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Silver Service

Image134The Charterhouse two day November auction on 16th & 17th includes an early Victorian silver tea set.

“The market for silver remains strong.” Commented Richard Bromell. “You then combine this with small, pretty and desirable pieces and this produces a recipe for auction success.”

England has been a nation of tea drinkers for centuries. With the 21st century fashion for taking afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and scones, the silver tea set at Charterhouse, although needing a good polish, will grace any table whether in a cottage or a country house.

The set was made in London 1846 and is of compressed octagonal form. Engraved with flowers, foliage and strapwork it also had the advantage of not being inscribed with a presentation inscription and is estimated at £400-600 plus 25.2% buyers premium (inc VAT)

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy autumn programme of specialist auctions which include classic & vintage cars on 5th November followed by a two day auction of watches, jewellery, silver and antiques with a selection of wine, port and whisky on 16th and 17th November and coins, medals, stamps and collector’s items on 15th December.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

October 12, 2017
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Gentleman’s Express or Boy Racer?

A 1960 Jensen 541R at Charterhouse-5Two classic cars, an Austin Healey 100/6 and a Jensen 541R made just a few months apart, offer the opportunity for enthusiasts to choose between a gentleman’s express or a sports car for the hairy chested at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 5th November.

“Both cars are iconic in their own way and both appeal to a different sort of driver and enthusiast.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “That being said, I wouldn’t mind having them both at home sitting in the garage!”

Coming to the Charterhouse classic car auction from long term ownership is a 1960 Jensen 541R. A true gentleman’s express, it is fitted with a 4.0 litre 6 cylinder engine with overdrive. An advanced car in its day, it was supplied with disc brakes all round, a full leather interior and constructed from lightweight fibreglass which was revolutionary at the time.A 1959 Austin Healey at Charterhouse-11

Having been owned by its Somerset vendor since 1970, it has been in dry storage for a few years and will require some re-commissioning work. Estimated at £20,000-25,000 +12% buyers premium (including VAT) this gentleman’s express with its four seats gives the successful buyer an opportunity to join an exclusive club as only 193 Jensen 541R’s made.

However, if four seats does not cut it for you and you want something a little more racy, there is a 1959 Austin Healey 100/6. Bought by its English Italian owner in 1991 it went through a full restoration programme. A year later, the owner took it to his Italian home where it lived with his collection of cars until being repatriated in 2017.

An original UK right hand drive car having a 2.6 litre 6 cylinder engine with overdrive it has covered just 8,000 miles in 25 years on Italian roads.

Still sharp from its restoration in 1991 and on the button ready to be enjoyed, it is estimated at £50,000-55,000 +12% buyers premium (including VAT).

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this classic and vintage car auction which is in conjunction with the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show being held at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

For further information about this auction, or for advice on selling a car or motorcycle, contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse in Sherborne on 01935 812277 or email info@charterhouse-auction.com

October 05, 2017
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A Right Royal Lot

  There is the opportunity to bidDSC_0016 on and buy a piece of furniture from Buckingham Palace in the Charterhouse two-day auction on the 19th & 20th October in Sherborne.

“Rarely do you come across furniture or chattels from any Royal residence on the open market.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Sadly, we have no history as to how this Victorian mahogany linen press came to be removed from its bedroom, but suspect it was when the room was redecorated and updated sometime in the early to mid-20th century.”

The traditional role for a linen press was to store sheets, table cloths, clothing and other textiles. With the increase of bedrooms, the linen press was designed to occupy prominent places in bedrooms as storage closets for clothing.Buckingham Palace
Dating to the mid-19th century, it is made of mahogany. It has a pair of panel doors enclosing sliding trays, which are above two short and two long drawers, and is possibly made by Holland and Sons. They were high quality furniture manufacturers who received a Royal Warrant of Appointment by Queen Victoria and had also worked at Osborne House, Sandringham House, Balmoral CastBuckingham Palace-1le and Windsor Castle

However, it is around the back of linen press where the prestigious history is revealed. It is stamped VR (Victoria Regina) BP (Buckingham Palace) Room 79 and dated 1866. It also has a printed paper label for King George V, Buckingham Palace noting it was still in Room 79.

