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Welsh furniture dealer offers cupboard at festival

10 June 2019

Tim Bowen Antiques brings this Welsh oak cwpwrdd bara caws (bread and cheese cupboard) to the midsummer Carmarthenshire event Midsummer Cahoots at the Hall (June 22-30).

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Towy Events say it's business as usual at Carmarthen despite part of showground sold off

03 June 2019

The south Wales town of Carmarthen also featured in The Sunday Times ‘Best Places’ list and one of its attractions is the popular large monthly antiques and fleamarket held at the United Counties Showground in Carmarthen.

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Icons of France emerge in Carmarthen

18 March 2019

This pair of plates, one of them extensively damaged and riveted, proved much more popular than predicted in a sale held in Carmarthen by Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) last month.

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Welsh antiques dealer enhances contemporary art show with loan of traditional furniture

20 February 2019

A 19th century Welsh oak bureau is among the furniture that Carmarthenshire dealer Tim Bowen has lent to enhance a local exhibition on creativity.

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Catalogue hides a Canova

03 September 2018

An intriguing item with important international artistic links is on offer at Towy Fairs’ Carmarthen Antiques and Fleamarket on Sunday, September 9.

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Search for promised land in Wales

06 August 2018

This small 7 x 91/2in (18 x 24cm) oil on panel Biblical scene by the Victorian artist William Edward Frost (1810-77), below, doubled its top guide at Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) of Carmarthen on July 11.

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Guards at the Carmarthen sale forefront

06 August 2018

A famous royal regiment was remembered at the Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Carmarthen.

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Paper butterfly flutters into Welsh fair

23 July 2018

The Victorian fascination for natural history led to many a front parlour having as its centrepiece a cased display of butterflies.

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Plate on offer at Welsh fair recalls the elephant in the court room

11 December 2017

A child’s plate that celebrates a performing elephant which was bizarrely accused of murdering her keeper will be an unusual highlight at Towy Events’ last antiques and fleamarket of the year.

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Welsh gardens event is a growth market

18 April 2017

Since its launch eight years ago, Derwen Fairs’ antiques and vintage market at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales has gone from a one to two-day run, trebled in size to 100 stands and has four dates this year.

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Welsh whisky bottles sell for over £14,000 at Carmarthen auction

20 December 2016

English wines are steadily gaining a reputation for decent quality, with sparkling styles in particular starting to challenge Champagne as an alternative patriotic option. Back in 1889, it was Welsh whisky throwing the gauntlet down to Scotland in the hope of supping long-running success.

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Swansea tea caddy makes £9000

09 January 2014

Top price of the day at Peter Francis’ recent sale in Carmarthen was provided by this 4½in (11cm) Swansea creamware tea caddy made in the early years of the Cambrian Pottery.

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Beardsley’s drawing of Chopin knocked down to Maas

13 August 2012

An illustration of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin by Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was the star attraction at a recent auction in Wales.

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Beardsley’s drawing of Chopin

12 July 2012

Appearing in Carmarthen on July 24, this illustration of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin by author Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was discovered during a routine house call by auctioneers Peter Francis.

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Pope’s hat in Carmarthen

21 May 2012

This papal skull cap or zuchetto will feature in the fine art and antiques auction at Peter Francis of Carmarthen on May 29.

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A comprehensive history of Welsh bardic chairs

07 November 2009

FOLLOWING on from his magnum opus on the Welsh dresser, Carmarthenshire dealer Richard Bebb has turned his attention to the history of another quintessentially Welsh form, the ceremonial bardic chairs traditionally awarded to the winning poets at an Eisteddfod.

Auctioneer stung by fake £20 notes

11 August 2008

An unidentified culprit used counterfeit cash to purchase an item in an auction of general antiques at Peter Francis Auctioneers of West Wales on July 15.

Carmarthen is sized up

23 December 2004

CARMARTHEN’S own Towy Antiques Fairs ended the year on a high note with good sales across the board at their Christmas Carmarthen Antiques & Collectors’ Fair, held at the local showground on December 11 and 12.

Quality control at the showground

01 September 2004

ARGUABLY the most popular of the five events a year held by Towy Antiques Fairs at the United Counties Showground, Carmarthen is the September staging. The approaching event on the weekend of September 11 and 12 has been fully booked with its full complement of 180 exhibitors since early in the year.

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Fewer stands? That’s a measure of Carmarthen success

07 July 2004

ONE of Wales’s premier regular antiques events, almost certainly the most popular, has its summer outing on the weekend of July 17 and 18 when The Carmarthen Antiques & Collectors’ Fair runs at the United Counties Showground.