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VOL 54 NO 6 NOVEMBER 2019

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52 Fair Play: Behind the scenes at all this month’s events around the world, from Harrogate to New York

58 Fairs Calendar: Never miss a fair in November with our essential guide

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THE JEWELLERY OF ANDREW GRIMA TOP COLUMNISTS MARTIN WARE IN FOCUS

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The BOOM IN ASIAN ART Discover the £1 charity shop buy set to make £80,000

Soviet artists

Behind the scenes at an exhibition of Russian lithographs

COLLECTING SPECIAL

CHINESE EXPORT

SILVER

Why now is the time to buy

Plus:

IN THE PSYCHIATRIST’S CHAIR: INSIDE THE HEAD OF A COLLECTOR

THE SPOOKY WORLD OF HORROR PROPS ALL THE RAJ WESTERN PAINTINGS OF EARLY INDIA

CALL TO ARMS: WHEN TO SELL

MILITARIA

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ALSO INSIDE Railway ephemera • Asian Art in London • Previewing the best fairs

COVERA Qianlong famille rose vase, estimated at £50,000-£80,000 at Sworders’ Asian art sale on November 8

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REGULARS 3 Editor’s Hello: Georgina Wroe guides us through this month’s issue, which has Asian art as its theme

6 Antique News: Keep up to date with all the latest from the world of antiques and fine art, including three exhibitions to visit this month

10 Profile: Behind the scenes with Ewbank’s new Asian art expert and Japanese specialist James Hammond

12 Around the Houses: Catch up on the latest, most important and quirky sales, from Freddie Mercury’s maracas to a commemorative Midget MG

24 Your letters: In response to our request for the oddest collection, you share your passions

34 Why I Collect: Author Julian Holland lifts the lid on his exceptional collection of railway ephemera from the golden age of travel

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40 An Auctioneer’s Lot: Charles Hanson uncovers a WWI cigarette case with a magical tale to tell

42 Cool and Collectable: With Halloween in the air and the nights drawing in, what better time to start a collection of props from horror films? Paul Fraser reports

47 Top of the Lots: The latest treasures up for sale this month include several pieces of Asian art

62 Auction Calendar: Up-to-date listings from the UK’s salerooms

66 Marc My Words: Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum on why collectors need to keep a weather eye on anniversaries

FEATURES 16 Chinese Fan: Discover why Chinese export silver expert Adrien von Ferscht believes now is the time to start a collection of this fascinating ware

20 All the Raj: Rob Dean unveils a new exhibition on Western artists whose portraits of 19th-century India are a hit among today’s collectors

26 Call to Arms: On the eve of Remembrance Sunday, Mark Gilding considers the pros and cons of selling medals and militaria at auction

30 Life of Grima: Until recently jewellery by Andrew Grima was out of favour. Now, he and other designers from the 1960s are back in vogue, says Frances Noble

36 Red Stars: Lithographs from Soviet artists go on show at a new exhibition opening this month. Curator Marie Stokes on the work that moves her to tears

44 Mind Games: What drives collectors? Dr Shirley Mueller, the author of a new book on the subject, puts us all on the psychiatrist’s chair

50 Saleroom Spotlight: Two significant collections of Martin ware go under the hammer in Wiltshire this month

48 East Meets West: We preview some of the events taking place this month as part of Asian Art in London

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