Bellmans

Bellmans is an auction house operating from salerooms in Winchester, Hampshire and Wisborough Green, West Sussex. Managing director Jonathan Pratt holds valuation events in both the local areas as well as from an office in central London.

Bellmans hold regular antiques and interiors auctions offering items including silver, jewellery, Oriental works of art, furniture and garden statuary.


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Management team replaces Pratt at Bellmans

10 September 2018

West Sussex auction house Bellmans has reshuffled its top team following the departure of managing director Jonathan Pratt, who left to join Dreweatts last month.

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Devil’s hour in West Sussex

10 September 2018

One of the more unusual clocks on offer this summer was the late 19th century French ‘devil band’ mantel clock that attracted international bidding at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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CS Lewis view on Shakespeare

20 August 2018

In 1942, the annual ‘Shakespeare Lecture’ at the British Academy was delivered by CS Lewis and called 'Hamlet: the Prince or the Poem?'

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Fairies emerge at auction out of dealer’s estate

13 August 2018

A sale of books, maps and ephemera at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) included more than £17,000 worth of 19th and 20th century watercolours and drawings from the stock of a dealer.

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Movers and Shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments

06 August 2018

Our latest look at new roles in the art and antiques trade.

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Walk this way for single owner collections of canes at auction

01 August 2018

Walking stick collectors have been in luck, with not one but two single owner collections up for grabs at auction this summer.

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Jonathan Pratt takes MD role at Dreweatts

23 July 2018

Jonathan Pratt, among the best-known faces of the UK regional auction scene, is to leave Bellmans to become managing director of Dreweatts 1759.

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Single-owner Mod Brits head into Winchester saleroom

16 July 2018

More than £35,000 worth of Modern British art from a single-owner collection sold at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Winchester on June 27-28.

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Pick of the Week: Clock for Chinese market chimes with collecting tastes

28 May 2018

The emperor Qianlong collected Western clocks throughout his 60-year reign, building upon the interest of his grandfather Kangxi.

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Scrapbook conjures Austen atmosphere

05 March 2018

Running to some 300pp and described by the auctioneers as “a most enchanting album, redolent of Jane Austen and her world”, a scrapbook compilation of paper cut-outs, views and figural studies, sold for £1550 in a general sale held in Sussex.

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Persian tiles catch the eyes

19 February 2018

Outsold, predictably enough, by an 18th-19th century Chinese vase, two late 19th century Persian moulded pottery tiles were the eye-catchers among a buoyant Asian works of art section at Billingshurst auction house Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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John Napier’s doctrinal bone of contention

25 September 2017

Alice, Tennyson and Port of London plans all played their part in the success of a September 5 sale held by Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium), but the prize lot was something of much greater antiquity.

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Pick of the Week: Devil is in the detail for Tasmanian table

18 September 2017

Shortly after the catalogue for Bellmans’ recent sale in Wisborough Green, Sussex had gone to press, a printed paper label was noticed to the underside of this burr-veneered occasional table. It read 'L Pearson, Cabinet Maker & Upholsterer, 3 Elizabeth Street, Hobart Town'.

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Cottrell collection avoids market wobbles

07 August 2017

More than 400 copper, tin and ceramic moulds, collected by the late antiques dealer Andrew Cottrell, were dispersed by timed auction at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Winchester on July 12.

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Mr Copper and Wibbly-Wobbly

03 July 2017

Like many who deal in antiques, the late dealer Andrew Cottrell zeroed in on his chosen niche with an all-consuming passion, accumulating vast knowledge (and stock) in the process.

Jelly moulds

Jelly mould collection wobbles its way to Winchester auctioneer

21 June 2017

An eccentric and unique lifetime collection of more than 400 copper, tin and ceramic moulds feature in a special summer auction in Hampshire

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Sussex buyer follows the plough

05 June 2017

A painting by equine artist Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958) sold for four times its top guide at Bellmans (20% buyer’s premium).

Wallis Simpson wedding

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson wedding photos double estimate at auction at Bellmans

02 December 2016

Rarely seen photographs of the wedding that caused a constitutional crisis and rocked the British monarchy have been sold at £9200.

Bellmans new saleroom in Winchester

Bellmans expand auction business to Winchester

12 September 2016

West Sussex auction house Bellmans have expanded over the border to Hampshire and will hold their first sale in their new home tomorrow.

Tibetan statue Bellmans auctions

From £25 to £15,500 – the boot fair bronze

11 March 2016

A 16th century Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of the Buddhist deity Green Tara sold to an international bidder for £15,500 at Bellmans in Wisborough Green – a coup for the vendor who had paid just £25 for it at a car boot fair.

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