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Head of a Bear by Leonardo da Vinci sets world record for drawing at Christies

Head of a Bear by Leonardo da Vinci sets world record for drawing at Christies

Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear, offered as the leading lot in the Exceptional Sale held this evening (8th July) at Christie’s London, realised £8,857,500 against a presale estimate of £8,000,000-12,000,000.  The  result sets a new world record for a drawing by the artist. The previous record for a drawing […]

Smurfs 40th ANNIVERSARY 1998 Smurf Band Playset by SCHLEICH

Smurfs 40th ANNIVERSARY Smurf Band Playset by SCHLEICH

The special Smurfs 40th ANNIVERSARY Smurf Band Playset by SCHLEICH was released in 1998 to celebrate the Ruby anniversary of the first appearance of the famous blue characters in 1958. The Smurfs were characters in a series entitled “Johan and Pirlouit”, drawn by their creator Peyo (The first figurines were […]

Board Game Reprints

Board Game Reprints

You may find that you have a copy of a board game that sounds familiar, but the game itself and the artwork may look dated and different from the versions you have seen more recently. From time to time even modern hobby board games get to the age where they […]

Charlotte Rhead Tiles information and price guide

Charlotte Rhead Tiles information and price guide

Charlotte Rhead is well known for her Art Deco and colourful designs and in this feature we take a look at Charlotte Rhead tiles. Charlotte Rhead created a great number of tike designs ranging from buildings, landscapes, sea scapes, animals,  and people especially women. Each tile was unique and tube-lined […]

Clarice Cliff Teddy Bear Bookends

Clarice Cliff Teddy Bear Bookends

Clarice Cliff is well known for her range of colourful pottery but she was also responsible for other items such as the Clarice Cliff Teddy Bear Bookends. The Teddy Bear bookends date from the 1930s and were sold in pairs and show a teddy bear sitting holding on to plinth […]

Beswick Alice in Wonderland Price Guide

Beswick Alice in Wonderland Price Guide

The original Beswick Alice in Wonderland series of figurines were released in 1973 and were produced until 1983. They were modelled by designer Graham Tongue (who had joined Beswick in 1996), Albert Hallam and David Lyttleton. The design of the Beswick Alice in Wonderland series of 11 figurines was influenced […]

Cluedo Detecting the Value of this Classic Game

Cluedo Detecting the Value of this Classic Game

In this highly digital age board games are taking more and more prevalence for spending interactive time with family and friends. From this we seem to be digging those family board games we still own from the seventies and eighties out of the cupboards, blowing off the dust and this […]

A Royal Winton Grimwades Chanticleer Three Piece Teaset

A look at Grimwades Royal Winton Chanticleer Series

The Grimwades Royal Winton Chanticleer  series first appeared at the British Industries Fair in February 1936. The range of realistically moulded cockerels and hen, in warm colours, were a popular addition to the breakfast table and was produced for many years. Grimwades described the range as ‘distinctive novelties’ on their […]

Bois Russell - Arthur Gredington 1938 Derby Winner

Arthur Gredington and Beswick

Arthur Gredington was one of the leading animal modellers of the 20th Century, not only for Beswick  but in the world of ceramics . He was responsible for the creation of nearly 400 models (well over 400 with pieces he collaborated on), some of which will probably be in your […]

Some of Colin Melbourne pieces for sale at Potteries Auctions

Collection of Colin Melbourne Beswick Pieces at Potteries Auctions

The Potteries Auctions May auction includes a good collection of Beswick pieces by designer Colin Melbourne. This great collection includes 12 pieces such as the Clown on Horse (small version Model No 1470), Seated Cat (black and cream Model No 1412), the Slinking Fox (black and brown colourways Model No […]