Chinese Censer Creates a Commotion at Charterhouse

A Chinese censer, which Charterhouse Auctioneers discovered on top of a wardrobe in a Dorset farmhouse, sold for a massive £154,250 in their October auction. “When I first spied the censer it was sitting on top of a wardrobe, rather like a wise old owl. Having taken it down, and cleaned off numerous layers of dust built up over the years I thought what a beautiful design the all over repeating floral pattern was. However, I also noticed that one of the handles had been repaired with a staple and that the cover might not quite fit the base. ” Commented Richard Bromell.The Chinese censer was then featured on the cover of the Charterhouse catalogue and featured in an international trade paper. Estimated at up to £3,000, primarily due to the old repair and having an associated cover, there was huge interest from London, China and the USA in the lot before the auction on Friday 25th October. With a bank of ten telephone lines booked with bidders from around the world, along with strong internet bidding, the hammer finally fell to a London client who parted with £154,250. Although considerably higher than the Charterhouse estimate, the owner had the censer looked at by another firm of auctioneers a few years before who advised him it was worth just £400!This is the second time this year Charterhouse in Sherborne has sold a damaged piece of pottery for a six figure sum. In February, they sold an Italian istoriato maiolica plate with a chip for £565,000. Rather bizarrely, both pieces of chipped pottery have spent decades living less than 2 miles away from each other. Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of antiques auctions with specialist sections of ceramics, silver, watches & jewellery in November and for their December collectors auction including coins, stamps, medals and clocks.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comRichard Bromell with the beautiful Chinese censer discovered on top of a wardrobe sold for £154,250The Chinese censer sold for £154,250Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Appointments at Charterhouse

Naomi Grabham and Matthew Whitney have both been appointed Associate Directors at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne.Charterhouse Auctioneers, based at The Long Street Salerooms in Sherborne, are a family run business set up at the end of the last century. Owned and run by Richard and Abigail Bromell, the business has seen consistent growth and expansion over the past decade, and in particular, over the past 5 years. “Matthew, our Classic Car expert, has worked for us for nearly 12 years. Initially as a consultant, he moved to us full time 8 years ago. During this time he has sold millions of pounds of classic cars, with one auction last year totalling £360,000, making Charterhouse one of the leading firms of classic car auctioneers in the Country. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Naomi first came to us on work experience before she had even taken her GCSE’s! After her A levels, she went to university where she passed her degree in Fine Arts & Valuation with flying colours, joining us immediately afterwards. Today, Naomi heads up our ceramic and glass department and is a well known and highly respected expert in Beswick and Royal Doulton. “In addition to these appointments, Charterhouse Auctioneers have also appointed Jade Bailey as a Business Administration Apprentice. She moves to Charterhouse from The Gryphon School in Sherborne. Jade will help with all aspect of administration in the business and has special responsibility for the post. With Charterhouse selling to clients around the world through live internet bidding there are always parcels to be packed, weighed and checked on a daily basis.Matthew Whitney (left) Associate Director, Naomi Grabham (middle) Associate Director & Richard Bromell, Director (right)Jade Bailey, Business Administration Apprentice at CharterhouseQuick Links Forthcoming Sale Contact Previous Sale How to find us Sale Catalogues Tel: (01935) 812277 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Time Warp Triumph Motorcycle at Charterhouse

A 1981 Triumph Bonneville T140E motorcycle is one of the great lots already entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles in February. “It is quite simply amazing. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “We often come across low mileage vehicles with one lady vicar owners, but in this case, the Triumph has never been registered, has never been on the road and has never been started! “This classic Triumph Bonneville has the 750cc twin engine with front disc brake and is finished in a rare smoky flame two tone metallic paint. Still retaining some of its protective grease covering from when it left the factory for transportation, it represents a truly unique opportunity to acquire a piece of iconic British motorcycling history.The owner, who lives near Crewkerne, has retired and is planning a move to Devon. Originally costing £1,064.53p in 1981, it is estimated to sell for £9,500-10,500 in 2014 at this specialist Charterhouse auction on Sunday 16th February.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of auctions including their collector’s auction including coins, stamps, medals and clocks in December, Pictures, Beswick and Royal Doulton in January and classic cars and motorcycles in February.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comThe amazing time warp Triumph, being sold by Sherborne based Charterhouse Auctioneers in February £9,500-10,500 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

