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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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Stamp of Approval

Image213A collection of stamps from a Bournemouth bungalow is expected to sell for thousands of pounds when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in their June 22nd & 23rd two day auction in Sherborne.

“The stamps were collected by the lady 20 to 30 years when she was working in London. During her lunch break she would regularly pop into Stanley Gibbons and treat herself to a stamp or two.” Commented Richard Bromell.

Moving forward a couple of decades, and after a few house moves, the stamps were relegated to the bottom of a wardrobe in her bungalow. Not having looked through them over the past few years, she decided now is the time to let someone else enjoy the collection and contacted Charterhouse to arrange a free home visit.

The stamps range in date from the iconic 1840 penny black and other Queen Victoria stamps through to more recent Queen Elizabeth II commemorative issues along with a large selection of First Day Covers. Displayed in a large number of albums, the collection is expected to sell for over £2,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their June 22nd & 23rd auction which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

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

May 25, 2017
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Pilots Medals Up For Auction

  The Charterhouse two daGp Capt C Stanbury CBE DSO DFC ££20,000-30,000y June auction on the 22nd & 23rd includes the important group of medals awarded to Group Captain Clive Stanbury CBE DSO DFC which are expected to sell for up to £30,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT)

“Rare do you come across such important RAF medal groups and this group is even more special as it is the first time it has appeared on the open market.” Commented Richard Bromell. “During the war, he flew a huge variety of planes including Wellington, Lysander, Halifax, Hurricane, Mosquito, Lancaster and of course, the legendary Spitfire along with a large number of American planes such as the Liberator. After the war he continued to serve in the RAF and his log books record flew for over 3,600 hours!”

Charterhouse has been instructed to sell the medals on behalf of the family. A difficult decision to make it is hoped the collection will be handled, looked at, researched and enjoyed rather than sitting in a safe.

Clive Stanley George Stanbury joined the RAF aged 24 years just before World War Two started in 1939. By 1942 he had been promoted to Flight Lieutenant flying with 70 SImage231quadron and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) having flown 61 sorties. It was noted he set a very high standard of efficiency and was a most courageous captain, who, undeterred by the enemy’s fire pressed home his attacks to the full.

Less than a month later, as Acting Squadron Leader and still at 70 Squadron, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) where it was also noted he had no regard for his personal safety and always first to volunteers for hazardous tasks.

In December 1943 he transferred to 624 SD Squadron as Commanding Officer. His experience and cool head took him on many operations including dropping SOE agents (or Joe’s as they are recorded in his log books) deep into enemy territory. 624 Squadron was at first a special duties squadron the only RAF squadron to fly without plane markings such was the nature of their covert opertations.

At the end of the war, in 1945, he was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre having made a conspicuous contribution to the liberation of France, as a pilot during many courageous actions and as commander of his group, his energy and his courage in action served as an example for his formation and everyone around him.

In 1953, he was awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) for being the first British pilot to fly a Canberra jet engine aeroplane over the Pole. During the flight they tested the suitability of high latitude navigational techniques at the high speeds and altitudes flown by jet engines rather than piston engines.

In 1963 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Accompanying the medals at the Charterhouse auction, are his three Pilots Flying Log Books documenting his actions and photographs albums including images of Winston Churchill making a station visit. There are also letters of gratitude and acknowledgment from high ranking British and American commanders such as Air Marshall Sir John Slessor and Colonel Monro MacCloskey, Colonel, Air Corps, Commanding.

In addition to all this, tImage230here is a great selection of press cuttings, citations, further letters and other ephemera charting his career in the RAF.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their June auctions which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

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

May 18, 2017
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Alvis is a Classic Tourer

1936AlvisSpeed20£100000-120000 A pre-war Alvis motor car is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse June auction of classic and vintage cars where it is estimated to sell for over £100,000.

“It’s a lot of money but it’s a lot of car.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “However, if you say it quickly enough or compare it to a similar Bentley of the same period, it actually looks excellent value for money, although I am not sure whether my wife would agree with me!”

