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Object lessons from Midhurst

17 February 2020

Two items in focus at Midhurst

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Nelson bust sails high to top sale

17 February 2020

While furniture and books fully justified its title, The Oxford Library Sale at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) was led by a surprise star: a rather lowly regarded gesso bust of the sort that would have been a minor decoration to such a room.

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Headlamps go for glamour at West Sussex sale

17 February 2020

According to patent documents dated February 1928, Woodlite headlamps invented by a William G Woods of Los Angeles were said to give the driver better illumination of distant objects ahead.

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ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA: Poster artwork is star attraction

17 February 2020

The market for both film and music posters is booming but original artwork for such designs can also be a very collectable option for buyers.

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Dorothea Sharp still-life blooms with bold colour in Surrey

17 February 2020

As well as painting sunny pictures of children on the beaches of Cornwall, Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) frequently turned her paintbrush to still-lifes.

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'New prints' refresh Japanese subjects

17 February 2020

Shin-hanga, meaning ‘new prints’, emerged in Japan during the early 20th century. Aimed at Western tastes, the artistic movement combined the traditional colourful woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e with nostalgic and romanticised Japanese subjects.

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Cut-outs sharp at two auctions

17 February 2020

Sold for £4600 in a February 6 sale held in the Chichester salerooms of Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) was an album of cut-paper work produced by Elizabeth Cobbold c.1810-20.

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Why change a good brand?

17 February 2020

New Midhurst owner keeps the Emmott Promotions name going

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French artist's view of Normandy in the snow makes ten-times estimate in Sussex auction

10 February 2020

This early-20th century snow scene, below, was painted by the French artist Paul Elie Gernez (1888-1948). He was primarily a naturalist painter of still-lives, landscapes and seascapes, and spent much of his life in Honfleur in Normandy.

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English figures and scent bottles feature prominently at Dreweatts

10 February 2020

A key feature of the ceramics section of Dreweatts’ sale on February 19 will be 55 lots from a local private collection featuring 18th century English porcelain.

New antiques centre backs army veterans

10 February 2020

An antiques centre specialising in militaria including books has opened in the Bedfordshire town of Biddenham.

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Visitor gives Bristol the brush-off

10 February 2020

Accounts of youthful travels in Britain and on a Grand Tour contain often blunt assessments

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Rare teddies from museum collection bare all at auction in Newbury

06 February 2020

More than 300 teddy bears collected over an eight-year period are to be auctioned later this year.

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Business as usual despite fire at Guildford auction house

04 February 2020

Wellers of Guildford suffered a fire at its premises but has continued to operate its auction schedule despite disruption to phone lines.

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Catherine Southon auction to offer late-16th century gaming board found in bombed-out London

03 February 2020

“As soon as the vendor pulled the board from her bag, I recognised something of serious interest.”

Southampton event moves to new hotel venue

03 February 2020

Grandma’s Attic Fairs has announced that its quarterly antiques and collectors’ fairs at the Botleigh Grange Hotel in Southampton have ceased due to the hotel’s sudden closure in mid-January, although a new venue has been found.

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Rudell & Rose flute plays to bidders' tune in Sussex

03 February 2020

Popular in the first decades of the 19th century, the eight-key flute is something of a transitional instrument, retaining many of the characteristics of the earlier baroque flute and the modern instrument.

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Burmese watercolours find admirers in a south coast saleroom

03 February 2020

Two large watercolours painted by Y Ba Nyan (1897-1947), one of Burma’s most influential Modern artists, emerged for sale in Folkestone at the end of last year.

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Phoenix Antiques owner launches fair in Petersfield

03 February 2020

A dealer in the antiques-rich town of Petworth is launching a vintage, antiques and militaria fair in her hometown of Petersfield in Hampshire.

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At Kempton this week: six objects to tempt interior decorators from £20 to four figures

30 January 2020

Kempton isn’t just the preserve of early-rising antique dealers (though some, like BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan, arrive only after 10am).

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