A prototype of the PlayStation has sold for $300,000 at auction in Texas. The 28-year-old gaming console, offered […]
A barometer is a scientific instrument that is used to measure the pressure of the atmosphere in a certain area or environment. At first, the barometer was only used by the scientific community. However, this started to change during the late 1600s when barometers started to appear in people’s homes. These household barometers were not just tools for the home, they were also decorations. As such, were made quite ornately mostly following the design aesthetics of the period. There is no question that antique barometers are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. In fact, some of the older, complete and functioning pieces can cost up to $25,000.
The first specialist sale of dolls and dolls’ houses at Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium) of […]
A silver penny of Ludica, a virtually unknown Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia, has sold for £32,000. Extracted from […]
The best-seller lists these days will always include a good number of explosive memoirs written by special forces […]
This flag offered at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) carries inscriptions for HMS Swiftsure – British Pacific […]
Australia is rich in art, and many fine artists have lived and grown up here. These artists are just a sample of the rich and varied art being produced in Tasmania at this time. They produced varied styles of work and used various media, but the scenery was a popular subject, with the mountains, rivers and coast of Tasmania providing some beautiful subjects. Portraiture was also popular, providing us with delightful glimpses of the local inhabitants. All very different in style and technique, yet all depicting the wonderful Tasmanian scenery, for us all to enjoy in the many art galleries and museums displaying their works.
A taxidermy Adélie penguin collected by scientists during the Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition from 1910-1913 drew strong interest […]
A pair of Chinese carved officials’ chairs offered at Ramsay Cornish (20% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh were typical […]
“Something awful. Never witnessed anything like it before. After a bombardment of a week the Germans mounted their […]
Four military maps encompassing Siam (Thailand), Hong Kong, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took an unexpected £3700 at […]
The near dominance of Scandinavians among mid-20th century designers of wood furniture and artefacts was underlined at two […]
This set of table and chairs by the ever-popular Mouseman had been bought from the Kilburn workshops in […]
A spectacular competition came at Woolley & Wallis’ latest picture sale as 12 bidders pursued a pair of […]
Included in a recent sale of American and European paintings and works of art sale at Skinner (25/20/12% […]
A highlight of the first sale of this year held by Poster Auctions International (20% buyer’s premium) in […]
A pair of doucai ‘dragon’ dishes that was entered for sale by a local vendor sold for over […]
Flemish painter Robert Campin was a wealthy and influential man. He also managed a large workshop. Campin could have studied under Jan van Eyck. He was employed by the city to paint a number of church sculptures and of those in municipal buildings. As Campin did not sign and seldom dated his work, there remains controversy as to who the artist was who created some works attributed to him. Robert Campin was previously known as the Master of the Mérode Triptych, prior to the Flémalle paintings being discovered. It is generally accepted, however, that the mysterious Master of Flémalle was Robert Campin.