Our Antiques auctions complement our Fine Art sales and are held three times a year, in February, July and October. The sales cover a wide range of objects including silver, jewellery, wristwatches, ceramics, glassware, Asian and tribal art, textiles, clocks and furniture. In recent years we have been privileged to handle the prestigious estates of Ramsgate Abbey and the late Sir Robert Hardy, actor and historian.

Notable highlights include an 18ct gold statue of David di Donatello by Bulgari awarded to the actress Ingrid Bergman for Best Foreign Actress in the 1957 film Anastasia (£30,000); an extremely large Chinese Ming Dynasty sage green jade recumbent horse (£25,000); a 19th-century Anglo-Indian ivory writing desk (£13,000); a 19th-century Tibetan bronze Buddha (£14,000); and a carved oval marble Italian Renaissance plaque of Paying Cheron for Passage to the Underworld (£18,000).

Most memorable of the recent items to generate a huge public interest was an historic oak table, (circa 1620-1640), bearing a silver plaque 'King Charles I dined at this table, August 6th 1645'. Accompanying the table were two period chairs, one with a silver plaque inscribed 'in this chair sat King Charles I, Gwernyfed, Aug. 6th 1645'. The table and chairs were from Old Gwernyfed, Brecon, and had remained in the same family's hands for 400 years. Fierce private bidding saw the price climb to a final £22,000.


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