again

13 September 2021

Once again illustrating that few countries of origin have as great an impact on furniture prices as Malta, this 18th century commode sold for £6800 at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) July 29 Maidenhead sale.

Maltby Millennium chess set checks in at Ewbank’s

13 September 2021

The studio potter John Maltby (1936-2020) created this chess set shown right for the Millennium celebrations at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

Silver salts count as York rarities

06 September 2021

Following an upturn in the fortunes of the silver trade in York, an assay office reopened there in 1776 and remained active until final closure in 1858.

Relics from rare Keith silver to symbols of Jacobite rebellion feature at Edinburgh auction

06 September 2021

The rarest Scottish provincial town marks, known only from spoons and ladles, are those of Stonehaven, Ellon and Keith.

Omega Seamaster made exclusively for the SAS sold at Fellows

06 September 2021

Watches with military associations carry a certain cachet with collectors.

Not bad for a sewer find – 400-year-old candlestick proves 'where there’s muck there’s brass'

06 September 2021

With the unusual provenance of having been dug out of a London sewer during excavations in 1930, the 15th or early 16th century copper alloy candlestick shown here underlined the truth of the maxim that where there’s muck there’s brass.

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.

Monart glass makes a mark on home turf

30 August 2021

Collection of distinctive pre-war glass produced in Perth impresses at local saleroom

Militaria from D-Day Royal Marines Commando makes 18-times estimate

30 August 2021

The best-performing entry of the Lindsay Burns (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Perth on July 20-22 against estimate was a militaria lot.

Sensational Tannoy speaker emerges in a sleeper trio in Dorset

30 August 2021

Only a handful of companies have created products with sufficient impact that their brand names become generic descriptions for objects of their type.

Barn find jukebox could be golden oldie

30 August 2021

A classic ‘barn find’ piece, this somewhat dilapidated jukebox was spotted as a potential golden oldie at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium).

Two pieces of furniture at Sussex auction with very different features... and prices

30 August 2021

The second day of Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale on August 3-5 included a Chinese hardwood table that catapulted way above its £1000-1500 estimate.

Sisters' sampler skills on show at Mallams' auction

30 August 2021

Samplers made by siblings or generations of the same family can attract a significant commercial premium.

Cover star with substance to follow at North Yorkshire summer auction

23 August 2021

Front page pair of £68,000 candelabra headed a varied auction with plenty of highlights

Snuffbox copy has its own charms

23 August 2021

Along with its Summer Fine Art sale, Tennants held a jewellery, watches and silver sale on July 17.

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