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Serpents slither onto vases

30 April 2018

An ideal marriage of skills, rather than a clash of cultures, put a pair of c.1790-1800 Chinese export vases into the limelight at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Selborne.

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Watch touched by the hand of Frod

26 March 2018

While many a hopeful vendor has to be told gently that great-great-grandpa’s pocket watch is worth little more than the melt price of the metal, a complication or major name – such as the signature Ch. Frodsham, London to the movement of this example, below – makes all the difference.

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Rug roughs it out to sell at £19,500

26 February 2018

Cautiously catalogued as mid-19th century and suffering some damage, a large suzani attracted international interest at the Andrew Smith & Son (19% buyer’s premium) Winchester sale.

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Going Dutch in Hampshire

19 February 2018

As with the overall market, Dutch furniture is much less popular than it once was and the 18th century walnut, floral marquetry and ivory-inlaid bombé bureau cabinet, below, had a couple of condition problems for bidders at Andrew Smith (19% buyer’s premium).

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Couple of pearlers at Hampshire auction

04 December 2017

Two examples of the 19th century European craftsmen’s love of mother of pearl shone at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Selborne on November 15.

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Timely reminder of 19th century Bombay business

23 October 2017

A gift from the founder of the Tata global business empire to the architect who designed his Bombay headquarters, this late 19th century Patek Philippe gold hunter pocket watch was an eyecatcher at Andrew Smith (19% buyer’s premium) at Itchen Stoke on September 12.

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Celebrated Singapore artists in Winchester

16 October 2017

The Winchester saleroom Andrew Smith & Son (15% buyer’s premium) unearthed eight works by two of Singapore’s most celebrated 20th century artists for sale on September 13.

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Japanese screen reveals demand

11 September 2017

The slow, but observable, return of competition for fine Japanese works of art was evident at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) of Selborne on August 23 in the form of this large Meiji ivory scholar’s table screen, below.

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Trade asked to be vigilant after huge peacock sculpture stolen

24 August 2017

A 6ft high peacock sculpture by artist Geoffrey Dashwood has been stolen from a garden in the New Forest.

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Sit up and pay attention to the Petersfield attractions

21 August 2017

The next Penman Fair takes place in Hampshire at Petersfield’s Festival Hall. Now in its 44th year, the upcoming edition of the Petersfield Antiques Fair features a focus on 20th century design, new dates and several fresh faces.

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Mr Copper and Wibbly-Wobbly

03 July 2017

Like many who deal in antiques, the late dealer Andrew Cottrell zeroed in on his chosen niche with an all-consuming passion, accumulating vast knowledge (and stock) in the process.

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Jelly mould collection wobbles its way to Winchester auctioneer

21 June 2017

An eccentric and unique lifetime collection of more than 400 copper, tin and ceramic moulds feature in a special summer auction in Hampshire

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Revamped vintage in Buriton

19 June 2017

A quintessential English village is how Buriton, near Petersfield in east Hampshire might be described. It nestles at the foot of the South Downs and boasts two pubs, a church, a large village pond with ducks and a village hall.

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Daubigny goes with the flow

05 June 2017

A Charles-Francois Daubigny (1817-78) painting that had been in the same private collection since 1963 topped Nesbits’ (19% buyer’s premium) sale in Portsmouth on May 17.

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Positive signs as provincial auctions deliver good results

30 May 2017

Such are the positive reports coming in from the provinces that one begins to fear what the finger-crossing superstitious call the curse of the commentator and the more rational know as the reversion to the mean.

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Avington Park mirror re-acquired after 65 years in the US

27 April 2017

A George I giltwood mirror bearing the coat of arms of Sir Bysshe Shelley has returned to a Hampshire stately home after 65 years.

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A £2600 unfinished tour of the British Empire

01 April 2017

An oil of HMS Ophir moored off Halifax in Canada sold for a multi-estimate sum at George Kidner’s (19% buyer’s premium) sale in Lymington on March 2.

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One of the earliest model railway locomotives up at auction in Winchester

19 December 2016

Pete Waterman, Neil Young, Roger Daltrey and Peter Snow all do it. Frank Sinatra and Peter Sellers did it. Rod Stewart apparently hires extra hotel rooms on tour to indulge in it. ‘It’ being the innocent and highly popular pastime of model railways.

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Five venues for Romsey fair as extensive first event aims to draw crowds

06 May 2016

Jackie Edwards knows all about the logistics of organising antiques street markets and fairs, having launched and run events across Hampshire.

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Dealers bring Scott’s ‘Golden Age’ clocks back to market

24 April 2015

What is billed as “the best collection of English clocks that has come to the market in living memory” will go on sale later this year at Winchester dealers Carter Marsh.