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Time honoured A watch and personal effects owned by the last emperor of the Qing dynasty go on show at Phillips in London this month ahead of their sale in Geneva.

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The Patek Philippe watch owned by the last emperor Aisin-Gioro Puyi (1906-1967)

will be sold later in the year, along with an inscribed paper fan and manuscript notebook. From 1945 to 1950, the deposed emperor, who ascended the throne as the Xuantong Emperor at the age of three, was held prisoner in the USSR after the Japanese forces surrendered in 1945.

During five years of imprisonment at Khabarovsk detention camp he was befriended by his Russian interpreter, Georgy Permyakov to whom he gave the watch.

Puyi’s life would later be dramatised by Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 film The Last Emperor. The items can be seen at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London, from May 6-7.

Top left A Patek Philippe Reference 96 Quantieme Lune and leather-bound printed edition of Confucius’ Analects on show this month

Above left Aisin-Gioro Puyi (1906-1967). Photo by Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

STAR LOTS More than 300 items belonging to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward will be sold in June in a series of auctions run by Sotheby’s in New York.

The sale will range from shackles used in the film Cool Hand Luke to the dress Woodward wore at her wedding to Newman in 1958.

The couple met in 1953 when they were both cast in the Broadway production of William Inge’s Picnic, sparking what would become a decadeslong romance lasting until Newman died in 2008, aged 83.

Woodward, now 93, has led a life out of the limelight after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.


Woodward’s wedding ring, autographed letters and photographs, antique furniture and the art collected by the couple, as well as Newman’s racing memorabilia and watches will also go under the hammer. The date of the sale is yet to be announced.

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Above Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward holding her Best Actress Oscar, photo by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Gillows humour A Lancashire museum, which holds the largest collection of Gillows furniture on public display anywhere in the world, has announced plans for a new exhibition.

Gillows of Lancaster – A Global Story opens on June 29 at the recently-unveiled Gillows Gallery, part of the Judges’ Lodgings Museum in Lancaster.

The new gallery tells the story of three centuries of the most important regional furniture makers in British history. It will also will explore Gillows’ rise from a regional manufacturer to worldwide manufacturer before its eventual demise in the 20th century.

Left An early Gillows’ trade card will be part of the exhibition, image courtesy of Lancashire Archives, Lancashire County Council.

A silk court dress with embroidery by the House of Worth, worn by Lady Curzon, Vicereine of India, c. 1903-1905

Gloves are on The Fashion Museum in Bath has taken up temporary accommodation at the luxury glovemaker Dents in Warminster while work continues on its new home in Bath.

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The museum closed its doors at the Assembly Rooms at the end of last October, moving its 100,000-strong collection to a secure storage facility on the outskirts of the Wiltshire town.

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Museum manager, Rosemary Harden, said: “It ’s the ideal space for the collection and a fantastic opportunity to forge closer links between the museum and one of the UK’s leading heritage fashion brands.”

TRUST ISSUES A new six-part series exploring the hidden history of the National Trust launches this month on BBC Two. The series features some of the UK’s best houses and gardens including Sissinghurt Castle, the home of Vita Sackville-West, to the post-war council house where Paul McCartney grew up in south Liverpool.

Hidden Treasures of the National Tr ust also follows the trust’s experts and conservators at work across Britain, as they breathe new life into fragile marvels and uncover their secret histories.

The series is due to air in mid-May.

Above Conservators cleaning a chandelier at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland, image National Trust Images


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