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.


Evening slippers and a brandy balloon

Winston Churchill’s evening slippers and brandy glass come to auction in Sussex

17 February 2021

Velvet evening slippers and a brandy glass once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) are coming to auction at Bellmans in Sussex.

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New faces and hires in the art and antiques market in the UK and overseas

27 January 2021

An update of moves and other developments from across the art and antiques industry including at Bellmans and Sworders.

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Auctioneer puts his own name above the door after more than three decades in the same Winchester saleroom

14 January 2021

Iain Rushbrook has worked at auction houses for 42 years in total and in the saleroom at The Red House on Hyde Street in Winchester for 35 of them.

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Soviets on the rise: Bolshevik propaganda plate bring demand at UK auctions

11 January 2021

When the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory following the October Revolution of 1917, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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Lyon & Turnbull, Elstob & Elstob and Bellmans – new faces and departments at regional auction houses

10 November 2020

The latest Movers & Shakers across UK salerooms including new departments and sales at Lyon & Turnbull and Elstob & Elstob.

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Champagne stars at Bellmans as magnums draw demand

09 November 2020

Strong pre-sale interest emerged for two magnums of champagne offered separately at the Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) Sussex Interiors including Asian Works of Art, Wines & Spirits auction in Wisborough Green on October 20.

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Eastern highlights

05 October 2020

This 19th century Indian knife with a shaped and carved horn handle comes in its original morocco case.

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Bidders give their royal approval at Bellmans' sale

14 September 2020

Provenance of the Duke of Gloucester adds extra appeal to single-owner collection

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Hooray for the hussars: Duke of Gloucester's regimental collection brings demand

14 September 2020

The collection of pictures formerly owned by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, offered at Bellmans included 42 lots relating to the 10th Royal Hussars.

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First auction appearance for work by missionary who opened up Chinese language

31 August 2020

Robert Morrison, a protestant missionary, pioneer sinologist and author of several works on the Chinese language as well as a translator, has been called the ‘Father of Anglo-Chinese Literature’.

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Chinese export cabinets at Bellmans come market-fresh from family

31 August 2020

A pair of Chinese export black lacquer chinoiserie decorated cabinets on stands came for sale at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex on August 11 with a blue-chip provenance.

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Bid Barometer

24 August 2020

Online buying: realised prices at auctions on thesaleroom.com

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Sixties posters on a high

03 August 2020

The artist John Hurford was a key figure in the British psychedelia movement of the late 1960s.

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Two tastes of Yorkshire

03 August 2020

Two works by Fred Stead (1863-1940) drew strong interest at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in West Sussex thanks, in part, to here-to-be-sold estimates. They were being consigned from a deceased estate.

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Pick of the week: Harry Becker's farmhands shine in Mid-Summer

29 June 2020

This 8 x 10in (21 x 25cm) oil on canvas board sketch of two farmhands cutting grasses with a scythe is unsigned but it carries a label on the back from an Ipswich Borough Council exhibition which identifies the artist as Harry Becker (1865-1928) and the picture’s title as Fieldworkers in Mid-Summer.

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Shell out for unusual furniture

30 March 2020

As a young man in the 1960s, British creative designer Anthony Redmile (b.1937) took the London interior design scene by storm. Although his work was hugely eclectic, he became best known for his quirky designs taken from the animal kingdom.

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‘A crapshooter throwing dice’

23 March 2020

Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), an American Abstract artist and member of the New York School, was born in Kansas City. He worked at a ceramics factory in his youth, an experience that heavily influenced his tactile methods of painting.

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International interest drives bidding at Bellmans

09 March 2020

Overseas interest fuelled bidding for two of the foreign offerings at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) Interiors sale in Winchester on February 12.

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Middle Eastern medical manuscript proves to be £70,000 saleroom cure

09 March 2020

Said to date from the 12th-14th century, an incomplete and dampstained Middle Eastern medical manuscript sold for £70,000 at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) on February 22.

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Scottish Colourist's view of Villefranche exceeds estimate at Bellmans

02 March 2020

Scottish Colourist George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931) is best known for his strong and vibrant still-lifes but landscapes also feature significantly in his oeuvre – and collectors will spend big to acquire the highest-quality examples.

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