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In its latest catalogue, Fifty Fine Items, Peter Harrington Rare Books has included some fascinating volumes with interesting inscriptions by Charles Dickens, HG Wells, DH Lawrence, Ian Fleming and Oskar Schindler. Among others the catalogue contains a superb presentation copy of Oliver Twist, inscribed by the author to his close friend William Charles Macready on the title page: “W.C. Macready from his affectionate friend Charles Dickens Christmas 1841.” Macready was an actor and theatre-manager and was...

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Modern British furniture manufacturing leads the world, with its design flair and traditional hand skills setting the highest standards. But what does it take to continue an illustrious history of furniture-making?  British furniture-making has always set the highest standards in design and manufacturing quality, and it’s fascinating to realise how much its styles and materials are influenced by world history.  From the Restoration period of the 1660s-1680s, when the return of the king and his...

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Artcurial’s Winter sales at the Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo return on the 14th-16th January 2020, offering a striking array of luxury collectables, from fine watches and Hermès handbags to rare jewellery and stones including Lalique. Jewellery sale highlights (15th Jan) include: An opal-set Lalique neck plate from the Maurice Rheims collection (estimate: €150,000 – 200,000) A pink gold pendant necklace made of a square-cut blue-green diamond, a pear-cut yellow diamond and eight pear-cut pink diamonds...

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Box galleries in Chelsea is the go-to London destination for contemporary art collectors. Arts & Collections asks owner Emma Moir for her unique take on the market  Since its foundation in 2012, Box Galleries has become a reliable source of recognised investment artwork, as well as works by emerging talents in the contemporary art scene.  Emma Moir, owner of the King’s Road, Chelsea gallery, has built up an impeccable reputation for having access to artwork...

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Lyon & Turnbull is partnering with vintage poster specialist Tomkinson Churcher to present the annual Ski Sale in Edinburgh on 15 January 2020. This popular auction celebrates the golden age of travel, from the turn of the twentieth century through to the 1950s, a time when the first ski resorts competed to be recognised as the most glamorous, with some of the finest designers and artists commissioned to create stylish posters urging holiday-makers to visit....

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One of the most recognisable superhero costumes of all time has sold for $193,750 at Julien’s Auctions. This Superman cape was worn by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 film, Superman. The cape sold at this record breaking amount for a movie superhero cape at the Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction in Los Angeles on the 16th December. This was only the second appearance the cape has made at an auction after 40 years. See Also:...

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An annual showcase of contemporary work, Goldsmiths’ Fair is a highlight of the jewellery calendar. Arts & Collections visited the Autumn event to meet the artists collectors won’t want to miss  ‘Personality is stronger in British silver than anywhere else in the world,’ said Graham Hughes, Art Director of the Goldsmiths’ Company from 1951-81. This sentiment was on full display in the striking silhouettes present at this year’s annual Goldsmiths’ Fair, a showcase that brings...

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It’s not too late to shop for Christmas, and the antiques and collectables experts from LAPADA have a festive line-up of gifts guaranteed to get a good reception whether you’re buying for a loved one or yourself. We’ve picked just ten we would like to see under our Christmas tree – hint, hint. 1.   Russian vodka decanter A silver gilt and polychrome cloisonné enamel vodka decanter and goblet set. This piece was previously the...

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The Winter edition of London Art Week 2019, held from December 1st-6th, was declared a success with reports from dealers in the main very positive and a number of stand-out sales being made. At Raccanello LePrince, where Orientalist late 19th century ceramics by Cantagalli were on show at prices from £2000 to £10,000, interest was strong. Justin Raccanello reported: “We had a good London Art Week with half of our exhibition sold. All works went...

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Photographer Mirella Ricciardi is to exhibit iconic and unseen works in the exhibition Past and Present at Augustus Brandt Gallery, Petworth, from now until January 2020. With a career spanning over 65 years and many continents, Mirella Ricciardi is a creative force celebrated for capturing the people, wildlife and landscapes she encountered on her travels, and recognised for creating a fascinating record of east African tribal life, which led to the acclaimed book Vanishing Africa....

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