The French Queen's pearl pendant was part of a collection of 100 lots of royal jewellery from the Bourbon-Parma family. Ten of the lots previously belonged to Marie Antoinette. Estimated at SFr1m-2m, it eventually sold for SFr36.4m or £27.8 million including buyer's pr...

Champlevé enamel has been produces in Limoges from the 12th century and was revived in the 19th century. 

Chorley's sold the copper enamel tazza at their Prinknash Abbey salerooms on September 18th for £8,500. Although it was catalogued as being 'Renaissance style', it...

A bust, signed A Rodin and Gruet Aine Fondeur Paris, has been discovered by Black Rock Galleries of Connecticut. The piece was discovered when the auctioneers were clearing items from a deceased estate. 

The bust is one of two, with the other being in the...

The Art Loss Register has been succesful in returning an Etruscan bronze stolen from the Archaeological Museum in Siena along with other items in 1988.

The bronze was offered for sale unwittingly by a UK auction house. The consignor then renounced his title. It was then...

This watercolour bearing the signature of John Sell Cotman sold for £20,000 at Nottingham auction house Mellors and Kirk. Despite the signature, the auctioneer Nigel Kirk decided that he could not give the painting the full attribution to the artist and instead opted t...

Derbyshire auctioneer Hanson's sells Aristotle’s Master-piece Completed in Two Parts, First published in 1684, the book contains several graphic passages on bestiality and witchcraft.

Estimated at £80-120, the book eventually sold for £3,100. Jim Spencer, head of the bo...


A teapot attributed to the American John Bartlam factory has exceeded all estimates, selling for £460,000. The maker, based in Cain Hoy, South Carolina, circa 1760’s, is thought to be the first American factory to produce porcelain.

 

The teapot was published with an
est...

Sotheby's has bought technology startup Thread Genius. The company has built an algorithm that can recognise images and then recommend similar images. This is a bold move for Sotheby's who are no strangers to the tech world, having previously worked with eBay and being...

A large fragment of the flag from the HMS Victory was sold at Sotheby's for £297,000, sparking interest and competition from four bidders.

 Image: Sotheby's

The exceptionally large fragment of the flag was flown by order of Lord Horatio Nelson. It was raised on the day o...

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