Prized Pair Come to Charterhouse

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A pair of oil paintings of a prized bull and cow are included in the Charterhouse two day auction on 7th & 8th January.

“Animals are a perennial favourite at auction and this pair of cattle will generate interest not only from farmers but also collectors, interior designers and decorators such is their charm.” Commented Richard Bromell.

Painted by Freda Nellie Skinner they are of a prized Champion Devon Red bull and a cow. Freda Skinner was born in 1911 and grew up on a farm. She painted both cattle when she was just eleven and twelve years old.

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Jewellery being sold for Yeovil Breast Cancer Unit Appeal at Charterhouse

Included in the Charterhouse three day December auction in Sherborne is a beautiful rainbow sapphire bracelet, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Yeovil Breast Cancer Unit Appeal.

“The owner, a retired Doctor, was inspired to fundraise having seen the support the nation has given the NHS during the lockdowns.” Commented Richard Bromell. “In the end, she decided to support the Yeovil Breast Cancer Unit Appeal who are looking to raise £2 million for a dedicated breast cancer unit at Yeovil Hospital and asked us to auction a favourite piece of her jewellery to benefit this important appeal.”

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Mammoth Three Day Charterhouse Auction

Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne have been working hard behind closed doors following government guidelines putting together the final touches on their three day December online auction.

“We were fortunate to have plenty of work to get through which was with us before the start of lockdown.” Commented Richard Bromell. “This combined with our October auction which was postponed has resulted in a whopping three day online auction where collectors and those looking for unique Christmas presents will be able to bid, buy and have delivered in plenty of time before 25th December.”

First up, on Thursday 3rd December, there is a collection of walking sticks. The market for walking stick remains high and there are sticks estimated from £50 to £20,000. This collection is then followed on with nearly 500 lots of silver, jewellery and watches with lots from £30 to £30,000.

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Old Money

A small group of coins are expected to sell for a lot when they go under the Charterhouse gavel in their 3rd, 4th & 5th December three day online auction.

“We have had great success selling coins, medals, militaria and stamps over the decades.” Commented Richard Bromell. “But perhaps the biggest misconception in coins collecting is age means value as you can have a Roman coin worth less than £30 and a 2009 Kew Gardens commemorative 50p coin worth over £200.”

In amongst the coin section of the auction there is a small group of 7 gold coins valued at thousands of pounds.

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Diamonds are a Man’s Best Friend

With Christmas just around the corner there is a great selection of diamond and other jewellery in the Charterhouse three day auction on the 3rd, 4th & 5th December. (Originally postponed from November 5th & 6th due to UK lockdown, this auction will go ahead online, even if the lockdown is still in place)

“Diamonds are a man’s best friend when it comes to giving presents, at Christmas or in fact at any time of the year!” Commented Richard Bromell. “Over the decades I have sold many a diamond to a client as a present and at this time of year there are plenty of interested buyers bidding for lots as presents for a loved one.”

Going under the hammer in the Charterhouse jewellery auction is a large diamond solitaire ring. Measuring in at a huge 5.4 ct, the round brilliant cut diamond is set in 18ct gold. Given to the owner by an admirer several years ago, and having been valued for insurance at a staggering £100,000, this whopping diamond ring is estimated at £25,000-30,000. [EDIT sold for £26,000]

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Marvellous Mini Comes to Charterhouse

The owner of a Mini, which was given to her when she was just 17 in 1981, is looking for a new home in the Charterhouse online auction of classic cars on Wednesday 11th November.

“The ownerdecided that after nearly 40 years of ownership it is time to let someone else enjoy the car.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Classic Mini’s remain hugely popular with enthusiasts. Over the years we have had some great success selling Mini’s like the garage stored 1965 Mini Cooper S sold in our last online classic car auction for £28,600.”

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Marvellous Motorcycles

There are some marvellous motorcycles going under the Charterhouse hammer in their online auction of classic and vintage motorbikes on Wednesday 28th October.

“There are some great pre and post war motorbikes from barn stored basket cases to perfect concours condition motorcycles.” Commented Richard Bromell. “We have had entries from up and down the country. This combined with estimated from £500 to £30,000 means there will be something of interest for every motorbike enthusiast.”

For those looking for a winter restoration project, a shed in Devon has given up a quartet of motorcycles all being sold without reserve including a 1964 Triumph 3TA. This should be a rewarding project and is estimated at £500-700.

For fans of pre-war motorcycles a 1930 AJS Model R12 twin port, a rare 250cc bike totally restored to original specification is valued at £6,000-7,000. From the same owner, in Maidenhead, is a 1951 Velocette MAC 350. Restored to concours condition, this is ready to be enjoyed estimated at £7,000-8,000.

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Full of Eastern Promise

A Chinese box and cover, estimated to sell for thousands of pounds, has been discovered by Charterhouse at a client’s house after a lockdown sort out.

“The owner moved home several years ago and during the Coronavirus lockdown finally unpacked the last few remaining boxes.” Commented Richard Bromell. “There was silver and other small antiques which lay hidden underneath the bed gathering dust. However, for me it was the Chinese red box which stood out like a sore thumb heads and shoulders above all the other items.”

The Chinese heart shaped box and cover is estimated to sell for £2,000-4,000 in the Charterhouse specialist auction of Asian Art in their two day auction on 5th & 6th November.

Made of red cinnabar lacquer, it has survived travelling 1,000’s of miles, numerous house moves and two World Wars in pretty good condition with a just few chips.

Lacquer has been used in China for at least 3,000 years. The technique of carving into very thick coatings appears to have been developed in the 12th century. It is extremely time-consuming to produce, and has always been a luxury product, essentially restricted to China although imitated in Japanese lacquer in somewhat different styles.

Today the demand for Chinese red lacquer is high not only from China, but also collectors from Europe and America. With all Charterhouse auctions being online, the auctioneers are expecting the bidding to be fast and furious from around the world for all the lots.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for their autumn programme of auctions including classic and vintage motorcycles on 28th October, Asian Art, silver, jewellery & watches with on 5th & 6th November with classic and vintage cars on 11th November.


For further information regarding these auctions, or to make a Covid-19 safe home visit, contact Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email images to Richard on



Covered in dust and hidden away under a bed, a Chinese red lacquered box and cover £2,000-4,000 in the Charterhouse Asian Art auction 5th & 6th November

Little Mini Sells for a Lot

A 1965 Mini Cooper S, which had lain in a Derbyshire garage for nearly 50 years, sold for £28,600 in the Charterhouse auction of classic cars on 23rd September.

“Everyone loves a project, especially one which has been squirreled away for decades.” Commented Richard Bromell.

The Mini Cooper S was last on the road in 1973 when it was driven into its garage. It lay dormant here until being discovered by the executors in 2020 after the owner passed away.

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Manor House Contents at Auction

The contents of a Somerset Manor house are being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne in their two day auction on Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd October.

“It is a beautiful looking property which in part dates back to the 15th century.” Commented Richard Bromell. “We were invited to the house, which is near Bridgwater, to advise on disposing of the contents as a family member ad moved into care and the house was being sold.”

Removed to the Charterhouse salerooms in

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