Delivered new in 1936 this Alvis Speed 20 SD was originally supplied with a 4 door Charlesworth coach built body. Although it has had a low ownership over the past 80 years, the decision was taken in 1996 to re-body the car with an Alvis Vanden Plas 4.3 litre style touring body. This body was hand crafted over a new ash frame and still looks in great shape today.

Fitted with a 3 litre six cylinder engine fitted to a four speed gearbox with overdrive, the current owner, who lives in Devon, has not only toured around Britain in thisA 1936 Alvis Speed 20 SD-34 Alvis, but also across France.

Part of the DevonA 1936 Alvis Speed 20 SD-20 collection, this Alvis has featured in the Alvis Owners Club magazines and been used by Richard Hoskins Insurance in a classic car marketing campaign.

With continuous history from new, and just 6 owners in over 80 years, this fine Alvis Speed 20 SD Tourer is estimated to sell for £100,000-120,000* at the Charterhouse classic & vintage car auction on Sunday 18th June, which is being held in conjunction with the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this specialist classic and vintage car auction and for their two day auction on 22nd & 23rd June which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits.

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

May 12, 2017
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Very Downton Abbey

Image210The Charterhouse two day May auction on the 18th & 19th includes a large Tiffany silver bowl with a marriage story similar to the hugely successful Downton Abbey television series.

“It is a substantial silver bowl made by Tiffany which makes it valuable in its own right.” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, on this occasion, I think it is the presentation inscription which also adds value as it is a wedding present celebrating the marriage between one of America’s wealthiest families and the 8th Duke of Roxburghe, somewhat similar to the marriage of the Earl of Grantham and Cora Levinson, the daughter of an American millionaire dry goods merchant!”

The silver bowl measures 33.5 cm wide and is engraved with a coronet above initials for the 8th Duke of Roxburghe to thImage211e centre. On the underside of the bowl it is inscribed “Presented to Miss Goelet by the servants of New York and Newport November tenth 1903” which has slight undertones of another popular television series “Upstairs Downstairs” where the aristocratic family were seen, like the initials and coronet, whilst the staff remained out of sight, just like the presentation inscription on the underside.

Mary Goelet was the daughter of the New York real-estate millionaire Ogden Goelet. When Mary married in 1903, her dowry was $20,000,000, which in today’s terms is estimated at a staggering $500,000,000.

The bowl, which was inherited from the vendor’s father several years ago, has been sitting on the sideboard of a 17th century Dorset cottage for years. Estimated at £700-1,000 it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in their SImage212herborne salerooms on Thursday 18th May.

Viewing for the auction at The Log Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS is on Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th May or you can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also accessible.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their June auctions which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

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

May 09, 2017
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Black Shadow back in the Limelight

DSC_0122A 1949 HRD Vincent Black Shadow Series C motorcycle is ready to go under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May at The Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

“The Vincent Black Shadow is a thumping great machine. With its 1,000cc engine it would take it owners to 125 mph at a time when most family saloon cars would struggle to go half as fast!” Commented Matthew Whitney. “They always have been, and always will be, one of the most sought after motorcycles and this is a rare opportunity for a buyer to acquire a beautifully restored matching numbers Black Shadow.”

The Vincent Black Shadow, when new, was sold as the world’s fastest production motorcycle with all bikes sold were tested to 125 mph. When new, Shadows were so expensive to produce that Vincent actually sold them at a loss.DSC_0113

The Charterhouse Black Shadow was bought by the owner as a box of bits in 2008 and he spent the next year fully restoring the Vincent. It was known to be last on the road in 1979. Since this restoration, the bike has covered just 200 miles and lived in its owner’s hallways in his Cambridge home where he (and his wife) could appreciate it every day!!

Now only being offered for auction as the owner is 85 years old and he does not think he will ride it again, this matching numbers Black Shadow is estimated to sell for £70,000-80,000* in the Charterhouse specialist classic motorcycle auction.

Charterhouse is accepting late entries for this classic motorcycle auction on Wednesday 10th May. Viewing for the auction, which starts at 12 noon, is on the sale day only from 9am. Catalogues are available from Charterhouse or you can see all the motorcycles on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also available.

