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Olympic journey The London auction collective 25 Blythe Road has relaunched as Olympia Auctions. Thomas Del Mar, the antique arms specialist, founded the saleroom in 2007, which was later joined by Matthew Barton, who specialises in European and Asian works of art.
Olympia Auctions in numbers As 25 Blythe Road, the auction house sold more than 25,000
lots in a decade. Its 20 specialists have a combined experience in excess of 600 years.
The new venture will welcome a number of specialist consultants, including John Culme, Ian Eaves and 20th-century art expert Harry Moore-Gwyn.
Asian art expertise will be available from Chinese and Japanese art specialist Seonaid Maclean-Bristol, as well as Sachiko Hori from Sachiko Hori Fine Art.
While the West Kensington address remains the same, the website can be found at www.OlympiaAuctions.com
Coin it in A Derbyshire auctioneer is calling on the owners of antique bureaus to look for forgotten treasure hidden in the furniture’s “secret” drawers.
Edward Rycroft, from the Etwall-based Hansons, is making the plea after he came across a French 14th-century gold coin in a recessed drawer.
While the bureau made £260 at a recent sale, the coin – a Raymond IV Prince of Orange Franc a Pied token dated to 1365 – could make up to £3,000.
Mr Rycroft said: “I’m delighted for the family who consigned the bureau. The coin could be worth a small fortune. I knew straight away it was gold and really special. If you’ve got an old bureau at home do check for secret drawers – you never know, you may be sitting on a windfall too.”
Top Edward Rycroft with the coin and the tiny drawer where it was hidden
Above Bureaus have secret drawers known as coin drawers
Above The artist and design expert Mark Hill
Evil genius A street artist known as Pure Evil is co-curating a sale with the Maidenhead auction house Dawson’s Auctioneers’ 20th-century design specialist Mark Hill.
The artist, whose real name is Charles UzzellEdwards, has selected pieces including sculptures by Kenneth Armitage, an early woodcut by Tracey Emin and a collection of post-war glass for the sale in Hoxton on April 7.
It will also feature mid-century furniture including a unique desk by Fred Baier, as well as a selection of street art by Pure Evil and friends.
Mark Hill, who is well known as a specialist on Antiques Roadshow, said: “In this business we all have to think of innovative ways to appeal to existing buyers, as well as introduce new buyers.”
5 minutes with Joseph Trinder who has joined Shrewsbury-based auctioneers Halls as a general valuer
Do you collect anything? Yes, anything and everything! Over the years I’ve tried to become a disciplined collector, by focusing on favourite names and designers, such as W.A.S. Benson or Dr Christopher Dresser. But impatience has always left me collecting pieces with amazing back stories, decorative appeal or historically interesting pieces, ranging from WWI letters to a homemade trivet.
Are there any undervalued areas of the market? I have to say furniture. Never have so many superb-quality, unique and beautiful pieces been so cheap on the open market. My generation covets the unusual one-off, eco-friendly or thoughtprovoking object with a back story. As this generation starts to furnish its homes we are seeing an uptake in sales. It’s tentative, but it’s definitely happening.
What has been your best find? My best discovery was a collection of gold coins found in a routine house visit in Windsor. Heading upstairs in an unassuming house, I was beyond shocked to discover hundreds of hammered silver and gold coins from the reigns of Henry VIII to Elizabeth II. shimmering away. The collection went on to sell for well over £250,000.
With the boom in online, where do you see bricks-andmortar salerooms in 10 years’ time? Auctioneers which innovate to meet the needs of an online audience will flourish and swallow up firms that fail to adapt. The former will use their longearned reputations, market position and technological innovations to outperform those that are slow to react.
Halls next auction is on April 6, for more details visit www.hallsgb.com
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