Estimated at £2,500-3,500 plus 24 % buyers premium (including VAT) it represents a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of furniture which resided in Buckingham Palace during the reign of at least two monarchs when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset in their two-day auction of furniture, pictures, sporting items and antiques.

For further information about this auction, or for advice on selling a single item, collection or complete house contents, contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse in Sherborne on 01935 812277 or email info@charterhouse-auction.com

September 28, 2017
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Skull Drinking Cup with Romantic Associations

 DSC_007211The top part of a human skull, with an association to Lord Byron, is one of the more unusual lots going under the Charterhouse hammer in their two day 19th & 20th October auction.

“As one of the greatest British poets, a peers, a politician and a leading figure in the Romantic Movement Lord Byron needs little introduction.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Anything with an association or connection to Lord Byron is of great interest to collectors, even if it is part of a human skull.”

The skull drinking cup has a silver coloured metal rim inscribed “SKULL DRINKING CUP USED BY LORD BYRON AT NEWSTEAD ABBEY”. Lord Byron used a skull as a drinking vessel in the 19th century. It was dug up by a gardener in the grounds at Newstead Abbey and Lord Byron took a fancy to it and sent it to be polished and mounted for use as a drinking vessel.

This skull was noted by Byron as an unusually large size. The skull cup going under the Charterhouse hammer in Sherborne is of a more modest size, measuring 16.5 cm wide. However, it was known Lord Byron displayed several skulls, no doubt discovered in the grounds of Newstead Abbey, in his study.

“Lord Byron died in 1824 aged 36 years old. The engraving to the skull cup appears to be of a later date, probably towards the end of the 19th century.” ConDSC_0076tinued Richard Bromell. “Although I am not a leading expert in skulls, I think you have to take this at face value and either believe the inscription of not. For me, I think the legend on the cup does hold some water and estimate it at £500-1,000 plus 24% buyers premium (inc VAT)”.

The skull cup is part of the Charterhouse two day auction of pictures, books, sporting items and antiques on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th October, with the cup being sold on the Friday for the anonymous collector who lives in Devon.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions which including the above October auction, classic & vintage cars on 5th November followed by another two day auction of watches, jewellery, silver and antiques on 16th and 17th November.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

September 22, 2017
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Country House Bidding Fever at Charterhouse

sold £5,000 The residual contents from Capard House, Loais, Ireland produced country house bidding fever at the Charterhouse salerooms in Sherborne on Friday 25th August.

“With such strong bidding it felt like brown furniture is back!” Commented Richard Bromell. “Many of the items from Capard House have been in storage for several years and some items came to the salerooms in a barn stored market fresh condition which always gets bidders excited.”

The furniture, ceramics and other items which came from this Irish early Georgian neo-classical country house attracted bidders from Ireland, Asold £4,500 (2)merica, the Isles of Scilly and London.

Highlights from this Charterhouse August auction which totalled just under £280,000, included a platinum and solitaire diamond ring, bought as a wedding anniversary present for its lucky new owner at £8,000, an early 18th century walnut wing armchair requiring restoration £5,000, an early 18th century parcel gilt wall mirror £4,800, a pair of George III style settees £4,500 and a pair of early 18th century silver tea caddies at £4,500.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions which include Beswick and Royal Doulton, along with pictures, books, maps and asold £4,800 selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items on 19th & 20th October, closely followed on 5th November with classic and vintage cars.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

September 18, 2017
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Full Steam Ahead at Charterhouse

Image047a“It is a beautifully constructed scratch built 3.5 inch scale model of a British Railways steam locomotive and tender which the owner built and ran in his back garden pulling his grandchildren!” Commented Richard Bromell. “Although we do not know how long it took him to build the engine and tender, it must have taken 1,000’s of highly skilled hours.”

Sadly the Devon owner passed away and Charterhouse were invited by the family to his home for help and advice. Wanting the locomotive to go to a good home, where it might pull more friends and family again, they decided to enter it into the Charterhouse auction of collector’s items on Friday 22nd September.Train-1

Estimated at £3,000-5,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat) it will attract interest from live steam enthusiasts and model collectors alike.

