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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Even a Bevan study gallops to £18,000 these days

04 December 2023

Some notable auction action has been generated by the artist Robert Polhill Bevan (1865-1925) over the last few months.

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Photos cover imperial visits in the days of the Raj

16 October 2023

The opening two lots of Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Art & Antiques sale on October 3 were leather-bound albums of photographs from British India.

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Rare Canadiana in Sussex… and another Norman Bobins

28 August 2023

Estimated at £300-500, a group of five hand-coloured prints of early 19th century Canada sold for £8500 at Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.

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Mason’s shows signs of making a collecting comeback

28 August 2023

Is Mason’s ironstone going through a collecting Renaissance? Well, perhaps

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Newspaper cartoonist Giles attracts serious collecting interest

07 August 2023

In recent times the work of newspaper cartoonists has been reassessed with a nod to its artistic, technical and historical merit.

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Webb depicts majesty of Greenwich Palace in smaller form

01 May 2023

Born into a family of artists, James Webb (c.1825-95) became a prolific painter primarily of landscapes, seascapes and river scenes depicting locations around England and Wales as well as the Netherlands, France, Italy and southern Spain.

Philip Taylor

Taylor steps down from Gorringe’s managing partner role

27 March 2023

Philip Taylor is stepping down as managing partner of East Sussex auction house Gorringe’s.

Poole Pottery dish

Poole pottery charger by ‘the quiet virtuoso’ takes 30-times estimate at auction

06 March 2023

The Weekly Antiques Sale at Gorringe’s on February 27 included this fine Poole Pottery charger.

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Ashbee’s decanter revisited by Guild

06 March 2023

The quasi-medieval silver and glass ‘claret bottle’ designed by Charles Robert Ashbee for the Guild of Handicraft is one of the great pieces of the Arts & Crafts movement. Ashbee mentions it in his 1909 book Modern English Silver, saying: “The shape is taken from an Elizabethan sack-bottle found when digging the foundations of [my home] the Magpie and Stump in Chelsea.”

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Focus on Chinese five-figure buys from the regions

10 October 2022

Although catalogued as Kangxi period, an ovoid blue and white vase offered by Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium) on September 20 is a Transitional piece.

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Part 1 of a ‘vast’ topographical library at Gorringe’s

12 September 2022

Gorringe’s book sale on October 11 in Lewes includes part 1 of the ‘vast selection’ of British topographical works from the library of Dr Brian Austen.

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Famous owners Tuke and Klimt enhance early 20th century items

05 September 2022

This textbook Edwardian Arts & Crafts planished silver chalice by Omar Ramsden and fellow Sheffield-born designer Alwyn Carr, pictured below, is of extra interest for its inscription.

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Arthur Rackham rarity bound to please

29 August 2022

A 1914 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland proved one of the principal attractions in a July 26 sale held by Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium).

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Inscribed and dated delft in demand in Glasgow and Lewes sales

18 July 2022

An English delft drug jar offered by Great Western Auctions (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow was both a polychrome and a documentary piece.

Hollow Form with White Interior by Barbara Hepworth

Unique wooden sculpture sets auction record for Barbara Hepworth at Christie’s

30 June 2022

A series of high sums for works in different media by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) demonstrated the steadily growing appetite and prices for the artist.

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Obituary: Julian George Dawson (1940-2022)

11 April 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the death, at the age of 82, of Julian Dawson, our much-loved former colleague and partner, writes Philip Taylor of Gorringe’s.

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‘Agatha Miller’ mystery solved

04 April 2022

Dictionary inscription is that of the crime novelist’s maiden name, adding to value.

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Bullfight for a Picasso charger with reverse appeal

21 March 2022

Picasso produced more than 3500 ceramic designs and created 633 different ceramic editions between 1947-71.

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Sermons and rabbiting on

21 February 2022

Two very different lots from a Sussex sale are noted here: a German manuscript of Lenten sermons and the tale of a toy rabbit.

Robin Fletcher and Steven Fyfe

Antiques specialists team up for their own antiques road trip for charity

22 January 2022

Dealer Steven Fyfe of Spencelayhs Antiques of Cambridgeshire and Robin Fletcher of Bentley’s Fine Art Auctioneers have embarked on a road trip to buy and sell antiques to raise money for their chosen charity.

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