Bamfords

Bamfords, established in 2002, is a family-run firm of auctioneers and valuers in Derby.

It has three salerooms under one roof at its headquarters. Its specialist departments include books, ceramics, toys, jewellery and watches, pictures and prints.

It also has a saleroom at the Peak Village Retail Park in the village of Rowsley.


Ian and Sharon Aitken

‘The last ever Richardson & Linnell auction’

12 September 2022

The collection of former Richardson & Linnell auctioneer Ian Aitken will be offered at Bamfords on September 26-27.

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Pair of ‘Bakewell decorated’ Wedgwood plates bid to over 30 times estimate

18 July 2022

Estimated at £40-60, a pair of puce decorated creamware plates sold for a surprise £2000 at Bamfords (21% buyer’s premium) in Derbyshire.

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Pick of the week: Bidders take rare chance to dine with Pugin and Minton

27 June 2022

Two plates from a Minton dinner service designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) for his personal use appeared for sale in Derbyshire last week.

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If we’re not burning coal any more, what about furniture use?

07 February 2022

Among the more unusual recent lots at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was an early Victorian table carved from parrot coal.

Lion statue

Arundel Lion ready to roar again in a new home

24 January 2022

The so-called Arundel Lions were once a well-known landmark in Sheffield.

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Newlyweds buying Victorian table create a positive feeling for the future

22 November 2021

Most angles on the collecting spectrum were covered in Bamfords’ (24.75% buyer’s premium) three-day autumnal catalogue.

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Chelsea figure with two unusual features turns heads in Derby auction

15 November 2021

A Bamfords (20% buyer’s premium) sale included this 3¼in (34cm) tall Chelsea figure from the Red Anchor Senses set created by the Low Countries sculptor Joseph Willems (1710-66), in c.1755.

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Medal reflects a royal heartfelt emotion

21 June 2021

The 1702 Accession of Queen Anne medal is not uncommon in copper and silver but very rare in gold.

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Pick of the week: Window into 18th century gentry life

16 November 2020

An item of local interest to bidders at Bamfords in Derby was this 18th century account book for Radbourne Hall, the seat of the Chandos-Pole family.

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Islamic & Indian art: a selection of hammer highlights including a painting of Mehmed II

12 October 2020

A selection of stand-out Islamic & Indian auction results.

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New faces at auction houses Sotheby's, Bonhams, Kingham and Orme, Bamfords and Morphy – the latest Movers & Shakers

24 September 2020

New and returning faces across the auction world in the UK, Hong Kong and US.

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Pick of the week: The Stobwasser box that was up to snuff

21 September 2020

Economic stimulus packages are not a new phenomenon. Georg Siegmund Stobwasser (1717-76) was among the many craftsmen attracted to the Brunswick by the special privileges granted them in the city by Duke Karl I (1713-80) in the wake of the Seven Years’ War.

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Sphinx flies in black glass

24 August 2020

The best-known press-moulded models made by John Derbyshire at the Regent Road Flint Glassworks in Salford are the series of animal and figural paperweights made in frosted, flint and coloured glass.

Necklace owned by Mildred Shay

Necklace with Hollywood stardust features in our pick of five auction highlights this week

14 August 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a gold, diamond and pearl necklace owned by the 1930s American film actress Mildred Shay.

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Old Masters bidders display appetite for works unattributed or with condition issues

15 June 2020

The lockdown may have reduced the number of UK auctions taking place but buyers have been looking more eagerly for opportunities at those events that have been staged.

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Desirable Dutch and English delft lead ceramics attractions in Derby and Newbury

08 June 2020

This 8½in (21cm) Delft blue and white tulip vase below is typical in style and form of the De Metale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory.

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Restoring pride in Rockingham

16 December 2019

Preview held in imposing stately home helps to boost interest ahead of first sale section.

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The draw of Devonshire

16 December 2019

The sale at flood-hit Bamfords (21% buyer’s premium) on October 30 included chattels from the estate of Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Alice Cavendish (1926-2018), daughter of the 10th Duke of Devonshire of nearby Chatsworth House.

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Bamfords reopens following flood at Derby saleroom

13 November 2019

Bamfords’ Derby saleroom closed temporarily after flooding in the area and its auctions this week have been postponed.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Norman Parkinson photos, Royal Crown Derby porcelain and a 19th century jewelled Latin cross

16 September 2019

With estimates from £5-6000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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