Viewing for this auction on the 22nd, which also has other collector’s items including medals, coins, stamps and militaria, is on Wednesday 20th 10am-6pm and Thursday 21st 9am-5pm, or you can see all the lots and download Image048the auction catalogue on www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions which include Beswick and Royal Doulton in November, along with pictures, books and maps and a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items, closely followed in November with classic and vintage cars.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com









September 07, 2017
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Montecarlo for Sale

A 1982 Lancia Monte Carlo SII coupe, history known from new, 55000 miles from new. Est £8,000-10,000 at Charterhouse-4  A 1982 Lancia Montecarlo coupe is making a rare appearance when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of classic and vintage cars on Wednesday 13th September.

“I have always been a fan of the Lancia Montecarlo ever since I saw one star as Giselle alongside the cheeky No 53 VW Beetle in the 1977 film Herbie goes to Montecarlo.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “However, the 1970’s were not Lancia’s best years and a large number of cars produced, such as the Montecarlo, became heavily corroded and were relegated to the scrap yard.”

The Lancia Montecarlo at Charterhouse is just one of 1,123 Series II coupe’s produced. Finished in red with a black leather interior, this has been a cosseted Lancia and has a continuous history from new. Acquired by the owner in 2007, he left it in his garage in 200A 1982 Lancia Monte Carlo SII coupe, history known from new, 55000 miles from new. Est £8,000-10,000 at Charterhouse-158 after the MOT expired, and it will now need some re-commissioning work.

Today a rare sight on the road, this pretty little Lancia Montecarlo, with a good history file and all its MOT’s from 1985-2007, is estimated to sell for £8,000-10,000 plus buyers premium 12% (inc VAT) when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer on Wednesday 13th September.

Viewing for the auction, which is being held at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN, is on the morning of the auction from 9am, with the sale starting at 12 noon.

Catalogues for the sale are available from the auctioneers or you can look through all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also available.

Charterhouse is now accA 1982 Lancia Monte Carlo SII coupe, history known from new, 55000 miles from new. Est £8,000-10,000 at Charterhouse-20epting further entries for their programme of specialist auction of classic and vintage car on Sunday 5th November and their next auction of pictures, books, maps and sporting items with a selection of Beswick & Royal Doulton on Friday 20th October

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney or Nicola Holmes at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

September 04, 2017
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Family Medals at Charterhouse

 Image137Three groups of medals from the same family are entered into the Charterhouse 22nd September auction of collector’s items in Sherborne.

“The market for medals remains very strong. We have set some world record prices over the past couple of years for medals including the amazing Dambusters raid group which sold for £148,800 which has firmly put us on the map for achieving high prices.” Commented Richard Bromell.

It is the first time the three Symonds family medal groups have appeared on the open market and they are being sold by a family member. He has decided that rather than leaving them put away in a drawer they should be held, enjoyed and researched by collectors.

The medals, all awarded to members of the Symonds family stretch from a Queens South Africa (or Boer War) medal from the closing days of the 19th century through to a General Service Medal with a Palestine 1945-48 clasp. In between these campaigns, the family were awarded medals for the First and Second World Wars and also served in India. However, what is also interesting is that all three family members served with the same unit which is The Army Service Corps.

The longest group of is of 12 medals includes an MBE awarded to Major T H Symonds. He was part of the early war effort in 1914 and continued to serve though the Second Wold War ending up in Calcutta in 1945. All the medals have clearly been worn with pride, with the older ones showing signs of enthusiastic polishing over the decades!Image132

The Symonds family medals are being sold at Charterhouse in Sherborne on Friday 22nd September and are estimated at £500-1,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat).

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of September specialist auctions which include classic & vintage cars on Wednesday 13th September and medals, coins, stamps, clocks and collector’s items on Friday 22nd September.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

August 24, 2017
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Somerset Born & Bred

A 1974 Austin Mini 1000, one family owned since new and only 27,000 miles. Estimate £2000-3000 at Charterhouse-1 The Charterhouse specialist auction of classic & vintage cars on Wednesday 13th September will give bidders the opportunity to buy a 1974 Mini which has spent the past 43 years with one family in Somerset.

