The Delights of the Decorative Arts

The wonderful thing about the Decorative Arts Sale at Tennants is that it appeals to all generations - from children, who love the Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson beds with a little carved mouse to be found on every one, their parents who appreciate the simplicity and clean design of the studio pottery of Lucie Rie and Bernard Leach, and the older generations who were attracted to the Linthorpe Art Pottery. This was evident on Saturday when Tennants saleroom was packed to the doors with interested bidders for their first Decorative Arts & Modern Design sale of the year.

The highlights of the sale were:

Studio Pottery by David Burnham Smith

Arts & Crafts Furniture Now Very Sought After

Linthorpe Art Pottery

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Vintage Superbikes at Bonhams 2008 Stafford Sale

Vintage Superbikes at Bonhams' 2008 Stafford Sale

Bonhams is delighted to announce the early consignment to its first major collectors' motorcycle sale of 2008 of two of the Vintage era's most highly regarded and sought after 'superbikes' - “Brough Superior SS100 and Coventry-Eagle Flying-8“ to be sold at The Classic MotorCycle Show, Stafford on 27th April 2008.

1934 Brough Superior 8/75hp 'Two-of-Everything'

Legendary superbike of motorcycling's between-the-wars 'Golden Age', Brough Superior - 'The Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles' - was synonymous with high performance, engineering excellence and quality of finish. Always the perfectionist, Brough bought only the best available components for his bikes, reasoning that if the product was right, a lofty price tag would be no handicap. And in the 'Roaring Twenties' there were sufficient wealthy connoisseurs around to prove him right. One such was T E Lawrence - 'Lawrence of Arabia' - who owned several Broughs and was killed riding an SS100.
Estimate £120,000 - £140,000
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Vintage Superbikes for sale.

Bonhams to Hold First Car Sale in France at Retromobile

Bonhams France SAS will hold its inaugural motoring sale in Paris on Saturday 9 February 2008 at Rétromobile, the oldest established and most prestigious major classic car show in Europe which takes place from 8 - 17 February 2008 at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles.

Rétromobile has been running for 33 years and welcomes over 100,000 visitors from around the world. The entire collectors’ motoring world decamps to Paris for the duration of the show.

James Knight, Bonhams' International Head of Motoring, comments: "We are delighted to announce a sale at Rétromobile as it is Europe’s premier event of its kind. Bonhams prides itself on offering the most sought after venues on the auction calendar to the motorcar collectors’ market and Rétromobile is a welcome addition to our worldwide portfolio. It enhances our presence in continental Europe, alongside our traditional sales in Monaco and Gstaad. My European colleagues Matthieu Lamoure and Philip Kantor - who has co-ordinated all previous sales at Rétromobile since 2002 - anticipate a memorable debut sale."[...]

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