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Lower Mitchell Barn
Nr Ledbury, Herefordshire
01531 636380



Posterity was established in 1983 by David Urquhart, whose previous experience at Christies of London and ten years of restoring country properties combined to provide the basis for this unique and imaginative business.

David's first step into salvage was through exasperation – having initially moved to West Gloucestershire to buy and renovate properties, he found that there was nowhere to buy materials for such projects. This gap in the market provided the inspiration that formed the basis of Posterity.

With colleague Nicholas Trigg, they have built up a considerable reputation for architectural antiques and reclamation.

Always in stock are a good selection of garden furniture and ornament, both old and new and furniture ranging from quality early English country pieces to retrospective items for the home. In addition, an ever changing supply of decorative and architectural effects including panelling, doors, fireplaces, flooring, rugs, mirrors, lighting for commercial and private use. The Gallery offers a selection of 20th century works of art, paintings, prints, glass, ceramics and sculptures. Mixed with an eclectic mix of world antiques, fairground art, olive trees and landscaping materials, as well as unusual collectables in the café.

Sue Kirby is the third member of the team and is the Wednesday girl as well as filling in while Nick and David are on the road. Sue is a freelance photographer in her own right.

The last member of the team is Macintosh, the yard foreman (spaniel).


1. Care is taken to ensure that any statement as to authorship, attribution, date, age, provenance and condition is reliable and accurate but all such statements are statements of opinion and are not to be taken as statements or representations of fact.

2. The highest bidder shall be the buyer. If any dispute arises the Auctioneer shall have absolute discretion to settle it and to put any disputed Lot up again. Messrs. Posterity act as agents only; they have full discretion to refuse any bidding, to divide any Lot, to combine any two or more Lots and to withdraw any Lot or Lots from the sale without in any case giving any reason.

3. All Lots are put up for sale, subject (a) to any reserve price imposed by the seller or (b) to the right of the seller to bid either personally or any one person (who may be the Auctioneer).

4. Registration before bidding. Prospective buyers must complete and sign a registration form with his or her name and permanent address, and provide identification before bidding. We may require the production of bank details from which payment will be made or other financial references.

5. All Lots are sold as shown, with all faults, imperfections and errors of description. Neither Messrs. Posterity nor the Vendor(s) are responsible for errors of description or for genuineness of authority of any Lot, or for any fault or defect in it. No warranty whatever is given by Messrs. Posterity or any Vendor to any buyer in respect of any Lot.

6. Lots shall be paid for in full immediately after the end of the Sale and all Lots shall be at the buyer’s risk and expense from the fall of the hammer on each Lot. Commission, telephone and Internet purchases should be paid within 48 hrs of sale. Buyers shall remove their purchases as soon as possible after the Sale and Messrs. Posterity shall not be responsible if the same are lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed and any Lots not taken away shall be at the sole risk of the buyer and subject to a charge of warehousing. If at the expiration of 7 days after the conclusion of the sale Lots are not cleared they may then be sold immediately either publicly or by private treaty, without any notice being given to the buyer.

7. In the event of any failure of the buyers to comply with any of the above Conditions, the damages recoverable from the defaulter shall include any loss arising on any resale of the Lot, together with the charges in respect of both sales, and any money deposited in part payment shall be held by Messrs. Posterity on account of any liability of the defaulter to them.

8. A buyer’s premium of 10% +vat will be added to the hammer price and this will be posted and announced at the time of the sale.

9. Absentee bids and telephone bids will be accepted and an agent of Posterity will make these bids on behalf of the ‘purchaser’.
Posterity can arrange [at cost] for delivery of items within the U.K.
For shipping abroad please contact the Auction Rooms.