They are also accepting entries of for their two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with Royal Doulton and Beswick, and for their next specialist sale of classic and vintage cars on 18th June.

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

April 26, 2017
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Beswick Bidders Saddle Up

Beswick horses  £30- £3,000The Charterhouse two day May auction on the 18th & 19th includes 100’s of Beswick horses and other animals.

“We received instructions to sell an important Beswick collection from the family of a long standing client in Manchester who sadly passed away earlier this year. He built up one of the largest collections of Beswick animals I have seen for a long time.” Commented Naomi Grabham. “First up we carried out a probate valuation for the executors. There were horses absolutely everywhere in the house – no shelf or table top escaped, and we valued the collection at over £50,000.”

After instructions to auction the collection were received, Charterhouse despatched their own team of porters and vans to Manchester where they spent two days carefully packing the collection.Beswick Shire Mares (L-R) £1500-2500 £800-1200 & £500-800)

Included in the auction there are Beswick horses in all shapes, sizes and colours. Estimates vary from £30 up to £3,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT) for some of the rarer pieces. With nearly 500 lots just of Beswick, Charterhouse are expecting the auction on Thursday 18th May to be very busy with collectors attending in person from far and wide or bidding live at the auction via the internet.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for this two day auction on 18th & 19th May auction featuring this collection of Beswick, with Doulton, silver, watches and jewellery. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May and their next auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

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

April 12, 2017
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Collections up for Auction

1 DraculaThe Charterhouse two day auction on 20th and 21st April of 1,100 lots includes the library of books from the late Dr McDonald Critchley CBE and pictures from the private collection of Dr Mohammed Said Farsi.

“The collections from both Doctors could not be more different in taste but appear similar in that they amassed so many items.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Both were clearly leading expert in their chosen fields of collecting having spent decades adding to their collections with all their items now entered for auction without reserves.”

The late Dr MacDonald Critchley lived at Nether Stowey near Bridgwater and Charterhouse were instructed by the executors to auction his library. In practice, he was a specialist neurologist and a founder member of The British Migrane Trust. A published scientist, he amassed a large library of books relating not only to the study of neurology and phrenology, but also Dylan Thomas and Charles Dickens. One of the more valuable sets of books is The Nonesuch Dickens – a 25 volume set printed in 1937/38. Estimated at £1,000-2,000* this limited edition of 877 sets, but 66 sets were destroyed in 1940 when a bomb hit the bindery!

Also of interest from this library is a signed presentation copy of H G Wells’ book Ann Veronica. Inscribed from H G Wells to his 1 Henri Emilien Rousseauthen friend Henry James, it is valued at £300-500* and an early copy of Bram Stokers Dracula £500-800*

Dr Mohammed Said Farsi was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Upon the completion of his studies in Alexandria, he returned to his hometown of Jaddah as a qualified architect and entered government service in 1963. He quickly rose through government and was appointed Planning Officer for the Kingdom of Western Saudi Arabia. As an art collector Dr Farsi’s vision as a city planner was to integrate important contemporary art into public spaces and commissioned works by artists including Henry Moore.

Entered into the auction from Dr Farsi are nearly 100 pictures estimated from £100 to the low thousands. Artists from Europe and Egypt include Ragheb Ayad, Henri Emilien Rousseau, Kamel Moustafa, and Ahmed Sabri.

Viewing for the auction at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne DT9 3BS is on Wednesday 19th 10-6 and Thursday 20th 9-5. Alternatively, you can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accept1 Nonesuch Dickensing entries for their auctions of two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with specialist sections of wine, port & whisky and Royal Doulton and Beswick. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Wednesday 12th April followed by classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May.

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

April 06, 2017
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Velocette Rises Out of the Fire

Velocette 13A 1937 Velocette Works 500, which was in a garage fire when in Australia 80 years ago, has been totally rebuilt and is now entered in to the Charterhouse auction of Classic and Vintage Motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May where it is expected to sell for tens of thousands of pounds.

