Library Books at Auction

A small group of books from the personal library of William Moorcroft, one of the country’s leading early 20th century potters, are going under the hammer in the Charterhouse two day auction on 17th & 18th April.

“It was a piece of Moorcroft pottery which I fell in love with as a young saleroom porter 34 years ago.” Commentated Richard Bromell. “Ever since then I have had a keen interest in Moorcroft along with half of the country it appears as it is so popular.”

William Moorcroft was born in Burslem, Staffordshire in 1872. He studied art at Burslem, London and Paris. In 1897 he joined James Macintyre as a designer and within a year he was overseeing the company’s art pottery studio where he developed his hugely successful tubeline decorated Florian wares.

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Chinese Censers Worth Thousands

A group of Chinese censers are estimated to sell for thousands of pounds in the Charterhouse specialist auction of Asian Art on Thursday 18th April.

“The Chinese bronze incense burners were just used as decoration in the owner’s house rather than being as they were designed.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Which was just as well with there being four incense burners in one room they would have certainly created quite a strong smell.”

Chinese incense burners have been around for over 2,000 years. They are used for burning incense which would perfume clothes, bed clothes and even kill insects and were made in a number of materials including jade, agate and bronze such as the ones entered into this Charterhouse auction.

The incense burners were acquired by an ancestor of the owner. Towards the end of the 19th century the family worked in the consular service in China and would have been acquired then. Moving forward to 2019 this is the first time they have been offered for sale in over 120 years.

The owner, who lives near Dorchester, took advantage of the home visit service Charterhouse offers clients looking to enter items into their range specialist antique and collector’s auctions.

Entered into the Charterhouse April Asian Art auction on Thursday 18th April, the group of four Chinese censers are estimated from £100 to £1,500, which pleasantly surprised the owner.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for this April specialist Asian Art auction. They are also accepting entries for their April auctions of classic & vintage cars followed by sporting items including vintage fishing tackle, pictures and books.

For advice, valuations and further information, contact Richard Bromell and the team of experts at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS 01935 812277 or email



A Chinese bronze incense burner, the cover with a Dog of Fo finial £1,000-1,500 (and Xuande type seal image)

A Chinese bronze incense burner in the form of four peaches £800-1,200

A Chinese censer and cover, with unusual rat handles, and associated stand £100-150

Cornish Artist Comes to Charterhouse

A group of paintings by Fred Yates are estimated to sell for thousands of pounds when they go under the Charterhouse hammer in their April 17th auction.

“Fred Yates is one of Cornwall’s most loved artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.” Commented Richard Bromell. “He was a self-taught artist who liked to paint with bold colours and loose brush strokes painting almost exclusively outdoors.”

Fred Yates, often referred to as Fowey’s happy Lowry. Born in 1922 he died in 2008 having served with the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War. After the war he lived in Manchester where he painted very much in the style of Laurence Stephen Lowry, although he strove for recognition in his own right.

By 1970 he was living as an artist in Fowey, Cornwall. Painting scenes of local village life, clifftops and beach scenes his paintings are today in museums and private collection not only in the UK but also in America, Canada and France.

The pictures being sold by Charterhouse were bought by a West Country collector over the past 20 years. They include scenes of

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for this April two day auction of pictures, books and sporting items on Thursday 17th and Asian Art & antiques on Friday 18th. They are also accepting entries for their April auctions of classic & vintage cars followed by classic and vintage motorcycles in June

For advice, valuations and further information, contact Richard Bromell and the team of experts at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS 01935 812277 or email


Country Cottage Full of Antiques

The contents of a Somerset cottage, entered into the Charterhouse March 14th & 15th auction, has revealed a lifetime obsession of collecting.

“The owner, who passed away recently, has clearly never heard of the phrase Minimalism.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Having worked in auctioneering for nearly 35 years, this property is one of the fullest I have seen on my travels and although no one particular item is of high value, collectively all the lots will mount up to a substantial sum incredibly quickly. It is a fascinating cottage contents telling the history of the owners collecting obsession.”

