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VOL 57 NO 1 MAY 2022

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QUEEN ELIZABETH BANKNOTES A GEORGE III BOOKCASE BEST PUZZLES

Roman Holiday Why the Grand Tour is back in fashion

Statues of Liberty Two designers behind the iconic London store’s garden ware

MAY 2022

UKRAINIAN SPOTLIGHT

We celebrate the country’s unsung artistic heritage

Inside: WHEN TIME REALLY

IS MONEY THE BOOM IN COIN WATCHES SAY ‘BONJOUR’ UNDERVALUED FRENCH

REGIONAL JEWELLERY

ART DECO SCULPTORS7

Every collector really should know about

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Hidden Asian treasures Discover the Chinese vase found in a UK kitchen cooking up a worldwide storm

ALSO INSIDE The weird world of error stamps • Latest sale results •Book offers

COVERAn 18th-century Chinese vase with the six-character mark of the Qianlong period (1736-1795) has an estimate of £100,000- £150,000 at Dreweatts’ sale on May 18

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REGULARS 3 Editor’s Welcome: Georgina Wroe introduces this month’s issue, which has a Ukrainian focus

6 Antique News: The world’s largest white diamond goes under the hammer and a Gainsborough portrait is saved for the nation

10 Your Letters: One subscriber solves a reader’s dilemma and there are memories of a cult film from the ‘80s

12 Around the Houses: The latest results from the UK salerooms include a Meissen chocolate cup and a rare ‘98’ Vespa

16 Waxing Lyrical: David Harvey opens up with a stunning George III bookcase secretaire found languishing in a nearby garage

18 An Auctioneer’s Lot: Charles Hanson reflects on some stellar sales of Asian art discovered in UK homes

24 Saleroom Spotlight: Behind the scenes at the upcoming sale of 500

banknotes all featuring a portrait of Queen Elizabeth

30 Puzzle Pages: Test your antiques know-how with that of our resident quiz master Pete Wright-Wade

32 Cool and Collectable: Stamps with errors are a quirky and profitable area of collecting, writes Paul Fraser

52 Book Offers: Save more than a third on the the latest titles from our sister publisher ACC Art Books

54 Top of the Lots: The football shirt worn by Diego Maradona in his “hand of God” goal goes under the hammer, along with a very special Chinese vase

57 Fair News We preview some of the best events taking place in the UK

in the month of May

58 Fairs Calendar: Keep up to date with all the latest bargain-filled affairs

THIS MONTH

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61 Auction calendar: Never miss another sale with our comprehensive saleroom guide

66 The Front Lines: Editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian magazine Ant yvar, Hanna Sherman, writes from Kyiv

FEATURES 20 Cream of the Crop: Discover the work of Ukrainian art deco sculptor Bruno Zach and his erotic figures

26 Partners in Thyme: The designer Archibald Knox and Mary Seton Watts were both responsible for some of Liberty & Co.’s best garden planters

36 French Fancies: Under-researched and undervalued, Mike Fieggen puts French regional jewellery in the collecting spotlight

40 Time is Money: Popular in the blingfilled ‘80s, coin watches are making a welcome return to UK salerooms

44 Behind the Lines: The life and career of the “Ukrainian Picasso”, the avant-garde artist Alexander Bogomazov is put into focus

48 Tour de Force: Ahead of a sale this summer, specialist Lisa Greaves reveals how the “milordi” of the Grand Tour influenced UK architecture, art and collecting

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