Artists Local to Essex – Sir Alfred James Munnings

Sir Alfred James Munnings was born in 1878 and became known as one of England's best equestrian painters. Born in Suffolk, just a stones throw from Essex he spent much of his teenange years perfecting his craft, attending the Norwich School of Art. Losing the sight in one eye at the age of just 20 didn't alter his drive to paint and as a full time painter he focuses on rural scenes of mainly horses and gypsies. His most famous paintings were of horses involved in hunting and racing scenes. Later on after being seen as unfit to fight in the First World War he worked with horses, processing thousands en route to France. During the war he painted many scenes of horses in battle and often worked close to the battlefield. There is a museum dedicated to his work in Dedham, Essex. The Munnings Collection is well worth a visit if you appreciate equestrian art. The museum is based in the house where he spent half of his life and was opened in 1959 by Lady Munnings. His sporting art has becom... [More]

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Are You Interested In Fine Art?

Fine art is a particular area of art which is focused on the aesthetics of the piece, rather than for practical purposes. As an example, while many of Leonardo's works are fine art, having a purely aesthetic quality, many of his notebook designs are applied art – they have a useful function in addition to being pleasing to the eye. While the majority of fine artists are men, their works are usually highly sought-after, and this can make them extremely expensive. Female artists, on the other hand, tend to be less well known, and will therefore attract less competition, while their works are still very attractive. It is possible to build a large collection of female artists’ works by buying from auction and private sales. More...

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Art Nouveau Pewter at Boningtons

One of the most popular design periods, in my opinion, has to be the Art Nouveau period (circa 1900-1925). The designs are typically organic depicting flowers with sinuous whiplash lines and young maidens with long flowing hair. One of the main retailers during this period was Liberty & Co who sold a range of pewter called Tudric, each piece having the design number to the base, the lower numbers (on earlier pieces) being the more desirable. The most famous and collected designer of the Tudric range was Archibald Knox (1864-1933). Knox was born in Cronkbourne, on the Isle of Man, and when he passed away was buried in Braddon Cemetery on the island where you can see his tombstone bearing one of his designs. More...

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Museums in Essex

The history of Essex is an important part of the history of England, and this is reflected in the many museums which are available throughout the county. The museums are also very different, so if there is a particular period of history that someone is interested in, they can find a museum in Essex to suit them. The larger museums in Essex include Colchester Castle, which has the largest Norman keep still standing in Europe, but which has an earlier history as the Roman temple of Claudius. The archaeological records reveal more than 2,000 years of history from the Castle and surrounding areas. Hollytrees Museum will also be of historical interest to visitors. The building, constructed in 1718, has been a museum since the 1920s. Being so close to Colchester Castle, it is easy to combine the two for an excellent day out. More...

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Essex and its ties with UK history

Closely connected to the English capital, the history of Essex has been one of strife and glory, from the early Saxon kingdom to the post-war years. The story of this county is closely tied in with the history of the United Kingdom. The history of Essex starts with the end of the Roman Empire. There were two main centres of Roman activity in Essex, known as Camulodunum, and Londinium. These fortified towns became the basis of the Saxon kingdom. Essex is closely connected to the original Night of the Long Knives, where Britons were supposedly killed by the Saxons, the lands of Essex being ceded by the British shortly afterwards. More...

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Upcoming Country House Sale

Our upcoming Country House Sale is bound to see a wide array of paintings, works of art, clocks, furniture and chinese ceramics. We are excited to see what will be offered up for auction and are accepting entries right up until the 6th June. Alongside our impeccable reputation in dealing with this kind of auction we offer free valuations and will be more than happy to offer advice and answer any of your questions. We will even arrange collection of house contents to ensure a seamless service for you. We not only have many people attend our auctions at our Essex venue, but we also hold an International online auction with live internet bidding too. So if you want to make sure that you get the best price possible in a global art and antiques market, then we are the auction house for you. We have an international reputation and are one of the UK''s best provincial salerooms. More...

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How To Buy Fine Art At Auction Houses

So you have are decorating your home and feel that some fine art will add a lot of character to your home, and consequently you decide to visit an auction house in order to buy it. However, if you aren’t familiar with auctions then you might struggle to buy something that you can be happy with at a price that is reasonable. Inspect The Damage Prior to the beginning of an auction people have the opportunity to inspect the items they will be bidding on up closely. You should take this opportunity to see what damage has been done to the fine art that you want to bid on. A painting might look without faults from a distance, but up close you might notice that there are cracks on the frame. An auction house that is of good quality will have professionals nearby that can help you understand the extent of any damage that has been done to any of the fine art, and what costs you will incur if you wanted to get it repaired. More...

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How To Bid At Auctions To Get What You Want

Are you struggling at auctions, because it seems as if whatever you set your sights on someone always outbids you? Then you need to come up with a strategy you improve your bidding method so that you get what you want at auction within a budget more often. Absentee Bids Some bidding services allow you to leave an absentee bid which is basically a single bid that you place whilst you aren’t even there. The bid will reflect the highest amount you are prepared to pay and can be place by telephone or via the internet if the auction house supports that feature. This method allows you leave bids at many different auction houses from the comfort of your own home, and that in turn means you have a higher chance of getting a successful bid simply because you have the ability to bid on more items. More...

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Bidding At Fine Art and Antiques Auctions

Auctions are generally vibrant and exciting places to visit and often packed with antiques and pieces of great interest and value but many people feel a little too intimidated to actually start bidding at a fine art or antiques auction. The best thing to do to get around this is to visit a few fine art and antiques auctions without intending to bid on anything at all, which can be quite difficult if you fall in love with something but don’t worry, there’s always something to fall in love with at a fine art and antiques auction. Visiting an auction as a spectator will give you the chance to understand about the procedures and learn exactly how to bid. More...

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Tips to Winning the Bid at Fine Art and Antiques Auctions

Without getting carried away..... There's nothing quite like the buzz of an auction, it really doesn't matter whether it's a property auction, a car auction or a fine art and antiques auction . . . you'll feel the buzz as soon as you walk in which will heighten when the auction leaps into action. There are a few traps which inexperienced bidders can easily fall into which can end up with them buying things which aren't quite what they same for a lot more money than they anticipated. Here are a few tips about how you can become auction savvy and start a collection of fine art or antiques at one of the many auctions across the country. Do a little homework and be prepared. Many fine art and antiques auctions will supply advance catalogues and online listings. Investigate every item you are interested in as much as possible before the day of the auction looms. More...

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