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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Newsletter 12th June 2014

We are now open for viewing for our forthcoming specialist Toy Sale on Monday 16th June. Boningtons` bi-annual toy auctions are always eagerly anticipated and attract collectors from far and wide to view and bid on a vast array of Diecast, Trains, Dolls, Teddy Bears, Lead, Plastic, Militaria, Tinplate, Constructional & Railway toys, Comics & Annuals. As usual Monday`s sale includes a fine selection of lots by notable manufacturers such as Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Triang, Hornby and Steiff. The auction looks set to get off to a flying start with a large collection of Corgi aircraft, including Limited Edition examples such as Lot 65, a boxed WW2 Attack by Night DH Mosquito (£60-80). Also of aeronautical interest later in the sale are two 1940s boxed Dinky gift sets (Lots 272, £600-800 & 273, £800-1200). Another notable collection up for grabs comes in the form of several bisque headed dolls (Lots 217-221), the highlight of which is a circa 1905 Jumeau ex... [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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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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