South-east England


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Reaching the heights of Lawrence of Arabia at auction

20 September 2021

As 1980s rocker Shakin’ Stevens once sang: ‘Green Door, what’s that secret you’re keeping?’

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Ottoman panel used as tomb cover sells ten times above estimate at Dreweatts

20 September 2021

This large Ottoman metal thread and silk hanging features a dedication to Sultan Ahmed III (1673-1736).

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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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Grima and Roux cook up a unique recipe

20 September 2021

His daring organic sculptural designs re-energised the British jewellery scene in post-war Britain, now Andrew Grima’s (1921-2007) creations are leading the revival of ‘60s and ‘70s designer jewellery on the secondary market.

Silver tankard

Pick of the week: Putting China on course for golf

13 September 2021

Estimated at £400-600, this 7in (17cm) high Chinese export silver dragon handled tankard sold for a much higher sum.

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It must be Malta again

13 September 2021

Once again illustrating that few countries of origin have as great an impact on furniture prices as Malta, this 18th century commode sold for £6800 at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) July 29 Maidenhead sale.

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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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The hat fits for Lutyens

13 September 2021

Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) designed a number of daring light fittings for his architectural projects – all of them rare and desirable objects.

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Bidders recognise maiolica dish as three centuries older than catalogued

13 September 2021

Although catalogued as 19th century, this 10½in (27cm) maiolica dish is more probably 16th century.

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Rare example of an 'enconchado' painting makes 30-times estimate at Surrey auction

06 September 2021

An intriguing variation on an Old Master sparked a strong competition at Parker Fine Art (25% buyer’s premium) earlier this summer.

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Meet the Henley upcycling specialist with an eight-week waiting list

06 September 2021

Henley-on-Thames interior designer Sharon Ingoldby, aka The Restoration Queen, is working flat out on upcycling projects.

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Not bad for a sewer find – 400-year-old candlestick proves 'where there’s muck there’s brass'

06 September 2021

With the unusual provenance of having been dug out of a London sewer during excavations in 1930, the 15th or early 16th century copper alloy candlestick shown here underlined the truth of the maxim that where there’s muck there’s brass.

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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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Dealer offers Rich pickings

30 August 2021

A new dealer at the Henley Décor Fair later this month will be Alexander ‘Sandy’ Rich of Tregeagle Fine Art.

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Sisters' sampler skills on show at Mallams' auction

30 August 2021

Samplers made by siblings or generations of the same family can attract a significant commercial premium.

Chinese vase

Chinese vase used to repay debt takes six-figure sum at Hampshire auction

23 August 2021

Hannam’s in Selborne, Hampshire, has achieved a new house record with the sale of this Qing famille rose vase for £520,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

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Inside track on Kempton Park

23 August 2021

Sunbury Antiques announces that the main grandstand will be reopening for indoor trading

Pleyel grand piano

Piano restorer David Winston’s ‘unique’ collection comes to auction at Dreweatts

18 August 2021

Newbury saleroom Dreweatts is to offer an impressive private collection of rare pianos in the autumn.

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Bids tabled for £60,000 Prague pietra dura casket

16 August 2021

Eight phone bidders competed for this splendid ebony and pietra dura table casket offered at a recent auction at Claydon Auctioneers in Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire.

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‘Canaletto’ Venetian scene surfaces in Lewes

16 August 2021

A painting of Venice’s Dogana da Mar painted from the Bacino di San Marco which has been attributed to Canaletto (1697-1768) will be offered at Gorringe’s of Lewes in the autumn.

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