“As an ex-Velocette Works motorcycle it was tragically destroyed by a garage fire beyond recognition when in Australia.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Thankfully it was more recently rebuilt by Bob Jolly from Australia along with Rod Coleman from New Zealand, both well-known and respected Velocette racers and restorers, using a few rescued parts with the rest of the bike being completed with new machined parts.”Velocette 65

The West Country owner of this special Velocette flew out to Australia to look at the Velocette with a view to buying the bike, which he did. A retired Rolls Royce engineer himself, he owns other Velocette’s but cannot find enough hours in the day to use this Works tool room copy.

Road registered with its V5C document, this full bloodied racer makes quite a noise when started. With the original racing sister Velocette Works 500 in The National Motor Museum at Solihull probably worth a six figure sum, this Velocette tool room copy is estimated to sell for £38,000-42,000 plus Buyers Premium of 12% incl VAT.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions including classic cars on Wednesday 12th April, and classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May. They are also accepting entries of pictures, prints and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in their two day 19th & 20th April auction and their two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with specialist sections of wine, port & whisky and Royal Doulton and Beswick.

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

March 30, 2017
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Bidders Root for Books

Image105The collection of letters which formed the bestselling Henry Root books by satirist William Donaldson are included in the Charterhouse two day auction on 20th and 21st April in Sherborne, Dorset.

“William Donaldson certainly was an interesting person. Educated at Winchester College and then Cambridge he clearly led an varied life having made and lost fortunes.” Commented Richards Bromell. “The Letters are hilarious. Although I was just too young to read his books when they came out, I must admit to have spent probably too much time working on so called research today having now read most of them!”Root 6

The Henry Root books of letters poked fun at leading politicians, stars of stage and screen, musicians, newspaper editors, Lords, other dignitaries and even The Queen generally without them knowing. He usually included a £1 note as a donation which was sometimes kept and sometimes returned.

The Henry Root Letters are being sold by the late William Donaldson’s third wife. William Donaldson passed away in 2005 aged 70 and Mrs Donaldson moved to the West Country a few years ago.

Having stored the arRoot 16chive in several boxes for years, she has decided now is the time for her to dispose of the collection. In addition to the Letters, there is correspondence to and from William Donaldson and his publishers, friends and acquaintances, some letters which were not featured in the either of the volumes, newspaper cuttings, signed presentation books, numerous photographs and ephemera with the whole collection expected to sell for thousands of pounds.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions of books and pictures with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in their two day 20th & 21st April auction and their two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with specialist sections of wine, port & whisky and Royal Doulton and Beswick. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Wednesday 12th April followed by classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May.

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

March 22, 2017
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Mighty MG at Charterhouse

A 1948 MGTC at Charterhouse-34A MG TC, the like of which was a favourite of WWII fighter pilots, is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse sale of classic and vintage cars on Wednesday 12th April.

“This rare little MG has been subject to a full restoration by the owner over a 10 year period after he imported the car from the USA in 2006.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “There were 10,001 MG TC’s made between 1945 and 1950 with many being exported to the USA despite being made only in right hand drive and this beautifully presented MG is only for sale as its Somerset owner is moving to StaffordshireA 1948 MGTC at Charterhouse-13.”

Made to be exported to the USA in 1948, this MG TC has undergone a body off restoration. During the 10 year restoration, it received a new ash frame, the original engine was restored, and it was repainted in a light blue with a faun leather interior installed.

Now ready for some summer fun, this charming piece of British motoring history is estimated at £28,000-32,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions including classic cars on Wednesday 12th April, and classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May. They are also accepting entries of pictures, prints and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in their two day 19th & 20th April auction and their two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with specialist sections of wine, port & whisky and Royal Doulton and Beswick.

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

March 16, 2017
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Italian Painting is a Masterpiece

Image002A large oil painting by Italian artist Raffaello Sorbi is one of the star pictures lots in the Charterhouse two day auction of pictures, books, sporting items, antiques and interiors on 20th & 21st April in Sherborne

“It is a beautifully executed oil painting depicting the mortally wounded Corso Donati being transported by the monks of San Salvi to their Abbey.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Signed and dated 1867, it appears it is a slightly later version, probably commissioned by a wealthy patron, to the one he painted and exhibited which won him an award at the Florentine Triennale contest of 1861.”Image007

Coming to the Charterhouse auction from an old farmhouse south of Bristol, it has been in the owner’s family for at least three generations. For some of this time the painting was hung in the children’s nursery although whether it gave the children nightmares or not is unknown!