“The classic Mini, as we generally refer to these diminutive little cars made by Austin Morris and British Leyland, never fail to put a smile on my face when you see one. They are easy to work on, there is hardly a spare part you cannot get and with thriving club scenes and plenty of classic car shows to attend what’s not to like?” Commented Matthew Whitney. “This combined with them being fun to drive, easy to park in garagesA 1974 Austin Mini 1000, one family owned since new and only 27,000 miles. Estimate £2000-3000 at Charterhouse-6, cheap classic car insurance for young drivers and huge smiles per miles ensures they are keenly sought after when they come up at auction.”

Whilst Charterhouse have sold many Mini’s over the years, from Mini Coopers at over £30,000, this charming little car has spent its entire life in Somerset. With one family only from new and just 27,000 recorded miles, and now covered in a thick layer of dust not having been on the road for the past 10 years, this charming chap is estimated to sell for £2,000-3,000 plus buyers premium 12% (inc VAT) when it goes under the charterhouse hammer on Wednesday 13th September.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their programme of specialist auctions with this sale of classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September, classic & vintage cars on 13th A 1974 Austin Mini 1000, one family owned since new and only 27,000 miles. Estimate £2000-3000 at Charterhouse-12September and their auction of coins, medals, stamps, clocks and other collector’s items on Friday 22nd September.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney or Nicola Holmes at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

August 16, 2017
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Classic Country House Furniture at Charterhouse

12 chairsThe Charterhouse huge two day auction on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August includes a great selection of country house furnishing removed from Capard House, County Laois, Ireland.

“Although we are based in the West Country, we travel far and wide visiting and advising families looking to sell their antiques and collectors items.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Last month we were instructed to sell items removed from Crimonmogate House in Scotland and this month it is furnishings from Ireland, although I must admit the furniture and other items have been in storage in Britain for some time so I did not get a trip to Ireland!.”ATG PAir of mahogany settees

Capard House in County Laois is a neo-classical early Georgian country house with a Greek Doric portico. Items in the Charterhouse August auction being sold for their client who lived in Capard House include a pair of carved giltwood console tables £3,000-5,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat), a Cumberland extending dining table £2,000-4,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat), a set of 12 mahogany dining chairs £800-1,200 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat), a pair of 18th century style carved giltwood wall mirrors £2,000-4,000 and a pair of George III style mahogany settees £1,000-2,000 amongst other lots of furniture, furnishings, ceramics and other items.

Viewing for the auction, in which Charterhouse are also selling wine, whisky, silver, jewellery & watches on Thursday 24th followed by ceramics, furniture and interiors on Friday 25th August is on Wednesday 23rd 1-am-6pm and Thursday 24th 9am-5pm. Alternatively you can see all the lots and download a catalogue from www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now Cumberland tableaccepting further entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions which include classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September followed by classic & vintage cars on 13th September and then coins, medals, stamps, clocks and collector’s items on 22nd September.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

August 15, 2017
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Nice Nortons at Charterhouse

BS08-A-1951-Norton-596cc-Manx-at-Charterhouse-1The Charterhouse specialist auction of classic & vintage motorcycles on Friday 1st September has well over £100,000 of Norton motorcycles and parts going under the hammer.

“This classic & vintage motorcycle auction is held in conjunction with the hugely popular Carole Nash Netley Marsh Eurojumble which attracts a vast crowd of motorcycle fans from across the UK and the Continent. It is one of the highlights of the classic motorcycle caleBS08-A-1929-Norton-Model-18-at-Charterhouse-5ndar and we always have a great selection of entries but this year we have been instructed to sell some amazing Norton motorcycles from two collections, one in Reading and one in Liverpool.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Over the past few years the classic and vintage motorcycles market has increased greatly in value and we have Norton motorcycles from the two collections estimated from just a few hundred pounds for rare spares to £50,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat) for a 1951 Norton 596cc Manx/Watsonian sidecar which was raced by the legendary Pip Harris and has been on display at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.”

The ex-Pip Harris Norton comes to Charterhouse from a collection of motorcycles in Liverpool, which also includes a 1956 Norton Model 7 Dominator estimated at £6,500-7,500 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat).