A Mini Miracle at Charterhouse Classic Car Auction

A time warp one owner Mini Cooper is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse auction of Classic & Vintage cars on Sunday 4th November at The Royal Bath & West Showground. “It is probably the most important Mini Cooper I have been instructed to sell. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It was purchased new in 1966 from Stringers in Portsmouth by Mr Smith and he drove it until the hot summer of 1976 when it was driven into the garage where is did not turn another wheel until earlier this year when relatives started to clear his house after he passed away. Making amazing discoveries such as this is what being an auctioneer is all about, but on this occasion it was in a Christchurch domestic garage rather than a farmyard barn on the middle of Exmoor. ” Mini Coopers are synonymous with the swinging sixties and an icon of British motoring. However, what is so special about this particular Mini Cooper is that it has only covered 22,270 miles over the past 46 years. So often classic Mini’s have covered intergalactic miles or had panels and engines replaced, but this Cooper is a matching numbers car in totally original condition. During the 1960’s and 1970’s Mr Smith worked on cruise ship which explains why the car never travelled far.Over the past few years, Mini’s have steadily risen in value and Charterhouse have had some outstanding Mini results including a Mini pick up sold for £8,200, a Mini custom van sold for £12,200 and a late model 1995 Mini Cooper with just a few hundred miles £12,500.Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars is on Saturday 3rd November at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, in conjunction with the Footman James Classic Car Show. The auction is on Sunday 4th November with the cars starting at 1.00pm. Full details and all the car entries are available on www.charterhouse-auction.com Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions, including late entries into this classic and vintage cars, a special auction of silver, jewellery & watches, and wine, port & spirits, all in November. To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on mw@charterhouse-auction.comA 1966 Mini Cooper in a miraculously original condition with only one owner and 22,270 recorded miles in 46 years £8,000-12,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Don’t Drink and Drive

Charterhouse Auctioneers have a busy programme of three auctions in February, when bidders will be able to buy a huge variety of lots from fine wine to classic cars. “We always encourage our bidders to enjoy their purchases, but would not recommend mixing wine with classic cars! ” Commented Richard Bromell. “It looks to be an exciting marathon of three auctions over four days starting on Thursday 13th February with silver, jewellery and watches, closely followed by wine, ceramics and furniture on Friday 14th, with the weekend being rounded off with an auction of over 70 classic vehicles at The Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday 16th. “The lots going under the Charterhouse hammer will have wide appeal to all bidders. Some of the more unusual lots include a vintage Chanel handbag £300-400, a gentleman’s 18ct gold pocket watch £2,000-3,000, a silver candelabrum, brought to Charterhouse from France as hand luggage on an easyJet flight at £1,000-1,500, a 5 litre or jeroboam bottle of Chateau Beaumont £400-600 and an Alvis Firefly vintage car at £33,000-35,000.For full information regarding these auction please contact the auctioneers on 01935 812277 or on www.charterhouse-auction.com where all the lots can be viewed.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of auctions including clocks, medals, stamps and other collector’s items in March and for their next auction of classic cars and motorcycles in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.com Anna Williams with the vintage Chanel handbag £300-400The silver candelabrum, brought to Charterhouse as hand luggage on an easyJet flight, £1,000-1,500A gentleman’s 18ct gold pocket watch £2,000-3,000A 5 litre bottle of Chateau Beaumont £400-600An Alvis Firefly £33,000-35,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Money You Can Bank On

A collection of old banknotes are worth big bucks in the Charterhouse collector’s auction on 13th & 14th December. “The client bought the banknotes in the late 1970’s and put them away for nearly 30 years. He is now having a sort out in his house before he moves to Worcestershire where his family lives, and took advantage of the free specialist valuation days we hold here every week. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “The market for coins, medals, stamps and banknotes is very strong at present. As a result, we have achieved some very high prices in our specialist collector’s auctions and when these banknotes go under the hammer they have the added bonus of being sold live on the internet. “The most valuable notes from this collection are two white £100 Bank of England banknotes. With consecutive numbers, being in an extremely fine condition and dating to 1935, they are estimated to sell for £1,000-2,000.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, model toys and collectors items in December followed by an auction of pictures, prints and books in January.To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comPut Your Money Where Your Mouth Is €“ one of the two £100 banknotes being sold by Charterhouse in their December Collectors auction £1,000-2,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Chinese Panels Sell for £500,000 at Charterhouse

A set of four Chinese panels sold for £500,000 in Charterhouse February auction in Sherborne. “The Chinese panels were sold on Friday 14th February, a year to the day after we sold a magnificent Italian pottery charger for £565,000, and I thought at one point we were going to break the in house record for the most expensive lot we have sold! ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Initial reaction to the panels before the auction was relaxed, and on the morning of the auction I thought they might sell for about £20,000. However, when the lot was under way, selling it was hugely exciting as bidding increments were going up in £20,000 jumps! People were bidding in the saleroom, live through the internet and on the telephone, with the hammer falling to a Chinese bidder on the telephone. “The panels came from a chalet bungalow in Dorset. The family were sorting through items surplus to their needs after their father moved. Two of the panels were hung on the wall, while the other two panels were stored under a bed.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming spring auctions including dolls, medals, militaria, coins, stamps & other collector’s items in March, followed by classic cars and motorcycles in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comAnna Williams, Charterhouse staff member, with two of the four Chinese panels sold for £500,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Collectors Flock to Charterhouse Auction

