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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Romanian artist in rare UK visit

05 July 2021

Works by Grigorescu are seldom seen in British auctions but one emerged in West Sussex

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Opium pipe blows away estimate in auction of Finch collection

21 June 2021

A tobacco pipe which opened the series and an opium one which ended it – interspersed by a cigar stub – met keen demand at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

Cigar butt

How much for a cigar butt?

01 June 2021

The answer, last week, was £3500.

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Binding is auction gold

31 May 2021

Sold for £3000 as part of a four-day sale held by Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) of Wisborough Green was what was billed as a gold mounted rectangular book binding, probably European and 19th century but in the 18th century taste.

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West Sussex auction house holds first paintings preview in central London

12 May 2021

Bellmans will hold its first London preview when it exhibits highlights of its upcoming auction.

Ballet-style slippers

Queen Victoria's ballet-style slippers to be auctioned

08 May 2021

Slippers once owned by Queen Victoria will be offered at an auction in West Sussex later this month.

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Churchill puts his feet up, has a smoke and a drink

22 March 2021

British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill memorabilia in the form of slippers, brandy balloon and cigar box.

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Remedy to make a high medal price

22 March 2021

Major Henry Milligan of the Royal Army Medical Corps not only won a Military Cross for bravery in the First World War in 1917, but gained another one.

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Great novelty value at Bellmans

15 March 2021

The sale at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, on March 8-11 included an example of Alexander Crichton’s famous walrus silver and glass claret jug.

Churchill's evening slippers and glass

Churchill’s slippers, brandy glass and cigar box sell for five-figure sums each in two auctions

13 March 2021

The appeal of items once owned by Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) has grown in recent years.

Evening slippers and a brandy balloon

Winston Churchill’s evening slippers and brandy glass come to auction in Sussex

17 February 2021

Velvet evening slippers and a brandy glass once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) are coming to auction at Bellmans in Sussex.

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New faces and hires in the art and antiques market in the UK and overseas

27 January 2021

An update of moves and other developments from across the art and antiques industry including at Bellmans and Sworders.

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Auctioneer puts his own name above the door after more than three decades in the same Winchester saleroom

14 January 2021

Iain Rushbrook has worked at auction houses for 42 years in total and in the saleroom at The Red House on Hyde Street in Winchester for 35 of them.

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Soviets on the rise: Bolshevik propaganda plate bring demand at UK auctions

11 January 2021

When the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory following the October Revolution of 1917, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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Lyon & Turnbull, Elstob & Elstob and Bellmans – new faces and departments at regional auction houses

10 November 2020

The latest Movers & Shakers across UK salerooms including new departments and sales at Lyon & Turnbull and Elstob & Elstob.

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Champagne stars at Bellmans as magnums draw demand

09 November 2020

Strong pre-sale interest emerged for two magnums of champagne offered separately at the Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) Sussex Interiors including Asian Works of Art, Wines & Spirits auction in Wisborough Green on October 20.

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Eastern highlights

05 October 2020

This 19th century Indian knife with a shaped and carved horn handle comes in its original morocco case.

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Bidders give their royal approval at Bellmans' sale

14 September 2020

Provenance of the Duke of Gloucester adds extra appeal to single-owner collection

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Hooray for the hussars: Duke of Gloucester's regimental collection brings demand

14 September 2020

The collection of pictures formerly owned by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, offered at Bellmans included 42 lots relating to the 10th Royal Hussars.

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First auction appearance for work by missionary who opened up Chinese language

31 August 2020

Robert Morrison, a protestant missionary, pioneer sinologist and author of several works on the Chinese language as well as a translator, has been called the ‘Father of Anglo-Chinese Literature’.

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