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Silver Novelty Items

While grand and elaborate pieces of silver became an essential part of 18th and 19th century dining culture, at the same time, smaller silver novelty items began to emerge as the Victorians acquired a taste for humorous or whimsical pieces.

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Silver Hallmarks Guide

When buying silver at auction it’s important to look for an item’s hallmarks. These silver hallmarks indicate the purity of the precious metal and often identify the date and location where the item was originally stamped or 'assayed'.


Treat yourself to… the Arts and Crafts look at home this winter

Decorative art designs from the Arts and Crafts movement from the mid-19th to the early-20th century are still extremely popular with collectors, decorators and interior design enthusiasts.

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Murano vases

Vases and glassware to bring a splash of colour

These modern designs will brighten up any home this winter.

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Lalique Flacon collection perfume

Treat yourself to… Lalique glass this Christmas

Lalique is a longstanding brand which is renowned the world over for the style and quality of its glass.

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The shock of the old: the avant garde designs of a century or more ago

The umbrella term Decorative Arts is commonly used in the antiques trade to describe the plethora of objects made during the avant garde art movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Christmas gift guide: speciality presents and gifts from auction

Looking to find an unusual gift for loved ones this year? Look no further than auctions for that special, one-off item. From watches to wine, prints to handbags, here is a selection of ideas for what gifts to bid for and win at auction this season.

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Silver linings for Christmas 2020

Forget the high street or ‘not-on-the-high street’ – for those looking for an original gift a carefully-chosen antique will never disappoint.

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George II sterling silver salver

The differences between silver and silver plate

Silver and silver plate may look similar but there are important differences between them which greatly affect their values at auction.


A tale of two sales at Tajan

Next week, French auction house Tajan has a pair of sales to attract bidders, one focusing on Orientalism and the other on 20th century decorative art and design.

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