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Pick of the Week: First World War women's uniforms come to the fore at Kent auction

12 February 2018

With the centenary of the act that enfranchised female voters aged over 30 very much in the headlines, a collection of First World War uniforms and a photo album sold by C&T Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) underlines the role played by women in that conflict.

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Old textiles fuel folk art

11 December 2017

Folk art has many admirers. Kent-based Anne Kelly specialises in recycled textile folk art, much of it inspired by nature, particularly birds, and her world travels.

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Artist Stanley Anderson records the rural artisans

27 November 2017

The artist Stanley Anderson (1884-1966) was a perennial sceptic of 20th century ‘progress’. An engraver, etcher and watercolour painter, he started working in line engraving in the 1920s when it was an outmoded and almost extinct form of graphic output.

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What goes around comes around to a Kent saleroom

13 November 2017

What expert James Opie described as “the most intriguing collection I have ever come across” provided Rochester auction house C&T (18% buyer’s premium) with its biggest statement yet in the toy soldiers market.

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Faversham's lively market in Kent

30 October 2017

Held on the first Sunday of the month in the centre of Faversham, the antiques and vintage market offers a wide range of items.

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Kent dealers show enterprising spirit

16 October 2017

Chrissie and John Masters, of the Design Gallery in Westerham, are pictured below in their warehouse in nearby Enterprise Way, Edenbridge, both in Kent.

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On the hoof way to offer French antiques

09 October 2017

Trading as Hoof Brocante, Adrian Higham is among the most genial of men.

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Police appeal for witnesses after 2000 pieces of silver stolen from Kent antiques dealer

29 September 2017

An antiques dealer and Kent Police are calling on the trade to be aware of stolen silver items from a shop in Tenterden in Kent.

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Falcon poster flies among film relics

18 September 2017

Best of 193 lots of film posters which made up a specialist sale at Burstow Hewett (15% buyer’s premium) at Battle was this variation for the classic movie The Maltese Falcon.

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Braderie is the real Deal

04 September 2017

This bronze statue 'Embracing the Sea' by Jon Buck, created in 1998, sits by the entrance to the pier in the Kent coastal town of Deal, a three-metre tall monument to the town’s boatbuilding and fishing history.

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Folkestone triennial – a tower of strength

28 August 2017

Possibly the most memorable press exposure the Folkestone Triennial has had was at its first event in 2008 when Tracey Emin left a trail of bronzed baby clothes and booties across the town to highlight the numbers of teenage pregnancies across the south-east.

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“I am Jack the Ripper”: Victorian postcard linked to the Whitechapel killings offered at auction

16 August 2017

A postcard linked to the Jack the Ripper murders will go under the hammer this October.

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Peruvian painter’s take on Venice

19 June 2017

A tiny 19th century Venetian oil by Frederico del Campo (1837- 1923) went under the hammer for the first time in a century at Catherine Southon (18% buyer’s premium).

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Regency dolls’ house delights in Kent auction

19 June 2017

Comprising what amounted to a crowded Regency household, fully and elegantly furnished and inhabited by half a dozen bisque or parian dolls, a c.1820 mahogany dolls’ cabinet was the outstanding offering from C&T Auctioneers (18% buyer’s premium) in Tunbridge Wells.

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End-of-the-revived-pier show roars into Hastings

12 June 2017

Six years after the Victorian Hastings Pier was gutted by fire, it reopened last year after a £14m redevelopment. The funding included £11m from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as monies raised locally and regionally.

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Event organisers keep an eye on what is in vogue for interior design

02 May 2017

Textiles dealers Caroline Zoob and Hetty Purbrick, organisers of the annual Decorative Living Fair at Eridge Park in Kent, met more than 20 years ago when they were exhibiting at the Kensington Brocante.

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Visitor numbers up at Margate’s vintage market

24 April 2017

The opening of the Turner Contemporary in Margate in 2011 reinvigorated the tourism industry in the north Kent area.

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Personal view of Churchill revealed in photo album

10 April 2017

A photo collection sold at C&T formed part of an archive relating to Brenda Long, secretary to General Sir H Ismay (later Lord Ismay), Chief of Staff to Sir Winston Churchill from mid-1944 until the end of 1945.

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Wartime photo albums are snapped up at auction

10 April 2017

The extra push of archive items accompanying medals at auction is well recognised but such material is increasingly on the advance in its own right. Honours offered with log books, diaries, maps, letters and so on are very attractive to buyers given the background story they create about the recipient.

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Basement clear out planned at Kent's Design Gallery

10 April 2017

In Kent, the Design Gallery’s largest-ever furniture warehouse sale, including a basement clear-out, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23.