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Cricket painting shows some of the very earliest days at the crease

28 January 2019

An English School painting depicting one of the earliest venues in cricket was knocked down at £14,000 in a Winchester auction.

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Twin touches of early glass shine in the regions

14 January 2019

Serendipity had it that two important, but scantily catalogued, lots of European glass emerged for sale in the south of England in early January.

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Hampshire auction house George Kidner to close

21 December 2018

George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers is to close following the retirement of its founder.

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Bullish result in Surrey

26 November 2018

This fine pair of Victorian silver six-branch candelabra sold to a United Arab Emirates bidder on thesaleroom.com for £13,000 at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Haslemere, Surrey, on October 15.

Romsey fair faces delay

22 October 2018

Grandma’s Attic Fairs has had to postpone its fair at the Potters Heron Hotel in Romsey, Hampshire, due to take place on Sunday, October 28.

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Sickert strikes a Venetian portrait pose

27 August 2018

The setting for this near-monochrome self-portrait, below, by Walter Sickert (1860-1942) is the Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo in Venice and shows the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni and the Scuola Grande di San Marco.

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Liss lass full of life at auction

27 August 2018

Selling above estimate at Jacobs & Hunt (22% buyer’s premium) in Liss, Hampshire, was a life-size bronze by Sydney Harpley (1927-92) titled Umbrella Girl, below.

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Note shows light-hearted Laura Knight

20 August 2018

A cartoon by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) offers a rare and light-hearted look at her married life.

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Tailor-made to fit into Liss selection

02 July 2018

The Meissen model of Count Bruhl’s Tailor was a major attraction at Hampshire auction house Jacobs & Hunt (26% buyer’s premium).

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19th century flasks go swimmingly at Hannam’s

28 May 2018

Bought in a French flea market as a set, seven 19th century salt-glazed fish-shaped spirit flasks were entered into Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) sale at Selborne as separate items, each estimated at £80-120.

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Traders believe antiques centre thefts may be linked

30 April 2018

The theft of a piece of pottery from an antiques centre in Hampshire has been met with responses from other shop and centre owners reporting similar occurrences.

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Serpents slither onto vases

30 April 2018

An ideal marriage of skills, rather than a clash of cultures, put a pair of c.1790-1800 Chinese export vases into the limelight at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Selborne.

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Watch touched by the hand of Frod

26 March 2018

While many a hopeful vendor has to be told gently that great-great-grandpa’s pocket watch is worth little more than the melt price of the metal, a complication or major name – such as the signature Ch. Frodsham, London to the movement of this example, below – makes all the difference.

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Rug roughs it out to sell at £19,500

26 February 2018

Cautiously catalogued as mid-19th century and suffering some damage, a large suzani attracted international interest at the Andrew Smith & Son (19% buyer’s premium) Winchester sale.

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Going Dutch in Hampshire

19 February 2018

As with the overall market, Dutch furniture is much less popular than it once was and the 18th century walnut, floral marquetry and ivory-inlaid bombé bureau cabinet, below, had a couple of condition problems for bidders at Andrew Smith (19% buyer’s premium).

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Couple of pearlers at Hampshire auction

04 December 2017

Two examples of the 19th century European craftsmen’s love of mother of pearl shone at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Selborne on November 15.

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Timely reminder of 19th century Bombay business

23 October 2017

A gift from the founder of the Tata global business empire to the architect who designed his Bombay headquarters, this late 19th century Patek Philippe gold hunter pocket watch was an eyecatcher at Andrew Smith (19% buyer’s premium) at Itchen Stoke on September 12.

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Celebrated Singapore artists in Winchester

16 October 2017

The Winchester saleroom Andrew Smith & Son (15% buyer’s premium) unearthed eight works by two of Singapore’s most celebrated 20th century artists for sale on September 13.

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Japanese screen reveals demand

11 September 2017

The slow, but observable, return of competition for fine Japanese works of art was evident at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) of Selborne on August 23 in the form of this large Meiji ivory scholar’s table screen, below.

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Trade asked to be vigilant after huge peacock sculpture stolen

24 August 2017

A 6ft high peacock sculpture by artist Geoffrey Dashwood has been stolen from a garden in the New Forest.