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On 13th January the law changed so business’ must charge the same to buyers via any payment method. This means that surcharges for debit and credit cards can no longer be taken – whether you are a shop, a hairdresser, a small online retailer, or Amazon! The problem is business’ still have to pay the banks a fee, and they can’t charge the customer for the privilege of using a card. So - if you go into your local shop without money and pay for a can of coke at 90p, the shopkeeper can no longer charge you 30p, despite being charged it by the banks.
Kerry Taylor Auctions first sale of 2018 is a bumper one with over 500 lots of antique costume, vintage fashion, accessories, textiles and lace. The sale includes highly wearable and luxury brands including Hermès, Chanel, McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Louboutin and others.
Following on the great success of the last auction, they are also pleased to include Part II of the fabulously glamorous and superbly tailored Jean-Louis Scherrer archive (lots 104-139).
They have a strong vintage section with the 1920s-50s well represented. Our antique dress dates from the 18th century, including a beautiful French blue and white striped open-robe, a silk stomacher and others.
Chorley’s forthcoming sale, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March, offers an important private collection of Republican-era porcelain. The highlight will be a set of four rectangular porcelain plaques by Bi Botao (1885-1961) representing the four seasons. Bi Botao was a member of the well-known group ‘The Eight Friends of Zhushan’. The group comprised the best porcelain artists of the period and revitalised the Chinese porcelain industry after the political unrest in 19th Century China and the subsequent fall of the Qing dynasty. The plaques, which are delicately painted with frogs, a spider, turtles and a snake respectively, ask £18,000-22,000 and were acquired from Peter Wain’s ‘Millenium List’ 1999.
After a successful first themed auction of this kind, Summers Place Auctions will hold the second ‘Conversation Pieces’ auction on 20th and 21st March in Billingshurst, Sussex, and it promises to include even more unusual and top-quality pieces than before.
Ewbank's also saw a record- breaking year for jewellery sales, finishing with the surprising contents found within a rather unpromising-looking metal box. The box revealed a collectionof jewellery from the Georgian and Regency periods. It had not been opened since the late 60s, and the contents had not been worn by the vendor’s mother. However his grandmother and earlier ancestors had worn the beautiful pieces.
Ewbank’s Surrey’s leading auction house, held many unusual and one-off sales throughout 2017, from epic single-owner collections of a particular type of collectable, to an entire house filled with intriguing curios and antiques.
One of the first of the special sales of the year, followed an instruction from the family of well-known local potter and artist, Mary Wondrausch, who passed away in 2016, to sell most of the contents of her studio and home, in Compton, near Guildford.
When John and Patricia McKenzie began collecting vesta cases in the 1960s, they could not have anticipated that they would eventually acquire over 2500 of the desirable little match holders. After half a century of keen buying (and having sold the first half of the collection last January at Lawrences), the second half of the collection went under the hammer at Lawrences in Crewkerne recently and met with keen enthusiasm from a new generation of devotees.
A rare John Bartlam teapot has been discovered by Ceramics and Glass specialist Clare Durham at Woolley and Wallis. A fascinating find, it is only the seventh piece of Bartlam porcelain to have been unearthed, with the other six now residing in the US, spread between private collections and museums.