Duke's

Duke’s Auctioneers, established in 1823, is one of Dorset’s oldest businesses. From the premises it moved into in July 2015 in Dorchester, the firm holds a number of auctions every month.

Duke’s sales specialise in fields such as ceramics, glass, Asian art, furniture, jewellery, silver, militaria and coins.


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Auctioneer Lee Young leaves Duke’s and buys local Somerset saleroom

05 April 2021

Lee Young, Asian specialist and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert, has become the new owner of Frome saleroom Dore & Rees. He left his role as managing director at Duke’s last week.

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Venus copies old and new

05 April 2021

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, has been a favourite subject in art since ancient times.

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Regency marble busts resurface together at auction

29 March 2021

The Winter Antiques Sale at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) was topped by consecutive bids of £17,000 each for two Regency white marble busts.

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Fishing rarity reels in a buyer

29 March 2021

This 3in (7.5cm) brass and ivorine fishing reel is inscribed to the face 'Ustonson & Peters, Makers to the Queen, 48 Bell Yard, Temple Bar, London'.

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Churchill puts his feet up, has a smoke and a drink

22 March 2021

British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill memorabilia in the form of slippers, brandy balloon and cigar box.

Victorian fishing reel

Victorian fishing reel stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

19 March 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Victorian fishing reel that made over 10-times estimate in Dorset.

Churchill's evening slippers and glass

Churchill’s slippers, brandy glass and cigar box sell for five-figure sums each in two auctions

13 March 2021

The appeal of items once owned by Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) has grown in recent years.

Leather blackjack tankard

Horse to tankard: Oliver Cromwell’s warhorse mug sells in Dorset

01 March 2021

A tankard said to be made from the hide of Oliver Cromwell’s warhorse was the toast of an auction in Dorchester.

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Roman mosaic to remain in Dorset after fundraising success

22 February 2021

A Roman floor panel sold at auction in 2018 and then to an international buyer will be reunited with two other fragments from the same mosaic after a successful fundraising appeal to keep it in the UK.

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Qianlong masterworks or honorific doppelgangers?

30 November 2020

The unusual Chinese porcelain model (pictured below) forms the shape of a lingzhi stem vividly enamelled with a blend of green, blue and pink glazes. It measures 9in (23cm) high and carries a Qianlong (1736-95) mark.

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Magnificent monteith is £90,000 prize

30 November 2020

It is thought that the earliest Chinese porcelain monteith appeared c.1715, coinciding with the establishment of the East India Company’s factory in Canton.

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Iona in oil and watercolour

09 November 2020

Two Scottish coastal pictures attracted multiple bidders at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) latest Art & Design sale.

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All you need for a civilised packed lunch

19 October 2020

Motor cars became more affordable and reliable particularly in the 1920s-30s, making day trips increasingly popular.

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Julia Margaret Cameron quartet was once part of a photograph album

17 August 2020

Pictured here are two of four photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) sold via thesaleroom.com for £8000 by Duke’s (22% buyer’s premium) of Dorchester.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1000 including a Vladimir Polunin stage design

18 May 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a pencil and watercolour by Russian artist Vladimir Polunin.

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Bloomsbury bohemian rhapsody as Vanessa Bell paintings emerge in Dorchester

20 April 2020

The bohemian lives of the Bloomsbury Group of artists have long been a source of fascination for the British public.

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Go With Noakes: Rozenburg collection sold in Dorset

23 March 2020

The collection of Rozenburg pottery and porcelain belonging to the late children’s television presenter John Noakes (1934-2017) was sold at a recent auction in Dorchester.

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Pre-Raphaelite followers take the limelight

10 February 2020

Drawings by two later followers of the Pre-Raphaelites drew competition at separate regional salerooms.

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English Golden Age longcase clock fails to meet great expectations

03 February 2020

Falling short of ambitious hopes but leading the day at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) first sale of 2020 was a fine English Golden Age longcase clock.

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New faces, locations and auction schedules - the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

08 January 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including a new joiner at Duke’s and a new saleroom for Elstob & Elstob.

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