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Bake to basics approach to bread making

20 May 2024

Owen Simmons was a bit of a bread fan, it is fair to say. A lecturer at the National Bakery School in London, he produced the lavish book shown here.

Girl in a Black Dress by Dod Procter

Early Dod Procter portrait turns heads at West Sussex auction

16 May 2024

A bidding battle broke out at Bellmans in West Sussex yesterday for an early and engaging portrait by Dod Procter (1890-1972), setting the second highest auction price ever recorded for the artist.

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Simply the chest at Petworth

06 May 2024

Practical campaign furniture is one of the stars as West Sussex event reaches its 10th anniversary

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Satyrs and nymphs back at Billingshurst

29 April 2024

The first auctions of the year at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst – a live event on March 26 and a sealed bids sale on March 27 – included this pair of rare Portland stone groups of a nymph and satyr by Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885-1934).

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Davenport displays Irish touch

29 April 2024

Irish marquetry furniture is a very distinctive form of decorative technique associated in particular with Killarney.

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Works sourced from artists' relatives add interest to West Sussex sale

29 April 2024

Works consigned by family descendants of artists proved to be an intriguing aspect of the latest Old Master, British & European Paintings sale at Bellmans (25% buyer’s premium).

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‘First black person to be depicted on a sampler’

29 April 2024

Jeremy Knight, a book collector and the former curator of Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, believes he has purchased an artwork that is “the earliest-known illustration of a black person on an English sampler”.

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Word on the street market scene

15 April 2024

With a West Sussex event about to start, we take a look at the appeal of these outdoor opportunities

The Fall of King Nebuchadnezzar

Bidding battle for Old Testament painting despite condition issues

08 April 2024

A monumental painting of an Old Testament subject, which came to auction in a gloomy state, drew a remarkable bidding battle at a West Sussex sale.

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Trough digs out another Spry auction success

01 April 2024

This large rectangular earthenware trough, measuring 20in (21cm) across the handles, is part of the range of flower containers made by the Fulham Pottery for the society florist Constance Spry (1886-1960) from the mid-1930s to the 1950s.

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Watch counted as thanks to magazine editor Dickens

18 March 2024

A trio of lots relating to Charles Dickens offered at Chichester saleroom Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) included a presentation pocket watch.

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Bidder dives in at the deep end to buy desirable US Navy equipment

11 March 2024

A professional diver snapped up a up a vintage US Navy diving helmet that surfaced in the middle of the English countryside.

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Map gives a one-sided religious global view

04 March 2024

John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Paintings sale in Fernhurst on February 20 included a good example of The Pictorial Missionary Map of the World - a rarity that appears at auction perhaps once in every decade.

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Purple patch – Arts & Crafts collection of dealer duo comes to auction

04 March 2024

Collection of dealers who founded a shop and popular brand is up for sale next month in Sussex, offering more than 600 lots in a dedicated sale

New and old events to look forward to

19 February 2024

Jackie Edwards of ACVR Events has added an 11th event to her portfolio of markets in Surrey, Hampshire and west Berkshire.

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Italian tazzae take top prices as part of Belgravia selection

12 February 2024

The first part of a sale offering the contents of a house on Belgrave Square went under the hammer at Bellmans (25% buyer’s premium).

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Betjeman: the personal connection

05 February 2024

Gifts given by the late Poet Laureate to his friend show how interesting items can be bought for three figures

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La Belle France art styles shine in Sussex

29 January 2024

A portrait by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) is the chief work in the exhibition La Belle France at Ottocento in Petworth.

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Scottish scene stars in selection of Modern British pictures in Petworth

04 December 2023

'Landscape and Figures' by Archibald McGlashan (1888-1980) is among the highlights at Ottocento’s Modern British art exhibition.

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Grandma’s Attic Fair in Chichester is full

20 November 2023

Running in Chichester on December 3 is Grandma’s Attic Fairs’ antiques and vintage fair at the Westgate Leisure Centre.