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Chess clock

Pick of the week: Designed to make your move a bit quicker

07 February 2022

With the advent of modern tournament chess in the Victorian era came the issue of game time.

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Dealer Nicholls rates Ardingly as a smash hit

31 January 2022

IACF Ardingly in January had a very enthusiastic thumbsup Tweet from Worthing dealer Henry Nicholls.

Japanese Meiji 10-yen coin

Pick of the week: Meiji 10 yen pattern coin takes £260,000

24 January 2022

Rare Japanese Meiji gold coin emerges at auction in West Sussex

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From Bond to a snuff box: the Gilbert collections

17 January 2022

Collections relating to leading British film director Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018) and his wife of 53 years Hylda (d.2005) provided very different lots for Billingshurst auction house Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Japanese carvings turn heads at Stride auction

17 January 2022

Japanese antique ivories have been gradually disappearing from the catalogues of prominent dealers and major auction houses but good examples are still being sold in the regions.

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Silver drinking novelty sails above estimate

22 November 2021

The windmill cup was the most popular of the novelty silver wager cups produced from the late 16th century until the early 18th century.

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Charles II's mistress lovingly portrayed with cupid and doves

15 November 2021

An opportunity to buy a portrait of one of Charles II’s mistresses emerged at a recent Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale in West Sussex.

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Snuff box takes 20-times estimate at Bellmans

15 November 2021

Estimated at £400-600, a Meissen chinoiserie decorated porcelain snuff box took £12,000 at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in West Sussex.

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Chippendale chairs spotted in Sussex

27 October 2021

Given that most antique furniture at auction tends to be good value only for the buyer these days, one can perhaps understand why it occasionally does not always receive the attention it once merited from auctioneers and valuers. As a result, occasionally a special item slips through.

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And there’s Moore...

11 October 2021

Bellmans is selling the script and production archive of film director, producer and screenwriter Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018) on November 17-18.

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5 Questions: Furniture dealer Rowland Leach

11 October 2021

Rowland Leach runs interior design and antique business French Loft with his wife Mary, specialising in 17th and 18th century French and English country furniture.

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Matisse and more from West Sussex

04 October 2021

Incorporating 40 coloured litho plates, a copy of The Last Works of Henri Matisse, a folio collection of 1958 issued by Harcourt Brace of New York, led a sale held by Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) of Washington in West Sussex at £2600.

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Dante and Dutch Bibles among Sussex successes

27 September 2021

The sale of July 15 proved to be its most successful since lockdown for auction house Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Early days of flight celebrated

27 September 2021

A menu celebrating a landmark in British aviation – the first flight from London to Brighton, accomplished in 1911 – sold for £750 at Bellmans.

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Sterlé’s rare birds soar in Sussex and Dublin

20 September 2021

Combining technical mastery with recurring motifs derived from nature, Pierre Sterlé’s (1905-1978) style is instantly recognisable.

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Two pieces of furniture at Sussex auction with very different features... and prices

30 August 2021

The second day of Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale on August 3-5 included a Chinese hardwood table that catapulted way above its £1000-1500 estimate.

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Barbara Jones puts on a jolly good show at auction

16 August 2021

A couple of Modern British works on paper drew keen attention at a recent West Sussex auction.

Tatooist flyer

The life of Prof Riley – British tattoo pioneer

05 July 2021

Thomas Riley was one of the few professional tattooists of the Victorian and Edwardian era and – with patrons among international royalty and the aristocracy – a key figure in the changing perception of tattoos from ‘sailors’ marks’ to ‘body art’.

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Selling with intent at Petworth fair

05 July 2021

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair returned last month with 60 exhibitors and plenty of sales.

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Romanian artist in rare UK visit

05 July 2021

Works by Grigorescu are seldom seen in British auctions but one emerged in West Sussex