West Sussex


Symons supporters make a bugle call

15 May 2023

William Christian Symons (1845-1911) had a varied career, working as a designer for Royal Doulton but also in a wide range of roles.


Blanchard spread his wings to be the leading manufacturer of terracotta in Britain

15 May 2023

This rare pair of late 19th century terracotta eagles, each standing 2ft 2in (64cm) high have indistinct marks for Blanchard Terracotta London.


Waugh, witch and Wheatley

08 May 2023

West Sussex sale highlights – including a work detailing author’s obsession with bricklaying as a hobby


West Sussex event benefits from the ‘triangle’ location

08 May 2023

Fair in Petworth benefits from its setting near to a famous National Trust’s property and an 'antiques destination' town


Famous tiger burns bright – despite being a copy

01 May 2023

A later but good copy of George Stubbs’ (1724-1806) famous painting Portrait of The Royal Tiger earned its stripes when it emerged at auction.


Portrait depicts the last king to reign before Charles III

01 May 2023

Gallery Rountree Tryon brings to Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair a portrait of the last king to reign before Charles III – George VI.


Royal memorabilia to be spotted at the Petworth fair

01 May 2023

Sarah Colegrave Fine Art, a regular at the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, will bring a chair from the investiture of the Price of Wales in 1969.


Rylands hangs up his gavel after a ‘roller coaster of fun’

24 April 2023

James Rylands, director and co-founder of Summers Place Auctions, is retiring after 44 years in the auction business

Nelson frieze

Nelson in frieze frame form takes a five-figure sum at Sussex auction

03 April 2023

This monumental white marble frieze titled Nelson receiving the Spanish surrender after the Battle of St Vincent was created c.1826 by the English sculptor Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867).


Police appeal for help to track stolen jewellery from Sussex antiques centre

11 March 2023

Emporium Antiques Centre in Lewes suffered a break in and police are appealing for information.

Gaucho on horseback painting

Uruguayan artist Juan Manuel Blanes rides off to an auction record at Toovey’s

20 February 2023

A rediscovered work by ‘Uruguay’s most important painter’ Juan Manuel Blanes (1830- 1901) has sold for a record £1.15m in West Sussex.


Medal marks a Shanghai special day

06 February 2023

The Shanghai Jubilee Medal was instituted in 1893 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first British consul created after the Treaty of Nanking in 1843.


Collectors discover the value of Vuitton Explorer trunks

30 January 2023

Late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunks are a rare and desirable subset of vintage luggage.


Bidders target ‘exceptionally rare’ gun by an innovative provincial maker

23 January 2023

While London gun-makers featured heavily – and lucratively – at Gavin Gardiner’s (25% buyer’s premium) auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on December 14, provincial makers also got a look in.


Tarka the Otter author makes a sale splash

23 January 2023

Numerous works by Henry Williamson including fascinating inscriptions and annotations were offered in Chichester saleroom


Pretty children's book comes with morality message

23 January 2023

Published by John Newbery c.1770, 'A Little Pretty Pocket Book…' and its companion 'Little Song Book' is a very small work indeed at little more than 3in (7.5cm) tall, but the latter includes some 54 woodcut illustrations and accompanying verses related to children’s games and pastimes.


Presentation copy of Paddington Bear first edition sells to American bidder

16 January 2023

Having featured prominently on television in a specially made part of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Paddington Bear hardly needs any more publicity.


Sitter appeal: Portraits from Victorian sportsman to 20th century businessman bring demand

02 January 2023

The record-setting piece of Beswick pottery at a recent sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) – a rare variant of a shire horse model that fetched £11,300 (ATG No 2569) – was not the only lot bringing notable demand.


Cass couple’s varied 20th century works provide boost to Bellmans

19 December 2022

A group of 24 works from the collection of Wilfred and Jeannette Cass provided a boost to Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) latest Modern British and 20th Century Art auction.


Mirror reflects Hope design

21 November 2022

Estimated at £800-1200, this Regency giltwood and ebonised convex wall mirror sold at £12,500 at Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) on November 3.