Bellmans

Bellmans is an auction house operating from salerooms in Winchester, Hampshire and Wisborough Green, West Sussex. Managing director Jonathan Pratt holds valuation events in both the local areas as well as from an office in central London.

Bellmans hold regular antiques and interiors auctions offering items including silver, jewellery, Oriental works of art, furniture and garden statuary.


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Look beyond the brand to find a great chronograph

06 December 2021

Enicar watches do not have the instant brand recognition of a Rolex or Omega but they do share many of the same parts.

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Portrait miniature buyers make Smart choices

22 November 2021

In demand at home and abroad during his lifetime, the eminent miniaturist John Smart was an international draw at a trio of sales.

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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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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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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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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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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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Maltby Millennium chess set checks in at Ewbank’s

13 September 2021

The studio potter John Maltby (1936-2020) created this chess set shown right for the Millennium celebrations at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

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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.

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Early Mary Fedden works gaining greater focus from bidders

16 August 2021

Pre-1950s Mary Fedden works are stylistically different to her later still-lifes and coastal subjects

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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

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Opium pipe blows away estimate in auction of Finch collection

21 June 2021

A tobacco pipe which opened the series and an opium one which ended it – interspersed by a cigar stub – met keen demand at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

Cigar butt

How much for a cigar butt?

01 June 2021

The answer, last week, was £3500.

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Binding is auction gold

31 May 2021

Sold for £3000 as part of a four-day sale held by Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) of Wisborough Green was what was billed as a gold mounted rectangular book binding, probably European and 19th century but in the 18th century taste.

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West Sussex auction house holds first paintings preview in central London

12 May 2021

Bellmans will hold its first London preview when it exhibits highlights of its upcoming auction.

Ballet-style slippers

Queen Victoria's ballet-style slippers to be auctioned

08 May 2021

Slippers once owned by Queen Victoria will be offered at an auction in West Sussex later this month.

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Churchill puts his feet up, has a smoke and a drink

22 March 2021

British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill memorabilia in the form of slippers, brandy balloon and cigar box.

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Remedy to make a high medal price

22 March 2021

Major Henry Milligan of the Royal Army Medical Corps not only won a Military Cross for bravery in the First World War in 1917, but gained another one.

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