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Works owned by Australian artist Sydney Nolan on offer in UK sale

09 April 2018

Provenance played a key role in the performance of a small group of pictures formerly owned by one of Australia’s biggest artists, Sidney Nolan (1917-92).

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Gandolfi rediscovery sets house record in Leominster

02 April 2018

An oil on copper painting depicting Saint Joseph by the Bolognese artist Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802) was the highlight of Brightwells’ spring fine art sale in Leominster on March 21-22.

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Taxidermy is hot stuff in Shropshire

05 February 2018

Henry Shaw (1812-87) is a well-known name in the world of antique taxidermy.

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Victorian interiors shine in the saleroom despite dull outlook

04 December 2017

The sluggish area of Victorian genre painting provided Brightwells (20% buyer’s premium) with one of its top-sellers at the November 8-9 sale in Leominster.

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Biannual fair held at Burton Court delivers great results, says established decorative dealer

02 October 2017

If Julia Brisbane, organiser of Antiques in Tents, ever wanted a publicist for her biannual traditional and decorative antiques fairs at Burton Court, near Leominster, she need look no further than one of her exhibitors, decorative dealer Kieran Mathewson.

Cornucopia of works on paper reveals early 20th French gem

14 August 2017

Large numbers of lots identified only as folders, boxes and albums full of prints, watercolours, maps and so on offered in a Brightwells (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale of July 5 included one disarmingly catalogued, in full, as ‘Sketches, Watercolours, Prints of Naked Ladies, chiefly’. It sold at £500.

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Pick of the Week: Shedding light on a £26,000 lantern

07 August 2017

Triple lens or Triunial magic lanterns were the iPhone 8 of their day. Since the days of the Sturm lantern in the 17th century, the technology had developed from basic projectors producing small, dimly lit images, to these magnificent machines capable of spectacular technicolour lantern entertainments.

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Country house fair shows great in tent

08 May 2017

Dealer Julie Brisbane’s triannual Antiques in Tents has been described in glowing terms by an American visitor as “a fair with a fantastic range and quality and probably the most enjoyable and charming fair I have ever visited”.

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Hackney brings in the money – early Lawrence Gowing view of London takes record £40,000

10 August 2016

A record price for a work by Sir Lawrence Gowing (1918-1991) came at the latest fine art sale held by Brightwells of Leominster.

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Hereford Antiques Centre closes after 25 years due to rising costs

01 August 2016

The rising cost of building maintenance contributed to the final closure of Hereford Antique Centre which houses nearly 25 dealers.

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A marvel in marquetry

02 April 2015

This c.1690 marquetry cabinet on stand in the manner of the Anglo-Dutch maker Gerrit Jensen (d.1715) sold for £35,000 at the latest sale at Brightwells of Leominster.

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Noah’s Ark draws in the bidders

22 August 2014

German-made painted wood Noah’s arks, appealing to folk art and toy collectors alike, don’t get much better than this mid-19th century example sold recently at Brightwells in Leominster.

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Church robbers strike again

13 January 2014

A renewed appeal for information has been made after part of a medieval burial stone was stolen in Herefordshire as thieves targeting church monuments seem to have become active again.

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The board game that 'taught kids to be anti-semitic'

04 April 2013

Although offensive to 20th century mores, ‘The New and Fashionable Game of the Jew’ was deemed a suitable pastime for children at the turn of the 19th century.

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Paul Sandby’s view of Shrewsbury

07 March 2013

The Old Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury was a view favoured by a number of 18th century artists including J.M.W. Turner and Richard Wilson.

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Leather drinking vessels from the 17th century

26 February 2013

A group of 17th century black leather drinking vessels – three bottells, two jacks and pair of bombards – surfaced at a recent sale held by Brightwells of Leominster.

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Local landmark takes Flight

17 December 2011

FAME, rarity and the finest provenance propelled a c.1795 gilded and painted Worcester vase and cover to a predictable top spot at the latest sale held by Brightwells at Leominster.

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Great Brampton House contents to be sold onsite

26 August 2008

Bonhams are to sell the contents of Great Brampton House, Herefordshire, home to the antiques business of long-standing dealer Lady Pidgeon. The sale will take place on October 1 onsite in the grounds of the estate and will feature over 700 lots of furniture, works of art, Asian ceramics and paintings.

Decorative touches add value

01 March 2005

Brightwells, Leominster, January 12-13 Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent Illuminating this 900-lot Hereford-shire sale was the English brass candlestick featured on the front page of ATG No.1675, February 5, which was taken to £4600 in the confident belief it was a period 16th century example.

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Pom beats Aussies to six colonial memories

01 March 2005

A group of 19th century sepia drawings, depicting Aborigines in Queensland, came up for auction at Brightwells (15% buyer’s premium) sale of paintings and prints on January 26 in Leominster, Herefordshire.