Autumn Fine Sale at Bellmans Sussex


Bellmans Sussex are hosting their biggest auction of 2017, the Autumn Fine Auction, between 7th–9th November.  The sale comprises 2400 lots of antiques, interiors, collectables, Asian art, paintings, books, silver and jewellery and more, and is elevated by the inclusion of several notable specialist collections.

The clocks department are hosting their bi-annual Fine auction, which this time includes ninety nine clocks, barometers and scientific instruments. Two outstanding pieces are Lot 759, a fine William III walnut and foliate marquetry longcase clock by John Williamson, Leeds, circa 1700, which carries an auction estimate of £10,000-15,000, and Lot 1080, a large Lalique ‘Sirenes’ opalescent and frosted glass clock, first designed in 1928, which is expected to realise £8,000-12,000.

Dressing the Bellmans saleroom to perfection is a single owner collection of bespoke 20th century David Linley furniture, which is jointly estimated to realise in excess of £7,000. David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (born 3 November 1961), styled as Viscount Linley until 2017 and known professionally as David Linley, is an English furniture maker and the former chairman of the auction house Christies UK. The son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Early of Snowdon, he is a grandson of King George VI and is 18th in line of sucession to the British throne, the first in line who is not a descendant of Queen Elizabeth II. Snowdon attended Bedales School, where he developed a passion for arts and crafts. From 1980 to 1982 he studied craftsmanship in wood at Parnham House in Beaminster, Dorset. Snowdon opened a workshop in Dorking, where he designed and made furniture for three years before setting up his own company, David Linley Furniture Ltd (now known as LINLEY) where he makes bespoke furniture, upholstery, and interior design products known for their Neoclassical appearance and use of inlaid woods. He has written numerous books and lectured around the world. Snowdon’s work is sold in retail stores in Belgravia, Harrods and overseas including the Bespoke Collections. The collection being sold by Bellmans represents the beauty and simplicity of Linley’s signature style, and the estimates reflect the quality of the pieces.

Also making music is single owner collection of eight fine and rare guitars, including Lot 875, a six string French guitar by Rene Lacote, Paris, dating from circa 1830, which is estimated to achieve £2,000-3000 alone. The instruments are attracting local, national and international interest from musicians, enthusiasts and collectors alike.

The lead up to Christmas represents a buoyant time for both buying and selling jewellery at Bellmans. The fine jewellery and watches auction consequently has some excellent prospects, including lot 2151, a gold and diamond solitaire ring (weighing approximately 4.10cts), which is estimated to realise £15,000-20,000, and Lot 2175, a pair of Tiffany & Co platinum and diamond ear studs (the diamonds weighing 0.71cts each), which carries a guide price of £3,000-5,000. If the man in your life has done well this year and deserves a festive reward, Lot 2200, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative Chronometer Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch, has a pre-auction estimate of £4,000-6,000 and would certainly show your appreciation!

The entire sale is available to browse online from Tuesday 31st October, and is on view in person from Friday 3rd November. For more information, to request a catalogue or to register your interest, please contact Bellmans on 01403 700858, or email