Jan Wijnants’ painting

Jan Wijnants’ painting Landscape with hawkers and sportsmen, 1659, has been bought by English Heritage.

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Dutch Golden Age work returns to hall

English Heritage has bought a Dutch Golden Age picture that had previously been on loan to one of its properties in South Yorkshire.

Jan Wijnants’ painting Landscape with hawkers and sportsmen, 1659, will return to Brodsworth Hal l and Gardens near Doncaster.

The Victorian country house had displayed the picture since it was built in 1863 for Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson and his wife Georgiana. They displayed it in their dining room with other Dutch and Flemish Old Masters.

English Heritage was able to make the purchase from the private owners via grants from the Art Fund and £152,500 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

The painting was previously part of a noted art collection amassed by William Theobald, a London lawyer, in the mid- 19th century.

The collection was sold following Theobald’s death in 1850 and his daughter Georgiana and her husband were able to buy it and put it on display in their new home.

Apollo makes short move in London

Snake bracelet

Ptolemaic gold-covered copper arm snake bracelet, estimate £7500-14,000 at Apollo Art Auctions.

Apollo Art Auctions has recently relocated to 63-64 Margaret Street, close to Oxford Street. It relocated from Bermondsey.

Its sister company Apollo Galleries continues to trade from its home near the British Museum.

The new auction location in Margaret Street includes a showroom and bidding room. It has also introduced two new departments: Contemporary art and Asian art.

Its next auction will be its Fine Ancient Art & Antiquities auction on November 5.

Brammer joins the EWB team

Simon Billing, Annabel Brammer and Max Bettney

EWB’s Simon Billing, Annabel Brammer and Max Bettney.

Ellis Willis & Beckett (EWB) has hired Annabel Brammer, previously of Derbyshire firm Bamfords, to head of valuations and ceramics. EWB, which can trace its roots to 1870, was relaunched in 2021 by two former staff members of Bamfords: Simon Billing and Max Bettney. The firm has recently expanded and moved to a new location in Broadfield Road, Sheffield.

Brammer was the co-founder of Bamfords of Derby (established in 2002) and also formerly worked at Neales of Nottingham. She started her career at Biddle and Webb in Birmingham.

EWB will hold its inaugural Fine Art sale on October 31.

Knowles now a Hansons consultant

Eric Knowles

Eric Knowles, who has joined Hansons Auctioneers as a consultant.

Ceramics and glass specialist Eric Knowles has joined Hansons Auctioneers as a consultant. He will oversee the firm’s Moorcroft-to-Lalique 20th century sales of antiques and collectables and will host a series of valuation events across the firm’s saleroom locations.

Greer becomes jewellery head

Paul Greer

Paul Greer.

Fellows Auctioneers has appointed Paul Greer as international head of jewellery in its London office.

Greer joins from jeweller Bentley & Skinner where he had worked since 1992, most recently as manager and co-director. He started his career with G Cornell & Sons in Maidstone, Kent and then worked at New Cavendish Jewellers in Marylebone and Dibdin & Co in Sloane Street.

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