We provide a full range of sale and valuation options for antiques, fine art and general household goods. Our auctions cover a wide range of special interest and collecting areas as well as ‘single owner’ collections.
We have acknowledged expertise in the following main areas: jewellery, silver, furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics and glass. Our valuers have a wealth of knowledge which allows them to supply to clients accurate and reliable valuations and also to recommend the most appropriate sales path for any items clients wish to sell by auction.
We hold a mixture of ‘live’ auctions, the traditional method where lots are sold by an auctioneer on the day to the highest bidder. As part of the live auctions we offer internet based bidding, this enables prospective purchasers to view, receive detailed condition reports and bid without physically attending the auction rooms in person.
Internet bidding has enabled smaller auction houses to compete internationally with the ‘big’ auction houses as the need for expensive printed catalogues and extensive mailing lists has been overtaken by internet bidding services and email mailing list contact.
Any items consigned for sale with us therefore have the greatest publicity available and maximum prices are achieved for the vendor without paying additional fees for printed images in catalogues and publicity surcharges.
As a secondary option we also offer ‘timed’ auctions and we suggest this type of auction for items which perhaps may have a lower commercial value or items that clients just wish to dispose of in the quickest and most economical manner.
Timed auctions include items which are promoted for up to 2 weeks at a time. Those registered with the online bidding system can leave bids on items consigned for the auction at any time of the day or night and from any geographical location which has access to the internet/ bidding system. The systems send notifications of any competing bids allowing the bidder to increase their bids should they see fit to do so.
For both ‘Live’ and ‘Timed’ auctions we can accept consignments up to 7 days before the scheduled auction.