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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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‘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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‘Agatha Miller’ mystery solved

04 April 2022

Dictionary inscription is that of the crime novelist’s maiden name, adding to value.

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Bullfight for a Picasso charger with reverse appeal

21 March 2022

Picasso produced more than 3500 ceramic designs and created 633 different ceramic editions between 1947-71.

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Sermons and rabbiting on

21 February 2022

Two very different lots from a Sussex sale are noted here: a German manuscript of Lenten sermons and the tale of a toy rabbit.

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Strachey self-portrait underlines often overlooked talent

17 January 2022

Despite his famous name, the artist Henry Strachey (1863-1940) has never had much prominence at auction, with only around a dozen works having emerged.

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Art Market: Taking the underground route

29 November 2021

Paintings of caves including a view from a Channel Island in the spotlight at two salerooms

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Mauchlineware suited to a tee

29 November 2021

The game of golf (originating on the eastern coast of Scotland) and mauchlineware (the name given to a family of wooden souvenirs made in south-west Scotland over a period of a century) would seem ideal bedfellows.

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Christopher Dresser finds his time and place

27 October 2021

Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) designed two electroplated claret or water jugs for Elkington & Co of Birmingham in 1885 – both of them daring designs inspired by vessels from antiquity.

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‘Poohsticks’ bridge will return to Hundred Acre Wood after auction

18 October 2021

The original ‘Poohsticks’ bridge from AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books is to return to the ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ after it was bought by Buckhurst Park estate owner Lord De La Warr.

Antiques on Sea

Trade rallies to help fundraise for fellow antiques dealer ahead of weekend stock sell-off

09 October 2021

An 'everything-must-go' stock sale is taking place at Antiques on Sea in St Leonards-on-sea this weekend.

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Pick of the week: Small Old Master packs a Canaletto price punch

04 October 2021

A Venetian painting attributed to the great Canaletto (1697-1798) was offered at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) latest auction, selling for £300,000.

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Chinese vases sell over 200-times estimate in East Sussex

27 September 2021

Estimated at £100-150, this pair of 4in (11cm) Chinese vases sold for an estimate-busting £39,000 at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.

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‘Canaletto’ Venetian scene surfaces in Lewes

16 August 2021

A painting of Venice’s Dogana da Mar painted from the Bacino di San Marco which has been attributed to Canaletto (1697-1768) will be offered at Gorringe’s of Lewes in the autumn.

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Make a date for Lewes

05 July 2021

Lewes is well known to antiques and vintage-hunters.

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Textile trading continues despite fair postponement

05 July 2021

The planned 30-stand Designer and Makers’ Fair on July 17-18 at Charleston Manor, near Lewes in East Sussex was cancelled at the beginning of July.

Constable watercolour

‘Elegy’ from 1836 reveals original John Constable watercolours

07 June 2021

Discovered lying unrecognised on a bookcase in a Sussex cottage, a unique edition of Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard will be offered at Gorringe’s this month with a £100,000-150,000 estimate.

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Selling on the Hoof

24 May 2021

Out on the Romney Marshes in east Sussex is a series of small buildings that is Hoof Brocante.

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Benin plaque withdrawn from auction after curator raises provenance questions

03 May 2021

The increasingly contentious issue of selling Benin works of art at auction raised its head again last week after an ancestral plaque catalogued as 16th or 17th century was withdrawn from an East Sussex sale.

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Two single-owner collections of Orientalists works highlight Sussex sale with worldwide appeal

19 April 2021

Two English Orientalists made the biggest impression at a recent sale at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.