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Finding out if small is beautiful

Exceptional items star as Bonhams’ oak sales face the challenge of reduced space and lots

With space at a premium and fashions different, a move from the country to the city will often involve some downsizing.

For Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) oak sales, formerly the preserve of regional outposts, the move to Bond Street has meant smaller sales, higher average lot values and the sometimes painful filtering of consignments this entails.

The Oak Interior Sale on March 15 was the third held in London.

At 357 entries it was around half the size of those held in Chester and Oxford, but the premium-inclusive total of £692,513 from 225 sold lots (more with after-sales) underlined the inclusion of some exceptional items in the fields of vernacular furniture, metalwork and treen.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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