Estimated at £20,000-30,000* it sits in a fine Florentine carved giltwood frame and is in original condition.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions including pictures, prints and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April. They are also taking entries for their next specialist auction of classic cars in April and classic motorcycles in May.

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

March 08, 2017
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Stamp of Approval at Charterhouse

ATG Vast stamp collectionThe Charterhouse auction of collector’s items in Sherborne on Friday 17th March includes a huge selection of stamps and postal history.

“Our collector’s auctions always have a good lot of coins, medals and stamps, but this sale includes the largest selection of stamps we have seen for a long time.” Commented Richard Bromell. “The main collection comes from a client in Wellington who moved house a couple of years ago. With a large downsize in property, he had little choice but to place his collection in a containerised storage unit where it stayed in secure plastic crates until we turned up in one of our vans and removed the collection to be valued, sorted and catalogued at our Sherborne salerooms.”

From the Wellington client there are 1,000’s of PHQ cards, first day covers, presentation packs, prestige books, stamp booklets and Image100aa vast range of stamps from the legendary Penny Blacks of 1840, sheets and parts sheets along with high value stamps through to modern collector packs. The collection is estimated to sell for £10,000.

Also in this collectors auction, there are other stamps, medal and coin collections, model trains and cars, postcards, dolls, teddy bears, Rolex and other watches, longcase, bracket and wall clocks, with a lifetime collection of 100’s of pieces of Swarovski along with antiques and interiors.

Viewing for the auction is on Wednesday 15th 10am-6pm and Thursday 16th 9am-5pm. Catalogues are available from Charterhouse or you can browse through all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions including pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April, silver, jewellery and watches with specialist sections of Beswick, wine, port and spirits.

They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic and vintage cars in April with classic and vintage motorcycles in May.

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

March 02, 2017
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Top Trunk

Image004A Japanese trunk, which has been in a storage unit near London for many years, was sold by Charterhouse in their February antiques and interiors auction for £55,000

“It is not unusual for us to meet clients at a storage unit where they have kept surplus items, but it is unusual to see an early 17th century Japanese Momoyama trunk in one!” Commented George Holtby. “The owner attached no great value to the trunk and was pleased with our pre-sale estimate of £2,000-4,000 which we then increased to £5,000-10,000 when the catalogue went to print.”

Featured on the front cover of the Charterhouse auction catalogue, it was also advertised in an international trade newspaper. IImage009n addition, Charterhouse were proactive in their approach letting specialist dealers and museums from Japan, Portugal and America as well as in London know about the trunk in advance of the sale.

Viewing at the auction for the trunk was very busy, with one dealer driving from Northumberland just to study it, along with numerous email enquiries.

On the sale day, there were 10 telephone lines booked, including the dealer from Northumberland. After a protracted bidding war between all the telephone bidders, the hammer fell at £55,000 to a specialist London dealer. 

Made in Japan for the Portuguese market, the trunk dates to circa 1600-1620 and measures 95 cm wide x 45 cm high. A rare survivor, it features black and gilt lacquer panels on an unusual shagreen ground and would have graced an important Portuguese home or monastery storing valuable personal items.

Charterhouse is now accepting entImage005ries for their Spring programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, clock and collectors’ items in March followed by pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April. They are also taking entries for their next specialist auction of Classic Cars in April and Classic Motorcycles in May.

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

February 22, 2017
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Star Cars and Motorcycles at Charterhouse

Two February weekends of selIMG_5463ling classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground at Shepton Mallet resulted in Charterhouse selling over £450,000 of machines.

“Both auctions were held in conjunction with specialist shows – the Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show and the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show. The footfall through on both viewing days was huge.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Although there were a lot of lesser spotted tyre kickers, we did manage to sell several cars and motorcycles to buyers who turned up with no intention of owning another car or bike!”