Also in the auction arBS08-A-1950-Norton-Manx-30M-at-Charterhouse-4e a collection of Norton motorcycles from a barn and garage in Reading. Included from this deceased estate are a 1929 Norton Model 18, with a rare saddle tank, estimated at £15,000-20,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat), a 1955 Norton International 30M for £10,000-15,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat), a 1950 Norton Manx 30M £20,000-25,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat) and a 1955 Norton Dominator 88 £4,000-6,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat). In addition, there is a huge array of Norton, Vincent and other motorcycle spares including frames, engines, gearboxes and other parts.BS08-A-1956-Norton-Model-7-Dominator-at-Charterhouse-1

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of specialist auctions with this sale of classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September, classic & vintage cars on 13th September and their auction watches, silver, jewellery & wine on 24th & 25th August.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney or Nicola Holmes at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

 

August 02, 2017
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Time is Money

The Charterhouse two day August auction iRolexncludes a gentleman’s Rolex wristwatch estimated to sell for £3,500-4,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat).

“Rolex is a prestigious brand synonymous with the highest quality. As a result they are highly sought after even second, third or fourth hand!” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, as usual, condition plays a big role in the value and the Rolex we have been instructed to sell is in superb condition having hardly been worn.”

As a brand Rolex is present at the most prestigious sporting events including Wimbledon and Formula 1 along with many others such as golf, sailing and equestrian events, making it one of the most desirable watches to own and wear.

The gold and stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust going under the Charterhouse hammer looks like new despite being 15 years old. Having been purchased on a trip to Germany, it retains its original leather covered box, cardboard outer box, guarantee and other paperwork which results in its auction estimate of £3,500-4,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat)

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of specialist auctions which include watches, silver, jewellery & wine on 24th & 25th August and classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September followed by classic & vintage cars on 13th September.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

July 19, 2017
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Book Bidders Delight

booksThe Charterhouse two day auction on Thursday 27th & Friday 28th July includes the contents of a Wellington bookshop.

“There are thousands and thousands of books ancient and modern.” Commented Richard Bromell. “It was a lifetime’s accumulation of books, some of which were bought from our auctions 10 to 15 years ago as the boxes still have our old lot numbers on them!”

The bookshop was known to many bookworms over the years. Although the main selling area was on the ground floor, books were also stored on the two floors above which made emptying the shop interesting for the Charterhouse crew in the warm summer weather.

In amongst the 1000’s of volumes, there are books of West Country interest, history, natural history, children’s, travel and architecture. However, one subject which shines out is the large selection of fine art and antique reference books. There are many Antique Collectors’ Club books along with a huge selection of the very popular Taschen volumes.

With the majority of books being sold at Charterhouse in an as new condition or in plastic wrappers, it represents an amazing opportunity for bidders to buy some fabulous books at a fraction of their retail cost. All the lots from the bookshop are being offered for sale at auction without reserve.

Viewing for the Charterhouse two day auction of books, pictures, antiques & interiors with a special selection of automobilia, is on Wednesday 26th 10am-6pm & Thursday 27th July from 9am. Alternatively, you can see all the lots and bid live on the internet via www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of specialist auctions which include silver, jewellery, watches & wine on 24th & 25th August and classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September followed by classic & vintage cars on 13th September.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

July 14, 2017
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Coffee Table Serves up Strong Bidding

A table - manner of GodwinA Victorian coffee table stormed past its £1,000 estimate when it sold for a total of £17,360 in the Charterhouse June auction.

“The owner of the table, who lives in a Farmhouse south of Bristol, is about to move home and called us for help and advice on items which were going to be surplus to her and her family needs.” Commented Richard Bromell. “The table is rather unassuming but it had a sparkle of design. The owner had no idea of its importance or value. Our research quickly led us to an attribution to Edward William Godwin, a late Victorian designer. By today’s standards it is not too avant-garde, but back in 1873 there had been nothing quite like it ever produced before.”

It was designed at a time when coffee was generally only afforded by the wealthy rather than the rash of coffee shops we see in the high streets today.

The V & A Museum hold the original drawings by Edward Godwin for the table from 1873. Made in the Anglo-Japanese taste for Grey Towers, a country house which was demolished to make way for housing in 1931, these particular tables rarely come onto the open market.

Going under the Charterhouse hammer it was not in tip top condition having suffered a very bad break to one of the legs. With a small part of the leg missing Charterhouse kept the estimate at £1,000 as lot of collectors and dealers it is condition, condition, condition which can drive the price of a lot up.

