The Guinevere look including a marquetry inlaid vellum sideboard by Italian designers Giuseppe Anzani and Paolo Buffa, estimated at £7000-£10,000 at Dreweatts.

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Guinevere passes 60 at Dreweatts

Kings Road antiques gallery Guinevere is to hold an auction of stock at Dreweatts on May 23.

The gallery has traded from Kings Road for 60 years and is in the process of restructuring the business with an increased focus on online trade. It plans to downsize its current physical galleries and has put the properties on the market.

The auction is the first step in this process. The antiques hub was founded by French-born Genevieve Weaver, who moved to London in the 1960s.

The business is now run by Genevieve’s sons Kevin and Marc Weaver and Marc’s wife Heather Weaver.

The firm started at the same address in 1963 but has acquired buildings on either side of Kings Road over the years and its current four shops now collectively occupy more than 7500 sq ft.

Edinburgh gallery event in June

An event celebrating Edinburgh’s commercial galleries launches this summer.

NT Art Month runs from June 8-30 featuring 10 galleries around Edinburgh’s New Town plus a pop-up exhibition at a Dundas Street wine bar.

Many of the participants have a contemporary focus. However, two notable firms will offer more traditional works. Harvey & Woodd exhibits Scottish art from the 19th century to the present, while the exhibition Summer at The Fine Art Society, launching June 2, features Scottish and British paintings and decorative art and furniture from the 19th and 20th century.

Other participants are The Scottish Gallery, Powderhall Bronze Editions and Open Eye Gallery.

The event begins with a late-night opening on June 7.

Hub rebranded as Lawrences Wessex

Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne has merged with The Auction Hub in Westbury, Wiltshire.

Lawrences was bought by Auctionet, the Swedish online auction platform, last year and Auctionet also runs The Auction Hub.

The Auction Hub will continue to operate from its Westbury salerooms under the new name of Lawrences Wessex. Founded in 2011, Auctionet has also invested in Rushbrooks Auctioneers in Winchester.

Grant to study Nazi era provenances

Christie’s has announced its latest grant for three scholars focused on Nazi -era provenance investigations. The grant of £5000 each will fund academic post-graduate research. Each recipient will also receive professional mentorship with a member of Christie’s international restitution team.

Applications for the 2023 Christie’s Grant for Nazi-Era Provenance Research are open until May 31, with recipients announced on December 3.

Griffin’s opens with letter from Queen

Letter from the late Queen

A letter written by the late Queen in Malta, estimated at £600-1000, at Griffin’s April 18 sale.

A new auction house has launched in Warwickshire. Griffin’s Auctioneers is run by Ben Griffin, previously at Warwick & Warwick.

The saleroom, in a business park in Warwick, holds monthly sales of art, antiques and collectables (alongside specialist sales).

Among the lots in its upcoming April 18 sale is a selection of correspondence from the late Queen and her sister Princess Margaret to their riding instructor Mr Smith. A letter written by the Princess Elizabeth from Malta in 1950 discussing her new-found appreciation of polo is estimated at £600-1000.

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The value of a cheque in guineas from Randolph Churchill given to the doctor who officiated at the birth of his son Winston in 1874. The gift is referred to in a letter from Churchill senior to ‘F. Taylor Esquire’ thanking him for his ‘skilful management of, and careful attention to, her Ladyship’. Written on Blenheim Palace headed paper, the letter comes for sale at Dawsons on April 27, estimate £1000-2000.