Summer vintage fair supports castle stuffed with relics

25 June 2018

Denys Eyre Bower (1905-77) bought for £6000 the 17th century Chiddingstone Castle, near Edenbridge in Kent, filled it to the turrets with his collections of Japanese swords and lacquer, Egyptian antiquities, Stuart and Jacobite history and Buddhism pieces and opened the place to the public.

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Bowled over by Singer Sargent - National Trust secures painting of Ightham Mote

11 June 2018

In 1889, the artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) visited the 14th century manor house Ightham Mote in Kent and painted a picture of its occupants playing a game of bowls.

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Very rare 17th century English doll turns heads to sell for £9500 at North Yorkshire auction

08 June 2018

Despite having lost a hand and suffering minor wear and chips to her chin, not to mention being just 5.5in (14cm) high, a doll caused a considerable stir at auction with six phone lines and internet bidders all desperate to succeed.

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Sotheby’s brokers sale of John Singer Sargent painting to National Trust

06 June 2018

A painting of a game of bowls by John Singer Sargent previously in the collection of the late A Alfred Taubman has sold to the National Trust’s Ightham Mote, the manor house in Kent depicted in the picture.


Ceramics to shine in joint dealer event

28 May 2018

This Bow porcelain figure of Polyhymnia, the Greek mythological muse of sacred poetry, hymn, dance and eloquence, is among the pieces on offer at this summer’s 'Ceramics Mayfair'.


Size fits snugly in Eridge Park

07 May 2018

Hetty Purbrick and Caroline Zoob believe that small is beautiful. That’s not to say that the annual Decorative Living Fair in Eridge Park they launched 13 years ago is in any way under-used – they simply know that size isn’t everything.

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‘Jack the Ripper’ card makes £22,000 at Folkestone auction

03 May 2018

A card signed ‘I am Jack the Ripper’ that had been in police files until the case into the Victorian killer was eventually closed sold for £22,000 at Grand Auctions of Folkestone, Kent earlier this week.


World away from Lowry matchsticks

30 April 2018

Early works painted before an artist has adopted their signature style can make for intriguing viewing – especially if that artist is widely known.

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Early LS Lowry drawings emerge at Kent auction

29 March 2018

A cache of early LS Lowry (1887-1976) drawings from a deceased estate in Cheshire is estimated to sell for a combined £150,000 at Bentleys Fine Art Auctioneers in Cranbrook, Kent.


Go underground in vintage style

19 March 2018

Former railway tunnel and air raid shelter in Ramsgate provides novel venue for Sunday fair...

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First World War imperial German militaria collection so huge it is being sold in three parts at C&T Auctioneers

15 February 2018

If it takes two auctions to offer a single-owner collection, you know it must be a big one. If it takes three, it must really be quite something.


Appeal to help find stolen Anglo-Saxon beads and coins following Canterbury theft

13 February 2018

The Canterbury Archaeology Trust is appealing for help to find the 850 Anglo-Saxon glass beads, multiple coins, metal artefacts and bone objects that have been stolen in a series of thefts from a storeroom in Kent.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.