On the auction day, telephone bids were booked from London to Paris. With bidders also in the saleroom and participating live online bidding rose quickly, there was even a dealer who bid whilst enjoying the music at Glastonbury! The winning bidder, who paid £17,340 for which some viewed as coffee table with a broken leg, was a specialist dealer.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of specialist auctions including silver, jewellery & watches with a selection of wine, port & spirits on 24th & 25th August, closely followed by classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September and then classic & vintage cars on 13th September.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

July 05, 2017
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Howzat!

Image112A run of the iconic Wisden Cricketers Almanack books, dating from the late 19th century, could sell for as much as £10,000 when they go under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction on Friday 28th July.

“Wisdens, as they are generally known as, are the bible of cricket and considered to be the most famous sports reference book.” Commented George Holtby. “It has taken many years to amass such an extensive run with the earlier the copy generally the more expensive they become. Although I have never seen a first edition, which came out in 1864, rarely do you see copies as early as the ones we have been instructed to auction.”

The run of Wisdens at Charterhouse starts from 1890 through to 2005. Although the books are most known for their distinctive bright yellow covers, this format was not issued until 1938. Prior to this, they could be either back cover 1890salmon pink or buff coloured.

In the collection there are two volumes which stand out and are valued by Charterhouse at £2,000 for each book. These are the 1918 and 1919 copies and are very rare as few copies were printed after The Great War due to paper shortages.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their July specialist auctions which include pictures, books and maps on the 28th and classic, vintage and modern supercars at Sherborne Castle on the 16th.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact or Justine Jackson or George Holtby at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

June 29, 2017
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Cornish Artist Paints a Picture

Fred Yates & RB A small collection of oil paintings by Fred Yates, one of Cornwall’s best loved artists, are going under the Charterhouse hammer and are expected to sell for thousands of pounds in their auction of pictures, books and maps on Friday 28th July.

“The paintings have quite interesting provenance as the owner bought Fred Yates’s cottage in Fowey back in the early 1980’s. When the negotiations had finished, Fred gave her the rectangular painting of the figures in the park and at the same time she purchased the larger picture of the figures outside a church in Fowey.” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, when she moved in to the cottage, she found the five smaller paintings, including a self-portrait of Fred smoking a pipe.”

Fred Yates has often been described as a happy Lowry. His own distinctive painting style, often with thick paint squeezed straight from the tube in vibrant colours, ensured his artwork was and continues to be admired by collectors and museums.

The first painting being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne is of a church in Fowey. Bought by the owner directly from Fred Yates, just like all the other pictures it has not been on the open market since she acquired it. Despite having paid just a few pounds for the picture, it is now expected to sell for £4,000-6,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT).Fred Yates self-portrait

Next up is the smaller rectangular picture, which Fred gave to her as a present, of figures in a park, estimated at £500-800*.

Finally there are the 5 small pictures she found dotted about in the cottage, including the self-portrait, which are being sold as a lot estimated at £500-800 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT).

The owner, who lives near Taunton, is thinking of downsizing and took advantage of the home visit service offered by the Charterhouse team of specialist valuers.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their July specialist auctions which include pictures, books and maps on the 26th and classic, vintage and modern supercars at Sherborne Castle on the 16th.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact or Justine Jackson or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

June 21, 2017
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Vintage to Modern Supercars at Car Auction

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Motors from the 1920’s through to the early 2000’s are going under the hamer at the Charterhouse auction being held in a marquee in the beautiful grounds of Sherborne Castle on Sunday 16th July.

“This is a very busy time of the year for this department as vendors are looking to take advantage of the warm summer days to pull in bidders, with buyers looking to purchase vehicles as there is still plenty of good weather ahead to enjoy them!” Commented Charterhouse classic and vintage car expert Matthew Whitney. “However, this year, we have also opened up entries into the auction for modern supercars as well as the more traditional vintage and classic motors.”

