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VOL 57 NO 9 MARCH 2022

MEET THE COLUMNISTS: LENNOX CATO MARC ALLUM CHARLES HANSON

MARCH 2022

GOING FOR A SONG

The world’s best porcelain

Discover why now is the time to buy Nantgarw pottery

Christina Trevanion Celebrates the joy of the medieval misericord

Victorian Women 7

Whose collections inspired generations

RECORD BREAKER ARTS & CRAFTS

The Cotswold School furniture maker Ernest

Barnsley hits a new auction high

ALSO INSIDE Pearls are back in fashion • Watch special • Pembroke tables in focus

COVERThe Minoprio Collection, which included Ernest Barnsley’s record-breaking piece, see the story on page 12. Image by Alex Robson, Lyon & Turnbull

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REGULARS 3 Editor’s Welcome: Georgina Wroe introduces the March magazine with a focus on International Women’s Day and St David’s Day

6 Antique News: Five Monets go on sale, a metal detectorist unearths a record-breaking coin and there’s a spate of letterbox thefts

10 Lots of Love: Christina Trevanion praises the medieval misericord

12 Around the Houses: Jewellery is flying out of the UK’s salerooms, while the arts and crafts furniture maker

Ernest Barnsley sets an auction record

16 Waxing Lyrical: David Harvey is in a flap over a stunning Pembroke table

23 Your Letters: A nit comb gets one reader out of a scrape

28 Profile: Behind the scenes with

Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam, head of

Christie’s Islamic and Indian Art department

29 An Auctioneer’s Lot: Charles

Hanson reveals how George Formby’s kimono appeared in his saleroom

30 Saleroom Spotlight: A preview of a single owner collection of

Russian decorative arts going under the hammer this month

41 Gem of the Month: Cool blue aquamarine dazzles in March

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THIS MONTH

42 Without Reserve: The nest of tables is as useful and elegant today as it ever was, writes Lennox Cato

48 Puzzle Pages: Fire up the little grey cells with this month’s quiz and head-scratching crossword

54 Book Offers: Discover the latest exclusive deals from our sister publisher ACC Art Books

56 Top of the Lots: Possessions once owned by the Hollywood actor and swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks Snr go under the hammer in Essex

58 Fairs Calendar: Keep up to date with the latest listings

60 Auction calendar: Never miss another sale with our regional guide

66 Marc My Words: Antiques Roadshow’s Marc Allum turns rock god when he appraises a rare guitar

FEATURES 18 Meiji Day: Duncan Phillips considers why the Meiji period in Japan may have given rise to the best decorative arts man has ever produced

24 Poster Boy: The talents of the unsung graphic designer A. E. Hailliwell are put in the spotlight ahead of a sale of his work next month in Kent

34 Mighty Oak: On its 50th-anniversary

Sarah Fergusson puts Audemars

Piguet’s iconic watch the Royal Oak in the spotlight

38 Pearl Power: Once out-of-fashion pearls are making headlines in and out of the saleroom. We report on what the boom means for collectors

44 Welsh Rare Bits: Porcelain by the

Welsh manufactory Nantgarw is among the best ever produced but currently undervalued, Ben Rogers

Jones reports on how to start a collection

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50 Against the Odds: Meet seven intrepid Victorian women whose collections kickstarted some of the best UK museums

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