Gorringes

Gorringes of Lewes, East Sussex are an estate agent and auctioneer that were founded in the 1920s. Today the firm also has offices in Tunbridge Wells.

Gorringes holds large general sales every month as well as a series of specific auctions throughout the year dedicated to specialities such as fine art, wine, interiors and Asian art.


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Waterhouse name boosts oil sketch

07 January 2019

This unfinished oil sketch of a tree was kept by pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) until his death and sold in his last major studio sale, held in 1926 at Christie’s.

Slipware jug

What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a dated slipware jug from the time of Charles I and a Beswick huntsman figure

21 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a portrait of a red bonnet-wearing lady, a Beswick huntsman figure and slipware jug from the time of Charles I.

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Pick of the week: Precocious Pugin showcased by Windsor Castle work aged 15

17 December 2018

A table designed by a teenaged Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) for Windsor Castle sold for £23,500 (plus 21% buyer’s premium) at Gorringe’s of Lewes on December 4.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a Renaissance revival ewer and a vodka-drinking Russian

07 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a piece by the ‘crystal king of England’, a Japanese style sword, a vodka-drinking Russian figure and a Renaissance revival ewer.

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Bid barometer

20 October 2018

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period October 4-11, 2018. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Paris dancer swings into sale

08 October 2018

Striking depiction of Folies Bergère entertainer is among eclectic selection offered in Sussex.

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Saleroom revved up for Lalique mascots

13 August 2018

An extensive collection of René Lalique ‘mascots’ amassed by a collector and dealer who wrote a book on the subject is coming up at auction in East Sussex.

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Lalique mascots collection amassed by author Geoffrey G Weiner up at auction in Lewes

07 August 2018

René Lalique has been dubbed the most celebrated glassmaker in the world by 1925 at the height of the Art Deco era, and among the vast range of his wares so much is available for collectors to concentrate on.

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Early club from a cellar in Fife becomes £26,000 seller in Lewes

02 July 2018

This hitherto unknown iron – part of select group of perhaps a dozen very early golf clubs from the late 17th or early 18th century – emerged at Gorringe’s in Lewes on June 26.

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Antwerp view tops last of the West Horsley Place lots at auction

29 January 2018

An 1894 pencil drawing of a street in Antwerp by Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903) was among the last contents offered at auction from West Horsley Place, the Grade I-listed mansion in Surrey owned by historian and broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne.

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Second slice of West Horsley Place contents sale is in East Sussex

02 January 2018

Following the multi-million-pound sale at Sotheby’s in 2015, more items from West Horsley Place, the remarkable Grade I listed mansion in Surrey, are to be sold at auction to raise money for urgent repairs.

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Chinese archaic bronzes collection takes flight in Lewes

04 December 2017

The Jean-Claude Lepileur (1926-2016) collection of Chinese archaic bronzes offered as a stand-alone collection at Gorringe’s in Lewes on November 28 totalled £582,000.

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Lively furniture demand boosts Lewes and Crewkerne auctions

30 October 2017

With impressive bids from UK, Continental and US buyers on lots from paperweights and 17th century oak carvings to snuff boxes, and surprisingly high bids on fine English furniture, the Autumn Fine Sale at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) topped the £1m hammer mark.

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Reclusive artist displays surreal way to fill your Spare time

16 October 2017

During his nights spent ‘fire-spotting’ for flying bombs during the Blitz, it is said the artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare (1888-1956) would while away the hours filling sketchbooks.

Newton was master of the universe but not money

17 July 2017

Sold by RR Auction (25/22.5% buyer’s premium) on June 14 was a financial document of November 1721 bearing the signature of Isaac Newton – an order to pay to a Dr Francis Fauquier the dividend due on his substantial investment in the South Sea Company.

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Nevinson aerial print impresses in East Sussex sale

10 July 2017

Another work by CRW Nevinson (1889-1946) in the form of an aerial wartime print was offered in Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) June 27 sale.

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Collection of Greenwich's The Spread Eagle pub consigned to Gorringes

26 June 2017

Until its conversion into a pizzeria and cocktail bar three years ago, The Spread Eagle pub in Greenwich had hardly changed since its origins as a 17th century coaching inn.

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Asian art Japanese: Tomatada shines in Katchen collection

05 June 2017

The centrepiece of Bonhams’ Japanese offering on May 11 was the second part of the extraordinary collection of netsuke formed by US concert pianist Julius Katchen (1926-69) and his wife Arlette.

Rich seams for dealers and auctioneers from Portuguese ‘golden period’

18 April 2017

From noble jewels to semi-precious gems, a show in May will celebrate a ‘golden period’ of Portuguese jewellery in the 18th century. Here we preview the exhibition and then present other recent and forthcoming sale highlights.

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Furniture rarities raise market morale

18 April 2017

Three high-quality sales from the north to the south gave a cheerful air to spring. The catalogue at Tennants in North Yorkshire pretty much covered the range but in Sussex and Buckinghamshire the emphasis was on furniture.

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