There were thousands of pieces of pottery, porcelain, glass, pictures, furniture, silver, jewellery, books, dolls, copper, brass, items of militaria. Every surface, including the walls and kitchen work tops, housed and displayed the owner’s treasures.

In the dining room, which was dimly lit by two low wattage bulbs, there was hardly anywhere to stand let

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Chinese Vase Worth Thousands on Windowsill


A Chinese vase, which has spent years sitting on the windowsill in full view of passers-by, has been discovered by Charterhouse and could sell for £10,000.

“It was the first thing I noticed when I walked in to the client’s living room.” Commented Richard Bromell. “It was just after this that I realised the vase was on display not only to the owners in their home, but also to the public who walk past the house every day!”

The owners of the cottage, which is near Dorchester, had no idea that the vase was of any great value. As they attached little value to the vase they were happy to have it as something pretty for them to look at in the window and also something pretty for passes-by to glimpse at as they wandered past. Had they been aware of the value they would never have put it on view for everyone to see as it posed a security risk.

The vase, which is finished in a sacrificial blue glaze, has an elegant rounded body tapering towards a slightly spreading fort and towards the waisted neck which rises to a flared rim. Measuring a large 54 cm high it rests on a hardwood stand carved lotus leaves.

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Cash in the Attic

An enamel train station sign, estimated to sell for £1,000 in the Charterhouse two day auction of collectors’ items in March has been discovered in an attic.

“Attics are a traditional hunting ground for auctioneers.” Commented Richard Bromell. “More often than not there are old paraffin heaters consigned to the attic in case there is a power cut, but every so often, if you roll your sleeves up and are prepared to get dirty, you can find the occasional gem hidden amongst the fake Christmas trees!”

The enamel totem sign, for Trowbridge Station, was discovered in a Dorset cottage after the owner passed away. It is understood from the family that most items in the

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Lifetime collection at Charterhouse

A lifetime collection of medals and militaria is going under the charterhouse hammer in their two day March collectors auction on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th.

“It’s a fabulous collection of militaria from the 19th and 20th centuries.” Commented Richard Bromell. “There are thousands of military buttons and badges from regiments many of which have either now been amalgamated or disbanded along with numerous medals from the Victorian era onwards.”

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Deals on wheels – February 2019 Auction

This weekend is going to be rather special at the Royal Bath & West Showground – we have over 100 Motorbikes going under the hammer, and 50 Classic Cars. With viewing on Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 – 4pm, and the auction on Sunday starting at 11.30am with the Motorbikes, and at 2.30pm for the cars. We are including barn find projects through to show quality must-haves for your bucket list. We are running this huge auction in conjunction with the Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show. You will need to buy tickets for the show on both days – on Sunday you will need to buy a catalogue from us to attend the auction, but on Saturday we will let you in to the auction view for no extra charge – why not come and have a look? You can also look at the catalogue and bid on line if you prefer.

For all enquiries contact the office on 01935 812277, or on the view and sale days ring 07908 303938.





Ultima is an Ultimate Car

An Ultima GTR, which cost its owner over £70,000 to build, is entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 10th February.

“It really is a super car in all respects.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With its purring or rather growling V8 engine producing over 400 bhp fitted in a car weighing less than 1,000 kg, it has a suspected top speed of 200 mph and a 0-60 mph time in just a few seconds.”

Ultima produced the GTR until 2015. It is a mid-engined rear wheel drive super car with a steel space frame chassis. An Ultima GTR was taken around the Top Gear test track lapping at 1 minute 12.8 seconds, which

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Rolex is a Golden Present

A gentleman’s 18ct gold Rolex wristwatch going under the hammer on Valentine’s Day in the Charterhouse two day February auction is expected to sell for thousands of pounds.

“Rolex is synonymous with fabulous craftsmanship and quality and this wristwatch will tick the box for many buyers” Commented Richard Bromell. “The watch is pretty much in the same condition as the day it was made rather than having been well loved and enjoyed over the years which is rare to see on a watch 20-30 years old.”

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is in an 18ct gold case and matching gold President bracelet. Coming to auction with its original box, tags and booklet and this model is popular with both ladies and gentlemen and being sold on Valentine’s Day might be a wonderful surprise for someone!

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