From a young queen’s scissors to ancient toys for cinephiles

9th December, 2018
A 19th-century giltwood serpentine-fronted console table

In search of the perfect gift for an individualist? Expect keen bidding at Adam’s next Sunday for one that proves the ancient adage - there is nothing new under the sun.

Browsing in a Paris flea market in the 1970s, the Italian jeweller Hedy Martinelli came across 13th-century soldier’s armour. Its mesh of interwoven metal rings proved inspiration for a range of highly unusual pieces that 50 years on still define avant garde....

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