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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Elizabethan beaker is rare survivor of war meltdown

11 March 2019

Silver across five centuries caught the eye at provincial sales in February.

Guanyin

Chinese goddess figure by celebrated Ming potter smashes estimate at West Sussex auction

06 March 2019

A Dehua blanc de chine figure of Guanyin sold for a surprise £39,000 – some 130 times the top estimate - at Bellmans in Wisborough Green, West Sussex last month.

Hobbit

Auction houses launch new sales categories across the regions

27 February 2019

Bloomsbury, Bellmans and McTear’s among firms with new sales scheduled.

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £1700 in regional auctions including a Francis Cyril Rose self-portrait

25 February 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1700, including a a Francis Cyril Rose self-portrait.

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Interior designer’s taste fuels white-glove auction

25 February 2019

A very different residence to Harold Ward’s Manthorpe House (see Mellors & Kirk story in Auction Reports this edition) supplied the very different contents to the 600-lot single-owner collection, white-glove sale held at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) Billingshurst saleroom on February 9.

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Seven fabulous fans going under the hammer this month

11 February 2019

With many fans going under the hammer in the coming weeks it is an ideal time to get more familiar with this market where examples can range in price from a few pounds to the high five figures.

Cabinet

Five lots to watch at auction this week including an Art Nouveau cabinet and a novelty silver pencil by Tiffany

21 January 2019

With estimates from £250 to £12,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Three early pieces of pottery and glass at auction

07 January 2019

Serendipity had it that three early pieces of European pottery and glass – two of them dated – were offered for sale across a trio of English regional auctions in a matter of days in December.

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Twentieth century design in the regions led by Beuer chaise longue

07 January 2019

While five-figure sums for top-end 20th century design furniture are familiar in the international centres of New York, Paris and London, fewer pieces appear in the UK regional market.

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Furniture: bright signs for the best

21 December 2018

While the market shows increasingly discerning tastes, quality definitely counts at auction.

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Lucio Fontana bronze is a force of nature

26 November 2018

This limited-edition bronze, below, by Italian artist Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) made £24,000 at West Sussex saleroom Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Six auctions to watch this week (November 19-25, 2018) with lots including a Medieval manuscript and a large Delftware collection

19 November 2018

From manuscripts and Delftware to cabinets and combs, here are six previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Portrait subject spurs bidder to a high price

08 October 2018

Standing proud in full riding wear, this early 20th century portrait of a female rider and her two terriers, below, struck a chord with bidders in Sussex.

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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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