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Nice little earners for salerooms

Small can indeed be beautiful as a series of card and vesta case lots up at auction demonstrate

PORTABLE, pretty and precious, card and vesta cases and the other good things that come in little boxes are almost guaranteed to attract buyers – a point underlined when two collections were near sell-out sales to start the year.

At Lawrences (19.5% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on January 17, the first 497-lot tranche of a collection of vesta cases totalled £86,000. At Bellmans (20% buyers premium) of Wisborough Green on January 12, 42 lots from a collection of castle-top card cases, vertu and vinaigrettes brought over £36,500.

Both sales showed the breadth and depth of the smallwork market, which reached new heights when 48 castle-top card cases were among the first tranche of the Holder collection at Woolley & Wallis (22% premium) last October (see ATG No 2268).

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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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