South-east England


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The Polish eagle has landed in badge form

30 October 2023

Among recent paratrooper items that impressed at auction, this Polish badge with combat wreath doubled the top estimate at Bosleys to take £4000 from a UK online private buyer.

Antique and vintage street market expands into Surrey

30 October 2023

Jackie Edwards of ACVR Events increased her tally of antique and vintage street markets in southern England earlier this year, launching in Kingston and Cranleigh, both in Surrey.

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Korean banquet fills up eight panels

23 October 2023

This 18th century Korean eight-panel screen depicts a subject borrowed from Ming prototypes: a banquet honouring the famed Tang dynasty general Guo Ziyi.

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Plea to find stolen Meiji period Japanese bronze

18 October 2023

A Japanese bronze, estimated at £50,000-60,000, has been stolen from Hannam’s Auctioneers in Hampshire.

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Iberia held a fascination for Hillier

16 October 2023

The early English Surrealist Tristram Hillier (1905-83) was a regular visitor to Spain and Portugal.

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Photos cover imperial visits in the days of the Raj

16 October 2023

The opening two lots of Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Art & Antiques sale on October 3 were leather-bound albums of photographs from British India.

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Colourful creations but the work of Quakers

16 October 2023

A small thread-covered purse or sweet bag in the shape of a pair of bellows is one among the highlights at Witney Antiques’ exhibition 'Choice and Precious Work: Treasures from the Schoolroom', which looks at historic needlework creations beyond the sampler.

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Auction of Robert Kime collection takes more than £7m

09 October 2023

The sale of the collection of dealer and ‘titan of design’ Robert Kime drew a flurry of interest at Dreweatts last week, raising more than £7.6m hammer across three days.

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Peter Cushing: fangs for the memories

09 October 2023

Peter Cushing’s (1913-94) six-decade acting career featured more than 100 films furnished many fond memories – and of course provided plenty of memorabilia.

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The current climate? Dealers go with the flow

09 October 2023

Jane Alexander, organiser of the Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fairs, is ruminative but positive about her monthly events.

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Get into the ceramics groove: second slice of the Seymour Stein collection

02 October 2023

Collector who helped Madonna on road to stardom becomes the centre of attention in West Sussex saleroom

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It’s a small world: Cary pocket globes emerge in two sales

02 October 2023

Three-inch globes were mostly sold as pocket globes, typically as a terrestrial globe contained within a ray-skin case with the celestial gores for the heavens pasted inside.

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A 17th century rarity: unrecorded book emerges at Sussex auction

02 October 2023

An unrecorded 17th century printed book took £8800 hammer at a West Sussex sale.

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Painting returns to William Morris' ‘heaven on earth’

25 September 2023

A picture of Kelmscott Manor painted when it was the home of William and Jane Morris is returning to the house after it was acquired for The Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Pipe dream reality: meerschaum magnificence

25 September 2023

An elaborate Victorian meerschaum pipe stood out at a recent Surrey sale.

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Antiquities lots turn heads in salerooms

25 September 2023

This carved marble portrait head of a youth shown here is Roman and comes from a tightly dated period of the 2nd century.

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Presentation sword cuts through complaints of bad conduct

25 September 2023

John Eamer was a wholesale grocer who dealt in sugar imported from the West Indies. His success led to him becoming Sheriff of London in 1794.

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Symbol of national pride: Latvian plate takes 20-times estimate in Sussex

18 September 2023

By the time the Baltars ceramics painting workshop was established in 1925 the country where it was founded – Latvia – had been accepted by the international community as independent for just four years.

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How society folk lined up to sign a visitors’ book

18 September 2023

Almost 120 years ago at 13 Bruton Street an estimated 10,000 visitors were drawn to an exhibition that caught the public attention and attracted record queues.

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Organiser adds two Oxfordshire flagship events to busy schedule

11 September 2023

Neil Payne, founder of Hidden Treasures, has added two new antiques and vintage fairs to his packed calendar of events. Some of his fairs have been running since the 1970s at locations in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

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