Country House Look

The owner of a large Dorset country house has had a sort out and entered hundreds of pictures into the Charterhouse two day October auction of pictures, sporting items, Beswick and antiques.

“The owner has been an avid collector for many years having bought many of the pictures from galleries, exhibitions and auctions including Christies and Charterhouse!” Commented Richard Bromell “Despite having plenty of wall space to hang the pictures on, many were stored about the property and the owner has now decided to clear the decks.”

Pictures from this country house date from the 18th to 20th centuries. There are portraits, views of rural life,

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Mad Looking Moggies at Auction

A painting and collection of postcards by cat loving artist Louis Wain are in the Charterhouse auction of collectors’ items on Friday 20th September in Sherborne.

“It is difficult not to smile at Louis Wain pictures.” Commented Richard Bromell. “His style has never been recreated by any other artist successfully and today his drawings, books, postcards and other illustrations are collected worldwide. Such is the continued interest in Louis Wain that Benedict Cumberbatch will be staring as Louis Wain in a film which is currently in production.”

Louis Wain, born in 1860, is known for his drawings of anthropomorphised large eyed cats and kittens. He started drawing cats when he adopted a stray cat which he named Peter.

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Charterhouse to hold Historic Motorcycle Auctions at the IOM Classic TT

The Isle of Man Government’s Department of Enterprise has signed an agreement with Charterhouse Auctioneers in Dorset to be an official partner of the Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts.

The partnership includes Charterhouse running an auction of historic, vintage & classic motorcycles at the Classic TT races from 2020. The first auction is scheduled to take place during the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2020 in a specially constructed venue in the Classic TT

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Pilots Medals at Auction

A group of World War Two medals, including a Distinguished Flying Cross, are included in the Charterhouse September auction of collectors’ items in Sherborne.

“The market for medals remains strong.” Commented Richard Bromell. “The medals come to auction from his late wife’s estate and as there are sadly no living relatives the executors instructed us to sell them.”

The medals were awarded to Flight Lieutenant Arthur Slinn RAFVR. They comprise a Distinguished Flying Cross, a 1939-45 Star, a France & Germany Star and a War Medal. In addition, there is his Pilot’s Flying Log Book, various letters, documents, notes and photographs.

During the war, Ft Lt Slinn flew a broad range of aircraft. These included Wellington and

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August Auctions


Although the sun is out the team of specialists at Charterhouse have pulled together another amazing array of lots for their August auctions with specialist sales of motorcycles, silver, jewellery, watches and country house interiors.

“It has been full on during the warm weather this year.” Commented Richard Bromell. “My favourite appointment was to meet client to view at his motorcycle collection which was stored at the Top Gear race track near Guildford, but sadly it was not on a filming day!”

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Model Attraction

The September two day auction of collectors’ items at Charterhouse in Sherborne includes a charming scale model of a Burrell engine.

“Many games today are oriented towards computers, smart phones and tablets” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, at auctions, collecting is driven by nostalgia and this wonderful Bassett-Lowke model of a Road Tractor, which could have been built for a child to play with, will now probably be bought by a mature collector to enjoy or maybe by someone fired up to start collecting after a visit to The Great Dorset Steam Fair in late August.”

Dating to the 1950’s or 1960’s,

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A Month of Successes

The Charterhouse marathon three day July auction turned up some stunning lots and many top prices.

“It has been a very busy month with many hot lots along with hot temperatures!” Commented Richard Bromell. “We have scoured the West Country and beyond clearing houses, seeing collections and advising on single items, all of which culminated with the three days of auctioneering making a great total just shy of £400,000.”

On Thursday 18th July, the auction

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Marathon Three Days of Auctions

Whilst some people are thinking of their summer holidays relaxing in the sun it is full steam ahead at Charterhouse in Sherborne as they set off on a mammoth three days of auctions on the 18th, 19th and 21st July.

“To say we have been busy is probably an understatement!” Commented Richard Bromell. “Our team of specialist valuers have travelled far and wide to put together an amazing array of pictures, automobilia, antiques and classic cars and

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Lovely Cornish Lass at Charterhouse

A watercolour drawing by Walter Langley is going under the hammer in the Charterhouse 18th & 19th July two day auction in Sherborne.

“Like all Walter Langley’s watercolour drawings it is beautifully executed.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Walter painted in watercolour at a time when painting in oil was more prestigious and today he continues to be highly sought after by collectors and museums.”

Walter Langley moved with his family to Newlyn, Cornwall in 1881. He came from a working class background with far left political views. His working class background enabled him to identify with the villagers and the hardships they endured. Many of his paintings reflect this sympathy for with the working class fisher folk amongst whom he lived with just like the Charterhouse drawing, entitled The Lass Who Loves A Sailor which is estimated to sell for £7,000-9,000.

The Newlyn School was a colony of artists based

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Ace Automobilia at Charterhouse


There is a vast collection of automobilia in the Charterhouse two day auction on 18th & 19th July.

“Automobilia is the term used to describe anything related to motorcars, motor racing and garages or really to do with mechanically propelled vehicles.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Today the market for automobilia is strong with bidders looking to buy anything from old enamel signs

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