Charles Miller

Charles Miller is an auction house specialising in maritime and scientific models, fine art and instruments. The company was founded in 2008 by Charles Miller, a former head of department at Christie’s South Kensington.

In 2023, it moved its west London base from Imperial Road in Fulham to Munster Road also in SW6, a stone’s throw away.


Nelson bronze

‘Secret’ Nelson bronze brings £185,000 at auction

20 November 2023

A secret copy of a commemorative full-length bronze of Lord Nelson holding a telescope which was sculpted by Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll, the sixth child of Queen Victoria and Albert, was the top lot in maritime specialist Charles Miller’s latest auction.

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Maritime specialist Miller waves goodbye to Fulham and moves to… Fulham

30 October 2023

It is a big move for auctioneer Charles Miller. Well, big in terms of his new premises being larger and taller. Not so big in terms of huge distance, however.

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Epitome of Art Deco that sailed into oblivion

17 July 2023

The SS Normandie was both the apogee and the nadir of the Art Deco movement.

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Homemade receiver ‘picked up news of the Titanic disaster’

10 July 2023

Interest in wireless telegraphy, that was piqued when Guglielmo Marconi successfully sent a message from Poldhu, Cornwall to St John’s, Newfoundland in 1910, prompted many amateurs to build and develop their own sets based on the ‘Coherer’ principle for sending and receiving Morse code.

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Nelson portrait in ‘warts and all’ fashion generates an extraordinary bidding battle

29 May 2023

Despite being a copy by a little-known Norfolk painter, ‘authentic’ portrait makes remarkable price

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Pick of the week: Coconut cup could be booty from infamous pirate Black Bart’s defeat

08 May 2023

Rising to be Admiral of the Fleet during the War of the Spanish Succession, Sir Chaloner Ogle (1680-1750) had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy.

Nelson receipt

Receipt now reveals Nelson’s specs appeal

06 March 2023

Nelson’s life and work has been exhaustively researched and evaluated since the day he died.

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Marine clock of Titanic type on offer

20 February 2023

London auctioneer Charles Miller holds his next Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art auction on April 25

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Acrimonious royal family split detailed in letters now up at auction

18 January 2023

Not THAT split, but the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII which also caused recriminations, as letters at Catherine Southon's sale show - plus other auctions offer many unpublished photos of Princess Di and paintings said to be by Queen Victoria.

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Splash out on a boating trophy

14 November 2022

The sale of maritime antiques at Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium) in London on November 1 included a number of silver boating trophies from the Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club, Portsmouth – most of them well received by the collecting audience.

André Romain Guilmet torpedo clock

Guilmet’s torpedo clock boat shoots away at auction

07 November 2022

André Romain Guilmet’s industrial themed clocks, the epitome of Victorian ‘progress’, are an ever-popular series.

Microscope

Focus on microscope taken on Captain Cook’s first Voyage of Discovery

24 October 2022

A microscope used by Joseph Banks (1743-1820) on Captain Cook’s first Voyage of Discovery (1768-71) is going under the hammer estimated at £30,000-50,000 on November 1.

New hires

New faces including at Catherine Southon Auctioneers, Olympia Auctions and LAPADA

18 August 2022

The latest appointments and moves across auction houses, dealers and associations.

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Throwing light on proceedings at west London auction

16 May 2022

London auctioneer overcomes power cut to complete sale including a mighty Fresnel lens

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Battered copy of Encyclopedia Britannia 'damaged at Trafalgar' sells at Charles Miller

09 August 2021

An intriguing condition report that mentions ‘water and smoke damage’ gives a clue as to what happened to this battered copy of the Encyclopedia Britannia sold in a Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Art market: The bidding battle of Cape St Vincent

24 May 2021

Trio of family paintings depicting Jervis’ finest hour bring £90,000 result for marine specialist Charles Miller

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Titanic sums for the best in White Star memorabilia

20 July 2020

A section of maritime antiques offered at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) in Liverpool included an otherwise pedestrian Spode cup and saucer made c.1910.

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Pick of the week: Exhibition quality lugger models sail into Charles Miller’s auction

13 July 2020

Whoever H Twyman was, his talents as a craftsman are beyond doubt.

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Painting of Battle of the Nile veteran’s fundraiser emerges at Charles Miller

22 June 2020

Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of the Nile was the 'Vanguard'. An oil on canvas coming up at Charles Miller’s July 7 auction in west London features a very unusual portrayal of this vessel.

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18th century shipbuilding manual emerges at Charles Miller

02 December 2019

Containing numerous diagrams, a manuscript manual on 18th century shipbuilding techniques and practices sold for £3600 in a recent sale.

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