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A market still ticking as pocket watches bring demand at Lawrences of Bletchingley

23 March 2020

A superb collection of 61 pocket watches drew strong demand at a Surrey auction last week as remote bidders, using the phone and online platforms, competed for some outstanding 17th, 18th and 19th century examples.

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Gaming board pays £30,000

23 March 2020

A valuation day in Tunbridge Wells led to the consignment of a late-16th century south German rosewood and bone gaming board at Catherine Southon.

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Unseen for a century, pocket watches bring £145,000 in Surrey sale

20 March 2020

A cache of pocket watches, unseen on the market for close to a century, sold for £145,000 in Surrey today.

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Sylvia Plath’s 'The Bell Jar' sells for £3000 at Surrey auction

16 March 2020

A copy of Sylvia Plath’s 'The Bell Jar' in a well-preserved dust jacket sold for £3000 in a recent Surrey auction may have set a record for any uninscribed or association copy.

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Even a sad Hobbit finds a home

16 March 2020

A copy of JRR Tolkien’s 'The Hobbit' offered in a recent Surrey sale was a first-impression one of 1937, but essentially defined by its truly sad and defective condition.

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Painter portrays a lover

24 February 2020

This early-20th century portrait by Ronald Ossory Dunlop (1894-1973) depicts the actor and artist Jean Shepeard (1904-89).

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ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA: Poster artwork is star attraction

17 February 2020

The market for both film and music posters is booming but original artwork for such designs can also be a very collectable option for buyers.

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Dorothea Sharp still-life blooms with bold colour in Surrey

17 February 2020

As well as painting sunny pictures of children on the beaches of Cornwall, Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) frequently turned her paintbrush to still-lifes.

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'New prints' refresh Japanese subjects

17 February 2020

Shin-hanga, meaning ‘new prints’, emerged in Japan during the early 20th century. Aimed at Western tastes, the artistic movement combined the traditional colourful woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e with nostalgic and romanticised Japanese subjects.

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Business as usual despite fire at Guildford auction house

04 February 2020

Wellers of Guildford suffered a fire at its premises but has continued to operate its auction schedule despite disruption to phone lines.

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Catherine Southon auction to offer late-16th century gaming board found in bombed-out London

03 February 2020

“As soon as the vendor pulled the board from her bag, I recognised something of serious interest.”

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At Kempton this week: six objects to tempt interior decorators from £20 to four figures

30 January 2020

Kempton isn’t just the preserve of early-rising antique dealers (though some, like BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan, arrive only after 10am).

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Artist Kit Williams' early clues on how to decipher the Masquerade

20 January 2020

The English artist, illustrator and author Christopher ‘Kit’ Williams (b.1946) is best known for the book 'Masquerade', the pictorial storybook which contained clues to the location of an 18ct gold jewelled hare buried somewhere in the British countryside. It created quite a sensation in 1979.

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Youghal basting spoon draws interest in Salisbury

13 January 2020

Alongside pieces made in Kinsale, Galway and Waterford, silver from the small County Cork town of Youghal is among the scarcest of all Irish provincial silver. Only a handful of pieces survive that carry the punning town mark of a yawl.

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Ancient glass reflects modern appeal

16 December 2019

The sale at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Haslemere on October 24 included a substantial collection of ancient (or ancient style) coloured glassware: more than 60 pieces sold across half a dozen group lots.

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Classic coach scene by James Pollard

02 December 2019

This classic mail coach scene by the 19th century painter James Pollard (1792-1867) doubled pre-sale hopes in a picture auction at Surrey saleroom John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Tree of Ages' roots now laid down in Surrey

25 November 2019

Launched two years ago at a Victorian mansion at Nutley in Surrey by local antiques dealer David Steel, the 25-dealer 'Tree of Ages Antiques Fair' runs four times a year at Robert Denholm House.

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Thames boat club calls on trade to help find boathouse clock

21 November 2019

The memorial clock on the outside of the boathouse of the Dittons Skiff and Punting Club in Thames Ditton has been stolen and members have appealed to the antiques trade to help find it.

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Seat of power: Churchill maquette

11 November 2019

Less familiar than some of the busts and maquettes of Winston Churchill by Oscar Nemon (1906-85) was this bronze resin maquette, below, offered at Catherine Southon’s (18% buyer’s premium) sale in Selsdon, Surrey.

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Markets are top for the props

04 November 2019

Special loading area created to cope with increased buying from film and TV companies