South-east England


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Leica: 225 is the magic number

27 June 2022

The Leica I debuted at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair at a time when it was still common for glass plates to be used in cameras.

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A Bright idea for a new museum

27 June 2022

After 50 years of buying at markets and shops, Oscar winner opens new venue to the public.

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Raise your glass to John Nash

27 June 2022

Recent biography, major show and strong auction prices suggest younger Nash is on the rise.

The Dandelion Field by William Nicholson

Three William Nicholson paintings emerge at Kent auction

23 June 2022

This small and early painting by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) titled ‘The Dandelion Field’ is one of three works by the artist being offered at Grand Auctions in Folkestone, Kent.

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Festival fun will include the arcade in Tunbridge Wells

20 June 2022

Among the places to see in and around Tunbridge Wells is the The Pantiles Arcade.

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Trailblazer Booth showed beauty of older items

20 June 2022

A group of 140 lots owned by dealer Joanne Booth is coming to auction in Henley-on-Thames this summer.

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Grand Tourists who got serious

20 June 2022

The term ‘Grand Tour picture’ is somewhat amorphous. It is mostly used to refer to 18th century and 19th century works purchased by wealthy young gentleman on their travels around Europe, particularly in Italy, as they ‘completed’ their education.

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Fitzgerald: it’s a family affair

20 June 2022

A group of 39 lots at Dreweatts’ latest Old Master, British and European Art sale on May 26 came from a descendant of the artist John Anster Fitzgerald (1832-1906).

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The depleted Britains set still full of appeal

20 June 2022

The Britains Boer War Army Service Corps Supply Column set is described by toy soldier expert James Opie as “one of the must-have sets for keen collectors”.

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Author closes a collecting chapter

13 June 2022

Horror and fantasy novelist went from buying comic art to modern European purchases.

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Build your own hall of frame

06 June 2022

A group of more than 1000 original antique frame moulds from the studio of craftsman and frame maker John Tanous have been put up for sale.

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Hunting pistol has plenty of stopping power

30 May 2022

For 19th century sahibs in tiger country and bwanas dealing with charging lions, howdah pistols like the one offered at West Sussex gun specialist Gavin Gardiner (25% buyer’s premium) were the preferred sidearm.

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Portrait copies of English kings and queens can be valuable at auction in their own right

30 May 2022

Copies of royal portraits from across the centuries are something that always seems to catch the eye when you flick through (or scroll through) the reams of pictures listed in auction catalogues.

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Howard armchairs a hit with buyers

30 May 2022

Chairs and sofas by Howard & Sons are a pricey niche market these days, largely immune to the varying fortunes of the wider market for Victorian and Edwardian furniture.

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‘Victoria’s gift’ to faithful retainer

30 May 2022

By repute this 15oz silver chamber stick and snuffer with glass hurricane shade was a gift from Queen Victoria to her personal attendant and favourite John Brown (1826-83).

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‘Shuttlecock’ was a hit for children’s literature printer

30 May 2022

A children’s book estimated at £20-40 in a May 14 sale held by Pippa Deeley (15% buyer’s premium) in Bodiam, East Sussex, was sold instead at £2200.

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Dealers hoping for a jubilee bounce in Windsor and Berkshire

30 May 2022

American customers are reappearing and dealers are hoping for a jubilee trade bounce

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Qing art: on a mission to learn new tech

30 May 2022

Chinese emperors certainly got the message when it came to artistic advances

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The web shop window: 18th century armchairs

30 May 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Golf tees off in Shanghai

30 May 2022

Estimated at £120-150, this modest 7in (17cm) high Chinese export silver golfing trophy sold for £5500 at Bourne End Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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