A ‘rediscovered’ lifetime cast of Giambologna’s ‘Rape of a Sabine’ topped Sotheby’s sell-out sale of works from the […]
Matthew Barton (25% buyer’s premium) attracted international interest in this early-19th century German gold snuff box at his […]
Varied selection of Down Under images joins British art on offer in Salisbury saleroom. Extracted from Antiques Trade […]
Clarice Cliff is renowned for her skill in designing both the painted pattern and the shape of her pieces. She favoured bold colours and strong designs and unusual, sometimes bizarre shapes. Cliff was different from most young women in the pottery industry. She wanted to learn everything and she quite soon became skilled in modelling, gilding, hand painting, enamelling and banding. Cliff’s work was popular and much in demand during the 1920s but then interest declined. However, the Brighton exhibition started a revival in interest. The interest peaked in the 1980s and 1990s. Although the prices have fallen since then, rare combinations of paint and shape can still command high prices at auction.
An intaglio ring became the second of the ‘lost’ Marlborough jewels to surface at auction in 2019 when […]
This rediscovered drawing of the future George IV (1762-1830) is believed to have been owned by his true […]
Putting classic English furniture firmly back in the forefront of provincial sales in the first part of December […]
El Greco, or The Greek, was the nickname adopted by Spanish Renaissance artist Domenikos Theotokopoulos. In 1563, at the age of twenty-two, El Greco had been described as maestro (master) Domenigo and probably ran his own workplace. He would have trained as a painter of icons at the Cretan Renaissance which thrived from the 15th to the 17th century. El Greco is viewed as the most successful graduate to create an art career in Western Europe in the Cretan style. His style is viewed as unique in the art world, with his elongated figures and combination of Byzantine and Western conventions. His work is sometimes described as pre-dating both Expressionism and Cubism.
A rare Saxon walrus ivory seal matrix will go back on display in the British Museum – after […]
Items from the estate of the Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-93) were included in the Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium) […]
A Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period falangcai enamel bowl sold for €3.25m (£2.8m) to lead the recent round […]
This Victorian mother-of-pearl and abalone shell card case is carved with a portrait of George Lord Byron, the […]
A Roman bronze ring offered for sale by Pax Romana (15% buyer’s premium) in London on November 24 […]
A copy of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto made an auction record for sports memorabilia when it was hammered […]
A walking cane once owned by Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon (1862-1931), a controversial Titanic survivor, is to be offered […]
This 12in (30cm) cong form vase with elephant-head handles is decorated in qianjiangcai enamels by Cheng Men (1833-1908) […]
The relatively short reign of the Ming emperor Xuande (1425-35) was considered a high point in the production […]
The first use of pipes for smoking was by the Native Americans. Tobacco was valuable to them. It was considered to have medicinal properties, and smoking was believed to help alleviate pains and cure illnesses. Tobacco and smoking pipes reached Europe when explorers returned to their country in the 1500s. Some early European pipes were made out of a type of clay used to make fine china. Some pipes were made of wood such as walnut and cherry. Aside from their wooden pipes, Germany was also known for its excellent porcelain pipes. Pipe shapes changed as time passed until it evolved into the pipes we recognise today.