Top lot was a 1953 Jaguar XK120 which sold for £73,000. There were five telephone lines booked on this Jaguar along with numerous live internet bidding and several buyers who turned up to buy it. After a long bidding war, the hammer came down to a Yorkshire collector bidding by telephone as he was abroad on holiday.

Probably the most photographed lot in the both auctions was the charming Wallace &IMG_5515 Gromit Austin A35 promotional van sold for £18,500 to a turnip farmer. Underbid by a keen member of the Austin A30/35 enthusiast club, the lady farmer was heard to say “What have I done?” although she was smiling at the time.

Elsewhere in the car auction, a 1949 Land Rover Series I sold for £19,000, two VW camper vans £14,000 & £13,800, a 1951 left hand drive Riley RMD £18,200, a 1972 Dodge Challenger £13,500, a 1963 Lotus Super Seven £20,000 and a 1933 Rolls Royce 20/25 £20,000.

In the motorcycle auction, a Rickman Metisse sold for £8,800, a 1962 Matchless G15/45 £8,000 which was part of a collection of motorcycles from Wales which totalled £30,000, a 1974 Norton Commando Interstate £8,000, a 1967 BSA ex-RAF Police motorcycle £3,700 and a barn stored NSU scooter in need to full restoration £920.

Charterhouse is now1967-8 BSA Rickman Metisse accepting entries for their next specialist auctions of classic and vintage cars on 12th April followed by classic motorcycles on 10th May.

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

February 16, 2017
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Military Medals at Charterhouse

DSCF3543A group of World War II and other medals awarded to Sergeant Francis Mason are expected to sell for well over £1,000 in the Charterhouse auction of collectors items in Sherborne on Friday 17th March.

“Francis Mason was not only awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, but also a Military Medal for bravery in the field which is quite a scarce gallantry award with just over 15,000 such medals awarded in the Second World War”. Commented Richard Bromell. “As a soldier in The Royal Artillery, he served in India before the Second World War. During the war, he was taken as a Prisoner of War and afterwards he enrolled as a Yeoman Warder’s of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London in 1951, which we usually just refer to as a Beefeater, a position heImage161 held until 1972”

The medals, estimated at £1,000-1,500, are being entered into the Charterhouse auction from his family who live in Kent. They come to auction with a good range of formal military photographs, letters and ephemera all relating to Mason which adds value for collectors.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their Spring programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, clock and collectors’ items in March followed by pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April. They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic and vintage cars in April.

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

February 09, 2017
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Country House Auction at Charterhouse

DSCF2146The Charterhouse auction on Friday 17th February includes the residual contents removed from Chalmington Manor near Dorchester.

“Chalmington Manor has been in the same family ownership for over 50 years.” Commented Richard Bromell. “It is a substantial 12 bedroom Grade II listed manor house right in the middle of Hardy country. Needless to say, with such generous sized rooms most of the furniture is on a grand scale.”

Lots removed from Chalmington Manor include a huge Regency style mahogany dining table. Measuring over 20 feet long it comes to auction with a set of 20 dining chairs with the suite is estimated at £1,500-3,000.

From the first floor billiard room comes a large mahogany library bookcase. The upper section has two pairs of bar glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves for books whilst the lower section has two pairs of panel doors enclosing 24 drawers arranged in four banks and is estimated at £1,000-2,000.

Also on the first floor, and in one of the principle bedrooms, is a late 19th century inlaid mahogany breakfront wardrobe. Fitted with plenty of hanging space and drawerP Library bcase opens, this is estimated at £500-1,000.

The Chalmington Manor furniture combined with furniture, silver and jewellery with a selection of wine and port from other clients across the West Country at Charterhouse gives the salerooms very much a country house auction feel.

Viewing for this auction is on Wednesday 15th 10am-6pm and Thursday 16th 9am-5pm. Alternatively, you can view the auction lots on line at www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their Spring programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, clock and collectors’ items in March followed by pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April.

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

February 06, 2017
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