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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Aphrodite finds love from bidders in west London

26 June 2017

Catalogued as ‘after the antique’, this marble figure of Aphrodite was the unexpected star of Chiswick Auctions’ June 14 sale of antiquities and tribal art in London.

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Roman marble busts head to auction

26 June 2017

“I have gazed upon the face of Agamemnon”. Arguably the most famous words in archaeological history, they were supposedly uttered by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1876 as he unearthed a gold mask at Mycenae. Some 140 years later, portraits from antiquity remain powerful reminders of our ancient past.

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Thornycroft’s thoughtful but flash Gordon sculpture

19 June 2017

Led by the 17th century Goan hardwood, ivory and bone tabernacle which took a 100-times-estimate £36,000 from a European bidder (see Pick of the Week, ATG No 2294), a recent sale at Chiswick Auctions (22% buyer's premium) also included a tribute to a quintessential Victorian imperial hero – General Gordon.

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Tower of strength as figural clock takes £5000 at Chiswick Auctions

12 June 2017

Figural clocks combining novelty and automaton features were very popular in the 19th century, many of them being of French manufacture.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

12 June 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Marble bust of Trajan at Chiswick Auctions

30 May 2017

Bloodthirsty, ruthless and mad – Roman emperors have often been perceived as highly unsavoury individuals.

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Storr inkstand makes its mark

22 May 2017

Made by Paul Storr, highly decorative and from the family collection of the late Sir Nicholas Harington, this 1836 piece of silver had the name, the look and the provenance to overcome the somewhat unfashionable nature of inkstands.

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Houdin mystery clock could be record result

02 May 2017

In what has been a buoyant first quarter for clocks of quality, the 109 examples at Chiswick Auctions’ (22% buyer’s premium) March 21 sale of horology and European works of art made a significant contribution to the £225,000 taken by the 275 lots on offer.

Rich seams for dealers and auctioneers from Portuguese ‘golden period’

18 April 2017

From noble jewels to semi-precious gems, a show in May will celebrate a ‘golden period’ of Portuguese jewellery in the 18th century. Here we preview the exhibition and then present other recent and forthcoming sale highlights.

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Hieroglyphical riddles and revolting rhymes in Chiswick auction

10 April 2017

Featured in a recent report (ATG No: 2286), a copy of Sir Charles Doyly’s Views of Calcutta and its Environs that sold for £14,000 at Chiswick Auctions (22% buyer’s premium) on March 22 was one of many lots – both printed and manuscript – that came with a Harrington family provenance.

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Oh! Calcutta! £14,000 show-stopper

05 April 2017

Shown here is one of 25 coloured litho plates that illustrate Sir Charles Doyly’s Views of Calcutta and its Environs, a large folio work published in 1848.

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Chiswick sees eastern promise

01 April 2017

As evidenced by prices recently recorded on these pages for Meiji and earlier material, collectors and dealers have been ahead of the City analysts currently looking at the revival of the Japanese stock exchange.

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Get on the Blowers for his sale

18 March 2017

Cricket commentator who has a way with words offers books from own library at auction

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New faces join rebranded Chiswick firm

18 March 2017

London Auctions in Chiswick has hired a handful of new staff and is launching its first specialist sale this month.

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Journalist's ink painting bought in 1950s China to feature at Chiswick Auctions

21 February 2017

Qi Baishi’s painting of bees and chrysanthemums is coming up for sale at Chiswick Auctions, featuring both a charming subject and history as it once belonged to a journalist who trod on Chairman Mao Zedong’s toe.

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Transparent 19th century ‘mystery clock’ comes up for sale at Chiswick Auctions

21 November 2016

A rare early model of the ‘mystery clock’ invented by magician and horologist Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) is up for sale at Chiswick Auctions next month.

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Clocks by Big Ben and royal clockmaker on sale at Chiswick Auctions

30 August 2016

London Bridge is falling down, goes the song. A bit further upstream, it turns out that the Houses of Parliament are actually doing the falling down.

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Hermès and Chanel modern classic handbags in demand at designer auctions

29 July 2016

Fellows’ second Designer Collection sale fetched over £100,000. With a Hermès Birkin 35 taking the top spot, it seems the current trend for classic fashions and accessories at auction is here to stay.

No more ivory for us, says auctioneer after £3200 fine

04 November 2014

Embroiled in the debate regarding the rights and wrongs of selling elephant ivory works of art, Chiswick Auctions have become the first UK saleroom to stop almost all sales of ivory – regardless of age.

Auction house fined £3200 over ivory breach

20 October 2014

Magistrates have fined a West London auction house £3200 for breaching the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) (CITES) Regulations 1997.

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