West Sussex

DMG tighten up security after Ardingly gems theft

24 November 2008

DMG Antiques Fairs say they have increased security following the theft of £80,000 worth of jewellery at their Ardingly fair on September 3.

£80,000 jewellery theft at Ardingly

22 September 2008

MORE than £80,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from the Ardingly Showground on Wednesday, September 3.

Auctioneers’ merger off in Sussex

01 September 2008

West Sussex auctioneers Worthing Auction Galleries and Scarborough Fine Art are no longer to merge.


The Pietro Psaier dispute steps up a gear as more details emerge

18 August 2008

THE extraordinary spat that has emerged over the existence of artist Pietro Psaier has taken another turn, with auctioneer John Nicholson pledging to publish the catalogue raisonée of his life and work.


Rare toll pass at Tooveys takes £1800

04 August 2008

A REAL rarity was offered by Sussex saleroom Tooveys of Washington on July 15 when this toll pass from 1744 came up for sale. Beautifully preserved in the original shagreen slipcase, this pass would seem to apply particularly to roads that fell within royal estates or administration rather than to a wider system of turnpike and toll roads.


The hunt is on for Brontës lost in a Midlands pub

29 April 2008

SOMEWHERE on a shelf in a pub in the Midlands there may be five rare books that could throw a whole new light on the Brontë family.

Summers Place fundraiser for May 16

25 March 2008

Summers Place Auctions of Billingshurst, West Sussex, are to host The Glory Of The Garden in aid of St Catherine's Hospice, a Crawley-based charity, on May 16.

Summers Place statuary sales take new direction

14 January 2008

Summers Place Auctions have revealed plans for a three-tier selling strategy when they hold their inaugural sale of garden statuary and fossil decoration ‘in association with Sotheby’s’ in May.


Ringing the changes from £100 to £400,000

15 October 2007

Another imperial Chinese sleeper has awoken in West Sussex.

Worthing to merge with Scarborough

28 August 2007

West Sussex auctioneers Worthing Auction Galleries and Scarborough Fine Art are to merge.


Mark and period moon flasks – £760,000

23 July 2007

High drama at the Chichester auction rooms of Henry Adams on July 19 when this pair of Chinese famille rose moon flasks shot to £760,000. The price, a house record, is also the fourth highest ever achieved in a UK auction room outside of London.


£160,000 Langlois commode crowns Bolney Lodge sale

02 October 2006

This early George III kingwood parquetry and marquetry commode attributed to Pierre Langlois proved the highlight of the £812,413 Bolney Lodge collection sold by West Sussex auctioneers Toovey’s on September 20.


Polly de Courcy-Ireland treen collection to be sold on September 20

02 September 2006

A long-standing member of both the British Antique Dealers’ Association and the vetting committee at the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, the late Polly de Courcy-Ireland, who died last year, was without doubt one of the country’s leading authorities on treen. First opened in 1972, her shop in Alresford, Hampshire was a favourite with collectors for over 30 years.

Up to speed – M1 number plate sets £300,000 record at Goodwood

18 July 2006

M1, one of the most sought-after UK registration numbers, set a new world record price for a car number plate when it sold for £300,000 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale of Sports, Competition and Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia on July 7.


Brushing off the soil, bidong brings £32,000

31 May 2006

The vendor of this handsome Chinese brush pot or bidong did not hold it in high regard. An heirloom from a grandfather who had spent some time in the Far East, the 6in (15.5cm) vessel had been relegated to the potting shed as a useful receptacle for garden tools and potting compost.

Bonhams broker deal to save steam collection

15 May 2006

BONHAMS have brokered a last-minute deal to save the unrivalled Jonathan Minns Collection of Industrial Archaeological Artefacts from being split up.


Buyers back prospects of an artist too shy for fame

13 April 2005

PICK up the Modern British reference books and you might just find a small mention of Edgar Hubert: born in Billingshurst, West Sussex in 1906; trained at the Slade; an exhibitor with the London Group from 1931 to 1947; died in obscurity (actually it was in Scafold, West Sussex) in 1985.

New Barnham hold first sale

25 January 2005

THE New Barnham Auction rooms have just held their first fine art and antiques sale – only five weeks after taking over the premises.


Three more ‘Goostly’ leaves and a first-class sandwich wrapper

23 December 2004

Autographs, manuscripts and printed ephemera have long been a great strength of sales at Strides of Chichester, but the December 3 sale was rather special, being devoted entirely to that field and, though not billed as such, the first part of the personal collection of Derek White, who for many years has catalogued for the Sussex saleroom.

Virgil translated

29 September 2004

FIRST edition copies of John Martyn’s translations of Virgil’s Georgicks (1741) and Bucolicks (1749), both illustrated with coloured plates and maps and bound in contemporary calf, made £500 in a September 17 sale held by John Bellman of Billingshurst.