CHORLEY’S AUCTIONS of Gloucester are the latest saleroom to take a five-figure sum for the work of the ceramicist Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995).
You’d have to have been holidaying in Timbuktu or Greater Lochee to be unaware that the World Cup kicks off in Russia in the coming week. Alas, no Scotland – again.
“Show me another” is a well-trodden phrase in the antiques world when a spectacular or uncommonly rare item appears for sale. It’s a saying that adds value normally, but not in every case.
Charles Whitaker Auctions has not appeared in this column previously. They caught my eye by offering the private collection of costume and textiles formed by Helen Larson, who, with the help of the American Costume Museum, built a remarkable collection over five decades.
You may have read the news about the Jack the Ripper postcard which sold down south for £22,000. The card had been received by Ealing Police Station in 1888, written by someone claiming to be the Ripper. It was estimated to reach just £600-£900.
VISIT ANY high street and a Polish voice will seldom be far distant. With over 900,000 now living in the UK, Poles are Britain’s largest foreign-born community. Additionally, there are countless descendants of the over 200,000 Poles who settled here after the Second World War.
WE KNOW our High Streets are suffering. Retailers large and small are pulling down shutters and closing up. The service sector, however, often steps in to fill the gaps – particularly, it seems to me, fast-food outlets, hairdressers, nail bars and coffee shops.
UNLESS YOU count the Press & Journal staffer that accompanied me to the London Olympics, the only Aberdeen photographer known to me is the great George Washington Wilson – renowned, of course, for thousands of high-quality images of Victorian Scotland (now available online thanks to the University of Aberdeen).
THE LAST naturally occurring case of smallpox was diagnosed in 1977 and the World Health Organisation certified the global eradication of the disease in 1980.
STRAIGHT TO one of Britain’s premier provincial salerooms in the troubled town of Salisbury for one of the finest examples of Clarice Cliff seen at auction for many years.