Brightwells

Brightwells was established in 1846 and is an auction house, estate agents and chartered surveying company. Its fine art division has held auctions from its saleroom in Leominister in Herefordshire since 2004.

Brightwells Fine Art holds regular general sales as well as specialist sales including wine, books, militaria, silver, jewellery, toys and textiles.

Brightwells Classic Vehicles holds auctions of automobilia and classic cars.


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Gandolfi rediscovery sets house record in Leominster

02 April 2018

An oil on copper painting depicting Saint Joseph by the Bolognese artist Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802) was the highlight of Brightwells’ spring fine art sale in Leominster on March 21-22.

Why car collectors are increasingly young at heart

19 February 2018

The rise of the ‘young classics’ has helped the market become accessible to investors across all prices. Nigel Boothman talks to auctioneers and experts about accelerating trends for 2018. He also looks at the motorbikes and automobilia markets.

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Taxidermy is hot stuff in Shropshire

05 February 2018

Henry Shaw (1812-87) is a well-known name in the world of antique taxidermy.

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Victorian interiors shine in the saleroom despite dull outlook

04 December 2017

The sluggish area of Victorian genre painting provided Brightwells (20% buyer’s premium) with one of its top-sellers at the November 8-9 sale in Leominster.

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The fruit of mysterious labours

27 November 2017

Originally published in parts in the years 1804-12, George Brookshaw’s Pomona Britannica contains 90 colour-printed and hand finished aquatint and stipple-engraved plates of fruits then cultivated in Britain (pineapple pictured below).

Cornucopia of works on paper reveals early 20th French gem

14 August 2017

Large numbers of lots identified only as folders, boxes and albums full of prints, watercolours, maps and so on offered in a Brightwells (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale of July 5 included one disarmingly catalogued, in full, as ‘Sketches, Watercolours, Prints of Naked Ladies, chiefly’. It sold at £500.

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Pick of the Week: Shedding light on a £26,000 lantern

07 August 2017

Triple lens or Triunial magic lanterns were the iPhone 8 of their day. Since the days of the Sturm lantern in the 17th century, the technology had developed from basic projectors producing small, dimly lit images, to these magnificent machines capable of spectacular technicolour lantern entertainments.

Lawrence Gowing view of Hackney

Hackney brings in the money – early Lawrence Gowing view of London takes record £40,000

10 August 2016

A record price for a work by Sir Lawrence Gowing (1918-1991) came at the latest fine art sale held by Brightwells of Leominster.

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A marvel in marquetry

02 April 2015

This c.1690 marquetry cabinet on stand in the manner of the Anglo-Dutch maker Gerrit Jensen (d.1715) sold for £35,000 at the latest sale at Brightwells of Leominster.

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Noah’s Ark draws in the bidders

22 August 2014

German-made painted wood Noah’s arks, appealing to folk art and toy collectors alike, don’t get much better than this mid-19th century example sold recently at Brightwells in Leominster.

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The board game that 'taught kids to be anti-semitic'

04 April 2013

Although offensive to 20th century mores, ‘The New and Fashionable Game of the Jew’ was deemed a suitable pastime for children at the turn of the 19th century.

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Paul Sandby’s view of Shrewsbury

07 March 2013

The Old Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury was a view favoured by a number of 18th century artists including J.M.W. Turner and Richard Wilson.

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Leather drinking vessels from the 17th century

26 February 2013

A group of 17th century black leather drinking vessels – three bottells, two jacks and pair of bombards – surfaced at a recent sale held by Brightwells of Leominster.

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Local landmark takes Flight

17 December 2011

FAME, rarity and the finest provenance propelled a c.1795 gilded and painted Worcester vase and cover to a predictable top spot at the latest sale held by Brightwells at Leominster.

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Anonymous Deco bracelet is jewellery star

28 April 2005

Twentieth century pieces proved to be the prize jewels at the 450-lot March 16 sale of silver and jewellery held by Leominster auctioneers Brightwells (15% buyer’s premium).

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Pom beats Aussies to six colonial memories

01 March 2005

A group of 19th century sepia drawings, depicting Aborigines in Queensland, came up for auction at Brightwells (15% buyer’s premium) sale of paintings and prints on January 26 in Leominster, Herefordshire.

Decorative touches add value

01 March 2005

Brightwells, Leominster, January 12-13 Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent Illuminating this 900-lot Hereford-shire sale was the English brass candlestick featured on the front page of ATG No.1675, February 5, which was taken to £4600 in the confident belief it was a period 16th century example.

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Delft enthusiasts get Wilkes’s number

31 January 2005

TO the non-specialist, a cracked and chipped blue and white 18th century delft plate might have seemed reasonably estimated at £60-100 in the January 5 sale held by Brightwells (15% buyer’s premium).

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Ceramics fire enthusiasm among the holiday crowd

22 September 2004

ALTHOUGH many vendors decided to hold back some of their best furniture and paintings for the autumn sales, there was enough in Brightwell's (15% buyer's premium) 1266-lot August 11-12 outing to attract holidaymakers as well as some dealers who had not visited Brightwells for some time. As a result, it boasted a healthy 85 per cent take-up by lot and a total of £90,000.

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New sales and other changes

22 September 2004

NOW under new ownership, Petersfield auctioneers Jacobs & Hunt have announced a new monthly general sale.

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