Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions is a West London auction house with 20 specialist departments including fine art, furniture, jewellery, silver, wine, arms and armour, books and fashion. It holds regular specialist sales as well as a monthly design and interiors sales.

The firm is jointly run by William Rouse and Leigh Osborne. In 2017, Chiswick Auctions announced plans to open a South Kensington showroom manned by a group of former Christie’s staff.


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Fragment from Roman period sarcophagus – an example of very early recycling

13 May 2019

Although the antiquities market is more stringently regulated than ever before, the possibility of illicit material continues to cause concern for collectors of antiquities. This places a greater financial value on pieces with long watertight provenances.

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William Ratcliffe lays out the case for his talents

06 May 2019

An interior scene by one of the lesser-known members of the Camden Town Group shone in a Modern and Post War British Art sale at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) in west London on April 16.

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'Scholar’s Treasures' at Chiswick Auctions includes Qing carved wood displays

06 May 2019

Chiswick Auctions’ May 20 sale in west London titled 'Wood Speaks: From Chinese furniture to Scholar’s Treasures' includes a collection of 200 Qing dynasty carved wood displays.

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Brooches: major players in 2019

19 April 2019

Seemingly, whatever fashion website or Instagram influencer you choose, the brooch is this season’s ‘on-trend’ accessory. One might argue that in the trade, demand for good period examples of this ‘forgotten’ or ‘old fashioned’ item of jewellery has never really gone away.

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Single-owner collection dedicated to avant-garde photographer sells at Chiswick Auctions

15 April 2019

A private single-owner collection of around 180 lots from one vintage photographer was the subject of a recent sale held by Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including an Egyptian scarab beetle and a singing bird box

08 April 2019

With estimates from £250-30,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

08 April 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Mega sleepers awakened at regional auctions across mercurial March

01 April 2019

The month of March produced an unusually large number of awakened sleepers across the UK’s regional auction rooms – from an Old Master drawing to a rare Marklin tinplate train.

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Interior motives: how old school weekly sales are giving way to new auction formats

01 April 2019

Weekly clearance sales are increasingly being replaced by newly branded formats as auction houses are responding to fresh consumer trends.

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Beatles and Who in tune at auctions

01 April 2019

Signed to the front cover by all four members of the group, a 1963 ‘Star Special’ (No 12) issue of the fan magazine Meet the Beatles sold for £4200 at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) on March 6. It also bore the name of a former owner, one RC Zebedee of Bournemouth.

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WINE AND WHISKY: Raise a glass to a buoyant market

25 March 2019

In the wake of record auction prices – the first £1m bottle of whisky and a $500,000 bottle of wine – four auction specialists discuss the lively market for fine and rare wines and whisky. A potted history of wine-related antiques follows. First up: Richard Brierley of Forum Auctions and Sam Hellyer of Chiswick Auctions on the wine market.

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Two sales in Gloucestershire and west London feature sizeable ornithological sections

18 March 2019

Ornithological books and artworks have played their part in the success of two recent sales and a selection of just a few of those lots begins with books from the Ladwell library.

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Rare work by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky draws admirers at Chiswick Auctions

18 March 2019

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906-96) was one of those artists who took little pleasure in selling their work. Indeed, Motesiczky’s obituary in The Independent described her “aristocratic disdain for the marketplace” and stated that “while she half welcomed exhibitions, they remained uncomfortable experiences… she never needed to sell her paintings, indeed she preferred to keep them around her.”

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Miniature John Constable drawings deliver a big result at Chiswick Auctions

11 March 2019

Two previously unpublished ink sketches by John Constable (1776 -1837) excelled at Chiswick Auctions’ latest British & European Fine Art sale.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including prestigious Georgian-style entrance gates and a Charles II sterling silver tankard

11 March 2019

With estimates from £500-25,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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New faces at Chiswick and Phillips – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques trade

07 March 2019

An update on recent appointments in the world of art and antiques.

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Six lots to watch at auction this week including an Elizabethan jug, a Constable sketch and a German Expressionist painting

04 March 2019

With estimates from £100-$50,000, here are six previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Orientalist collection back in saleroom for first time in three decades

04 March 2019

Helped by conservatively pitched estimates, a clutch of middle-market Orientalist pictures achieved some modest growth in value on their first return to auction in three decades.

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A collector with a good eye for varied purchases

25 February 2019

Billed as a private London collection, the February 5 sale at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) betrayed a single owner with a good eye and wide-ranging enthusiasms.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Mod Brit art, an Arts & Crafts table and a Napoleon death mask

11 February 2019

With estimates from £450-9000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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