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Auctioneers Sworders will recreate the feel of a Georgian country house when the principal contents of Alderley House in Gloucestershire come up for sale on July 23rd 2019. The stand-alone auction in the auctioneer’s award-winning Stansted Mountfitchet headquarters will feature more than 500 lots. The present-day Alderley House is a mid-19th century Grade II listed country house designed by the English architect Lewis Vulliamy and built for Robert Blagden Hale in the small village of...

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Ceramicist Kate Braine has opened an exhibition showcasing over 300 sculptural pots in her private Chelsea Studio Home.  Tendril Is The Night opens at Kate Braine’s historic 18th Century townhouse today (Friday, 28 June 2019). Kate Braine has worked independently from her historic 18th Century Townhouse in Chelsea for over 20 years, without publicly showing her works, amassing an amazing collection of striking sculptural pots. Now Kate will reveal her works for the first time,...

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The lure of gold is legendary, but are we fooling ourselves if we treat it as a sensible choice for the modern investor? It pays to understand why for hundreds of years it was the foundation of all wealth, and why it’s perhaps a different type of investment today. The use of gold in the form of coins probably dates back to Egypt in 500BC, at a time when the intrinsic value of the metal had long been established through its use in jewellery. The History...

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Despite the rise of the mobile phone and smartwatch, traditional wristwatches are by no means obsolete. In fact, driven by the passion of many small, individual designers, there’s a powerful movement to bring back the wristwatch as a statement of style, personality and individuality. One of the most striking stories is that of Atelier Wen, a young brand formed by a team of French and Chinese designers with the aims of taking high-quality Chinese mechanical watches into the mainstream. It’s an open secret that even in a...

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Certainly the most significant potter of 18th Century Britain, and arguably the most revered to this day, Josiah Wedgwood (1730- 95) mastered his trade early. Hailing from a large family of established potters in Staffordshire, the young Wedgwood learned how to throw in the workshop of his older brother, Thomas. Years later, Wedgwood became renowned for his experiments, technical innovations and more specifically, for his creamware body and glaze—renamed ‘Queen’s Ware’ after he became ‘potter to Her Majesty’ in 1766. It was during a visit to Liverpool in 1762 that Wedgwood...

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Is there anything more exciting than a concert violinist standing in front of a full symphony orchestra, ready to share with the world the beauty of Tchaikovsky? Perhaps a soloist playing on their own beautifully hand-crafted instrument. Once a violinist reaches a certain level of expertise, the next step in their career is to locate a violin made specifically to suit their requirements. We round up places to find elegant and excellent violins around the...

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The unparalleled beauty of the  pearl has become a metaphor for perfection, rarity and passion. Efectively the first discovered ‘gem’, though it’s organic rather than mineral, no accounts exist of the earliest human use of the pearl. Presumably, man first discovered it while hunting for food along the coasts, beginning a long-standing appreciation for one of humanity’s most coveted precious objects. Fit For a Queen Until recently, ownership of pearls was reserved exclusively for the...

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While investment in stocks, shares and bonds remains an uncertain option, alternative investments, such as art, cars, coins and stamps, have become increasingly attractive. The rate of return can be spectacular, and this is true nowhere more than in the world of wine bottles. Between 2012 and 2017, for instance, the Petit Mouton 2011 vintage appreciated from £690 per case to £1,831, an increase of 165 percent.  Last year, two of just 600 surviving bottles...

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Auction highlights across this year do far – tiaras, the largest pink diamond jewel ever sold, prestigious Ottoman Iznik pottery and iconic paintings. Starting off the year was the Bonhams Photographs auction at New York in April which featured works by Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Stieglitz, Helmut Newton, Ormond Gigli (the famous Girls in the Windows), and Steve McCurry (the equally famous Sharbat Gula, Afghan Girl, a dye bleach print of which sold for...

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The Royal Mint is to hold a ballot for a rare George III Sovereign, selling for a flat fee of £100,000. Struck in 1819, it is one of perhaps only ten such sovereigns known to exist, and will be made available through a ballot on the 12th July 2019. Ahead of the ballot, the sovereign will be on display in the Royal Mint Experience from 10th June 2019. The sovereign will be offered at a fixed...

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