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August 13, 2012

A photo montage from the launch of The Steeple Times

by Matthew Steeples

Images from our launch at Blakes Hotel in June 2012   Guests included Alexandra Abrahams, Aliona Adrianova, Jackie Branston, Anthony Brown, Peter and Carmen Burrell, Richard and Basia Briggs, Adam Caldwell, Sarah Canet, Victoria Casewell-Lunn, Katie Finegan, Beverley Gander, Heimir Helgason, The Hon. Christopher and Mardi Gilmour, Aita Ighodaro, Anton Lorien, Bill and Jan Martin, … Continue reading “A photo montage from the launch of The Steeple Times”

July 30, 2012

A top Roller

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Sir Jimmy Savile’s Rolls-Royce   This morning a Rolls-Royce that belonged to Sir Jimmy Savile will be sold by auctioneers Dreweatts.   The car, a 2002 last-of-line Corniche, was purchased by Savile in 2007 and is finished in Silver Ghost with Cotswold cream leather seating with blue piping. Savile personalised the car … Continue reading “A top Roller”

July 3, 2012

Jeweltastic

by Matthew Steeples

A private view of handcrafted pieces by Arianna Cerrito By Claire Rubinstein   Tomorrow, Wednesday 4th July, sees the leading-edge jewellery and fashion designer Arianna Cerrito host an exclusive private sale event at her beautiful London home.   Readers of The Steeples Times are invited to attend and offered a sneak peek at some of … Continue reading “Jeweltastic”

June 30, 2012

Win tickets to Masterpiece

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times prize draw for tickets to Masterpiece London 2012   Masterpiece London 2012 is a truly spectacular event. Held between the 28th June and 4th July in the grounds of The Royal Hospital in Chelsea, this fair features the very best antiques, art and luxury goods in the world.   We at The … Continue reading “Win tickets to Masterpiece”

Steeple Rock

by Matthew Steeples

An outstanding painting by Edward William Cooke   At Masterpiece yesterday, a painting immediately caught my eye on Martyn Gregory’s stand but what intrigued me further was the title attached to it.   Steeple Rock, signed and dated 1873, attracted my interest firstly because of its outstanding quality but equally, as I’d never heard of … Continue reading “Steeple Rock”

A Corgi Classic

by Matthew Steeples

The “Corgi” Rolls-Royce sells for £4 million   Yesterday, at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale at Goodwood, near Chichester, a 1912 Rolls Royce Double Pullman Limousine achieved over double the estimate when it sold for £4,705,500.   Considered to be one of the rarest Rolls-Royce cars in existence, this 100-year old vehicle acquired … Continue reading “A Corgi Classic”

June 19, 2012

The Miracle of Winslow

by Matthew Steeples

Stowe Opera’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ at Winslow Hall   In July 2012, the Stowe Opera Company will perform Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in the grounds of Winslow Hall in Buckinghamshire.   The Stowe Opera Company was founded in 1995 by the renowned musician and conductor Robert Secret and originally performed in the grounds of Stowe … Continue reading “The Miracle of Winslow”

June 18, 2012

The rise of the rucksack

by Claire Rubinstein

The accessory of choice for fashion agnostics or a healthy two fingers to style? By Claire Rubinstein   London is in the midst of an epidemic. So widespread is the affliction that it seems no area has escaped its advances. From St James’s to the Square Mile, from Notting Hill to Belgravia, the normally stylish … Continue reading “The rise of the rucksack”