Old Master Draws in the Bids

 An old master drawing is off to a new home in Paris having sold for £16,000 in the Charterhouse two day January auction.

“Bidding across all sections was frenetic despite the lockdown and a global pandemic.” Commented Richard Bromell. “We initially thought the small old master drawing could sell for a thousand or two, but there was plenty of pre-sale interest with both online and telephone bidders. Towards the end of the bidding, it was a two way battle between two French buyers and it eventually sold for £16,000 to a bidder in Paris.”

Attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (1591-1666), the small drawing measured just 23 x 34 cm and featured a figure fishing near dwellings and a bridge.

It was discovered on the wall of a Somerset bungalow and was badly foxed, not that this put many people off.

The drawing, formed part of the Charterhouse two day January auction which sold for £175,000 on the hammer from just 950 lots. This is their highest totalling January sale for 21 years. Despite the lockdown, collectors and dealers are still very keen to add into their collections which resulted in very high prices and strong confidence in the market.

Elsewhere in the auction, a collection of walking sticks from a client in Devon generated strong bidding where 78 lots sold for over £40,000.

Charterhouse are now accepting entries for their auction silver, jewellery & watches on Thursday 4th and wine, port & whisky on Friday 5th February, classic and vintage cars in April and classic  and vintage motorcycles in May.

Items for these auctions can be posted directly to Charterhouse at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or click and deliver by contacting them on 01935 812277. Alternatively email photographs of your lots for valuation on info@charterhouse-auction.com


Attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (1591-1666), a landscape with a figure fishing, ink, pen and paper, 23 x 34 cm sold for £16,000

A carved and painted Mr Punch walking stick sold for £4,000, part of a collection of walking sticks from a client in Devon sold for over £40,000