The two day Charterhouse December auction of collectors’ items has some real gems amongst its lots. “The collectors market is particularly buoyant at present, especially in the coins, stamps and medal sections. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “I have had a lifelong interest in these specialist collecting fields although it is such a wide collecting field that you can never know it all! “Highlights already entered into this specialist auction, is a fine collection of stamps being the property of a Gentleman from London. With high value single stamps such as a George V £1 Seahorse stamp estimated at £400-600, a Queen Victoria brown £1 stamp £250-350 with its matching green £1 stamp £200-300 and several iconic penny blacks from £100 there is plenty of choice for collectors.In the coin section, there is a large collection of early English hammered coins from the 16th and 17th centuries from a Bournemouth client. For the modern coin collector there are two gold £5 coins estimated at £800-1200 each and for the banknote collector there are two consecutive white £100 banknotes from 1935 for £1000-1500.However, one of the star lots of the medals is a First World War Distinguished Service Order (DSO) medal group. Having been bought at a car boot sale for just a few pounds, this bargain hunter will be rewarded when the medals go under the hammer estimated at £800-1200!Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, model toys and collectors items on 13th and 14th December followed by an auction of pictures, prints and books in January and then classic cars in February.To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comSome of the collectors items being sold by Charterhouse in their December 13/14th auctionThe WWI DSO medal group £800-1200The George V £1 Seahorse stamp £400-600A modern gold £5 coin £800-1200One of the two 1935 £100 banknotes £1000-1500Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Classic Country House Contents at Charterhouse

Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne have been instructed to sell the entire contents of a colonial style country house. “Rarely do such wonderful contents come on the auction market. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Included in the auction are not only the contents of the formal drawing rooms, but also that of the staff quarters. I suppose it is just a shame that it is the contents of a dolls house rather than that a full size country house! “This doll’s house furniture was manufactured by Tynietoys, an American company. It was founded in 1920 by two entrepreneurial women, Marion Perkins and Amey Vernon who sold their popular range of dolls houses and accessories through department stores such as Marshall Field. Although produced on a commercial basis, the painted furniture is particularly sought after as this hand painted decoration was subcontracted to students of the Rhode Island School of Design.Originally owned by a family relation, the Tynietoys dolls colonial mansion house was given away to a convent many years ago. However, the contents were all packed up in two cardboard boxes in 1945, where they have stayed ever since until Charterhouse was asked to the Somerset house to value several items for auction.Now going under the Charterhouse hammer in their two day collector’s auction on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March, this dolls house collection is estimated at £300-500.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming Spring auctions including dolls, medals, militaria, coins, stamps & other collectors items in March, followed by classic cars and motorcycles in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comRichard Bromell with a Tynietoys wing armchair, painted by a student at The Rhode Island School of Design.Also included with the furniture is an original sale brochure showing a Colonial Mansion House with it furniture in room settingsVarious images of the Tynietoys furniture being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne £300-500Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Mighty Mini’s at Charterhouse

The Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 10th February includes a handful of Mini’s. “The Mini has to be one of the most instantly recognisable motor cars ever made. Its revolutionary design by Sir Alec Issigonis led the car which was to become a motoring icon when it was first produced in 1959. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Mini’s have always been popular at auction, no doubt aided by a great supply of spares, an active club scene, their versatility and that they are just fabulous fun! “The earliest of the Mini’s entered into the Charterhouse auction, which has nearly 50 classic cars and motorcycles, dates to 1962. This 850cc car has been in the same family ownership for 25 years and represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire an early low mileage Mini with good history at £8,000-9,000. At the other end of the scale, there is a rather special Mini. Having left the factory in 1970, it has now turned into a competitive sprint or hill climb car. Being highly modified, it is offered for sale £15,000-17,000, much lower than its build and development cost.However, if you are looking for a Mini on a smaller budget, then the 1971 car, which has been a local car covering an average of just 1,200 miles a year, could be your for £3,300-3,600. But for those of you looking for an interesting project, then a fully restored 1965 Mini Cooper S shell could be bought for £8,000-9,000. With fully completed Cooper S cars selling for over double the estimate, this represents a great opportunity for the lucky buyer.Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, is on Saturday 9th February 9.30am-4pm, and on the auction day, Sunday 10th, also from 9.30. However, for those not able to attend, Charterhouse also offer a live internet bidding service which is proving increasingly popular, just give them a call 01935 812277 or email them on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is still accepting late entries for this and for their next classic car and motorcycle auction For further information, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director, at Charterhouse in Sherborne 01935 812277 or go to their web site where you can see full details about the sale, all the cars and motorcycles.Mighty Mini’s at going under the Charterhouse HammerA 1962 Mini 850, family owned for 25 years £8,000-9,000A highly modified 1970 Mini sprint/hill climb car £15,000-17,000A 1971 Mini, having been a West Country car all its life having covered a believed 51,000 miles from new £3,300-3,600A 1965 rare Mini Cooper S rolling shell with running gear, needing finishing £8,000-9,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director