Newsletter 29th May 2014

We are now open for viewing for our Interiors sale on Monday 2nd June. The sale includes a diverse range of almost 500 lots of jewellery, clocks & watches, coins, silver, pictures, books, furniture, militaria, ceramics & much more! There are some stunning rings on offer within the jewellery section such as Lot 42, An 18ct white gold 13-stone diamond dress ring (£400-600) and Lot 78, An 18ct diamond set dress ring with yellow pendaluque diamond to centre (£700-1000). There is also a particularly strong selection of horological lots with wristwatches, pocket watches & clocks all well represented by manufacturers such as Omega, Longines & Asprey. A collection of works by some notable modern British artists provides the highlights of the picture section with originals & prints on view by names such as Eric Gill, John Bellany, Peter Howson and, the standout example, Tracey Emin`s `HRH Royal Britannia` - a hand signed limited edition etching to commemorate t... [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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Newsletter 1st May 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming Interiors auction on Tuesday 6th May. There are over 400 lots on offer including a strong selection of jewellery, silver, clocks & watches, pictures, furniture, ceramics & works of art. A fine Georgian silver teapot by William Bateman (Lot 72, £400-600) is the standout example of the silver section which also includes a beautiful Art Nouveau HM silver three-piece tea set (Lot 91, £300-400) & a large HM silver salver (Lot 92, £300-500). Other notable individual highlights include a bronze of a chimpanzee after Hugo Wolfgang Rheinhold (Lot 129, £150-250) & a 19th century simulated rosewood music box (Lot 312, £300-500). The usual strong selection of pictures is further boosted by the inclusion of a collection of exquisite original early to mid 20th century Indian travel posters (Lots 136-146). The colourful lithographic examples have been designed by some notable artists including Austin C... [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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Newsletter 3rd April 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming auction on Monday 7th April. Following last week`s fantastic 600+ lot Military, Coin & Stamp auction, we now have an equally substantial offering of items in next week`s Interiors sale. The auction will commence with an excellent selection of jewellery including an 18ct and platinum Deco style diamond solitaire ring (Lot 7, £500-800) & some quality pens (such as Lot 1, a boxed Montegrappa "Kazan" fountain pen with an 18ct gold nib, £500-800). Also on offer are a strong range of watches including a ladies 1970s Omega 9ct watch with back winding mechanism (Lot 89, £400-600) and a Cartier Panther dress watch (Lot 93, £500-800). There are some fine pictures of sale with 90 lots of modern & traditional works by some very well listed artists, a notable highlight being Charles Leslie`s `Moonlight Over the Loch` (Lot 218, £300-500, pictured top). The pictures are proceeded by a good range of furniture ... [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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Newsletter 20th March 2014

Weare now open for viewing for our specialist auction of Military, Medals, Coins& Stamps on Monday 24th March. With well over 600 lots on offer, the sale looks set to follow in the footsteps of our hugely successful inaugural Military & Coin sale of September last year. The auction will commence with a fantastic selection of coins including some significant hammered examples such as a Queen Anne Guinea & George II Two Guinea Coin (Lots 146 & 147, £1000-1500), as well as numerous sovereigns and proof coins. Stamps are subsequently well represented by several significant individual collections comprising of GB & world examples such as Lot 179 (a complete collection of German stamps, £2000-3000) and Lot 200 (Two KA BE albums of Mint US stamps, £500-800). An extensive selection of military lots then follows including a diverse range of badges & medals, weaponry, clothing, ephemera, books & pictures. A highlight of the medals section is a f... [More]

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Newsletter 17th March 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming auction which will take place on Tuesday 22nd April. The auction will commence at 10.30am with one of our regular Interiors sales which will be followed by a fine selection of antiquarian books from Lot 326. There are some excellent titles on offer in the Book Sale with works ranging from the 17th to 20th century. Highlights include two volumes of an account of Lord Macartney`s Embassy to China, published in 1797 (Lot 335, £200-400) as well as further unusual 18th works on subjects ranging from Fireworks (Lot 359) to Clock making (Lot 366). There is also a strong selection of more recent titles such as a number of James Bond & Beatrix Potter first editions. The rest of the auction comprises of the usual extensive range of lots. Jewellery, silver, pictures, furniture & ceramics are particularly abundant. A striking Aldo Tura cabinet (Lot 189, £200-400) has already got people talking during viewing, and if that is no... [More]

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Newsletter 6th March 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming Interiors sale on Monday 10th March. There are over 500 Lots on offer with a truly exceptional selection of jewellery, clocks & watches, silver, pictures, furniture, ceramics and much more up for grabs. Highlights include a 1930s cocktail watch inlaid with baguette cut diamonds (Lot 92, Est. £400-600), a Moorcroft leaf & berry pattern vase (Lot 505, Est. £300-500), a William IV rosewood loo table (Lot 351, Est. 300-500), a pair of Arts & Crafts HM silver candlesticks by John Dixon & Sons (Lot 157, Est. £300-500) as well as around 100 pictures by some well listed artists. The sale looks sure to follow in the footsteps of last week`s tremendously successful auction of Fine Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art which saw drew bidders from around the world, resulting in some stunning prices. Pictures were again in abundance with an eclectic mix of traditional and modern paintings, watercolours, drawing &... [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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