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Corn Exchange grows into antiques arcade

26 September 2022

A former theatre, corn market, auction rooms, exhibition space and council office has been “reanimated” as an “emporium” by a group of art and antiques dealers.

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Brocante’s growing success

19 September 2022

There are few antiques centres and even fewer fairs held in garden centres and nurseries but along has come news of The Potting Shed Brocante which ran at the King John’s Nursery in the Kent village of Etchingham earlier this month.

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Peruse antiques again along the Pantiles

05 September 2022

The first Pantiles Antiques Festival in the Kent town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in July was such a success for Love Fairs that the organiser is straight back with another.

Costs bite but B2B is robust

29 August 2022

B2B Events has a run of upcoming events this month including its two-day Detling antiques, vintage and collectors’ fair at the Kent County Showground on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11.

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Tunic displays all the signs of a brave soldier in battle

15 August 2022

Although the wearer of a First World War tunic sold by Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on July 26-28 was not listed, it gave plenty of clues to his service.

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Art market: Nicholson - look on the bright side

25 July 2022

Colourful work with provenance back to artist’s sister catches the attention in Kent saleroom

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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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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Street art: The inter-war version in ceramics

23 May 2022

Popular figures were created in Chelsea by husband and wife duo Charles and Nell Vyse

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Pick of the week: Buyer hooked by Fijian whale ivory rarity

16 May 2022

Sperm whale teeth, acquired from mammals that had beached on local reefs, had a deep significance to Fijian society.

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Well-presented stands essential at the park

02 May 2022

“The sun will shine, the cow parsley will be out and we can’t wait to see you all again”, said Caroline Zoob, co-organiser with Hetty Purbrick of the annual Decorative Living Fair.

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Photo record of a First World War nurse’s work

14 March 2022

The Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD) comprised volunteer civilians providing care to British, Empire and allied troops during the First World War, both in field hospitals near to the battlefield and in more established places of recuperation back home.

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Qing period cushion cover brings a comfortable bid from online Chinese bidder

28 February 2022

Qing period embroidered satin throne-back cushion covers can be seen still in situ in a number of the buildings in the Forbidden City including the Hall of Supreme Principle and the Palace of Eternal Spring. Others are held by institutions and collectors throughout the world.

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Thrilled by the chase: hairline crack fails to deter interest as Chinese export bowl is bid ten times over estimate

28 February 2022

Chinese export bowls such as this one, decorated in the mandarin palette with famille rose foxhunting scenes, were popular both with the British and American markets in the last quarter of the 18th century.

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Variations that are key to Star Wars figure value

31 January 2022

As in so many collecting fields, slight variations can be key when it comes to pricing of TV generation toys.

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Weapon owned by tragic 1912 Antarctic explorer makes eight-times estimate in Kent

24 January 2022

A sword sold at Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) belonged to a British Antarctic explorer who died in 1912 – but not with Robert Falcon Scott.

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‘Tommy’ was a remarkable wartime countess

03 January 2022

A group of medals awarded to a First World War ‘Tommy’ sold for a mid-estimate £2400 at Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on October 20-21. Not that unusual, it would seem.

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The 6cm shoes for adults

22 November 2021

The auction at toy specialist C&T (22% buyer’s premium) in Kenardington, Kent, on November 3 included this very rare pair of doll’s shoes dated to c.1700.

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Express delivery: Bowie stars in Tunbridge Wells

08 November 2021

David Bowie is the star of a retrospective selling show of 1970s photography which will run at the Design Gallery in the Pantiles Arcade, Tunbridge Wells, from November 13 to December 31.