The auction, which is held in conjunction with the hugely popular Classic & Supercar Show attracts a vast number of enthusiasts with about 2,000 classic, vintage and modern supercars vehicles on the day.1927 Morris Oxford Supersport Special

Entries for this specialist auction are well under way and range from a 1927 Morris Oxford Supersport Special from near Exeter estimated at £18,000-22,000, a 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS for £60,000-70,000 coming down from Scotland, a 1948 MG TC £24,000-26,000 from Weston-super-Mare, a 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG from Harrogate £20,000-25,000 through to a charming and rare little 1938 Fiat Topolino for £8,000-10,000 from a client in the Cotswolds.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for this Sunday July 16th auction of classic, vintage and modern supercars at Sherborne Castle closely followed by automobilia, pictures, books and maps in their salerooms on 28th July.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact or Matthew Whitney or Nicola Holmes at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

June 15, 2017
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Wine & Whisky but no Song at Auction

BowmoreThe Charterhouse two day auction on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June incudes over 4,000 bottles of wine, port and whisky, with one bottle of whisky estimated to sell for £2,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT).

“The star lot of this specialist selection of very drinkable booze is the commemorative botte of Bowmore whisky.” Commented Richard Bromell. “This very special whisky was produced in 1979 to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Bowmore distillery. With its original wooden box and certificate of authenticity and a £2,000* auction estimate it will either sell as an investment or to a whisky connoisseur to be enjoyed.”

The bottle of Bowmore was given to the owner’s husband in 1979 as a gift from his employer. Having kept is in a cupboard for many years, it was decided to open the bottle to celebrate to couples Golden Wedding Anniversary, but sadly he passed away shortly before the date. It then sat in the cupboard for another couple of years as the owner does not drink alcohol and it was brought into Charterhouse on one of their specialist valuation days for appraisal where she was delighted with the £1,500-2,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT) auction estimate.

Also in this specialist auction on Thursday 22nd of over 500 lots, there is also a huge selection of, red, white and rosé wine with cases estimated from just £30 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT) up to single bottles of premium wine such as Chateau Palmer, Latour and d’Yquem, and champagne including Dom Perignon along with cases or vintage port in wooden boxes, with many of the lots being sold without reserve.

The Thursday 22nd auction of wine, port and whisky auction starts at 12 noon. Viewing for this auction, and for the auction the following day of coins, medals, stamps, clock, model cars and collectors’ items, is on Wednesday 21st 10am-6pm and Thursday 22nd 9am-5pm. Alternatively, you can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also available.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their July auctions which include classic, vintage and modern supercars at Sherborne Castle, automobilia, pictures, books and maps.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact or Justine Jackson or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

June 15, 2017
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Star Car

A 1957 VW Split Screen A VW Type 2 split screen van, which featured in the cult 1980 film “Getting Wasted” is going under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

“It’s probably one of the more distinctive vehicles we have had in our classic car auctions recently.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Finished in its psychedelic paintwork, this lot is probably not one for the shy and retiring collector and is definitely not the sort of van you can lose in a car park!”

Getting Wasted is a film set towards the end of the 1960’s, hence the fabulous hippy type painted VW van. The film is based around a group of military school cadets who rebel and features David Caruso, famous for starring in CSI: Miami and NYPD Blues, in his first film role.

The VW Type 2 van has been owned by the Wiltshire vendor, a lifelong VW enthusiast, for over 9 years. He purchased theA 1957 VW VW in America where he kept it for 5 years driving it around on visits and shipped it to England 4 years ago, but has decided now is the time to let someone else take over the wheel as it is hardly used.

The van is a rare survivor having been built in 1957. With so many VW split screen vans from the 1950’s & 60’s having been converted into camper vans, attacked by tin-worm or recycled in the crusher, this very special van is going under the hammer on Sunday 18th June just in time for Glastonbury the week after, for other summer festivals or just for hitting the road in.

Fitted with a later 1,500cc engine, which replaced the more lethargic 1,200cc motor, this piece of VW film history is expected to sell for £20,000-25,000 (plus 12% Buyers Premium inc VAT) in the Charterhouse classic car auction.

Viewing for the auction, which is held in conjunction with the Bristol Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, is on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, with the auction starting at 12 noon on the 18th. Alternatively, you can see this VW split screen and all the other classic and vintage cars being sold on

www.charterhouse-auctiA 1957 VW Split Screen Panel Van.on.com where live internet bidding is also available.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their next specialist auction of classic & vintage cars along with modern supercars being held at Sherborne Castle on Sunday 16th July.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact or Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email images of cars for valuation at cars@charterhouse-auction.com

June 02, 2017
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