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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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £800 including Rowland Hill Irish landscape

27 May 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £800, including an oil on canvas by Rowland Hill of a Donegal bay.

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Exceptional farmhouse table brings excellent price

27 May 2019

Catalogued as ‘exceptional’, this farmhouse refectory table fulfilled the auctioneer’s adjective in more than one way at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Dorchester on April 26.

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Elisabeth Frink maquette flies to five figures

27 May 2019

Inside Manchester Airport stands a sculpture dedicated to John Alcock and Arthur Brown, two aviators who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919.

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The elusive earlier John Frederick Lewis

27 May 2019

While the 19th century English painter John Frederick Lewis (1805-76) is chiefly remembered for his major Orientalist creations – several of which have sold for more than £1m at auction – much less is known about his early career.

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Salerooms aim to create a home from home when dispersing traditional country house contents

13 May 2019

With ‘on the premises’ country house contents sales now so rare, the more usual practice is for the better pieces to be removed to saleroom bases.

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Early Chelsea porcelain continues to attract bidders

06 May 2019

A matched pair of Chelsea mugs cropped up in an Andrew Smith’s (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Hampshire.

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Wanli altar vase heads to Duke’s

06 May 2019

Duke’s Asian sale on May 20 includes this Wanli (1572-1620) mark and period wucai ‘zun’ altar vase.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a snuff box, an RMS Lusitania biscuit and a tall boy from retiring Stamford dealers

23 April 2019

With estimates from £300-12,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Dorchester saleroom Duke's to hold ‘biggest house contents auction’ in the regions for a decade

15 April 2019

Duke’s of Dorchester has announced what promises to be the biggest house contents sale of the year and the largest by a UK regional auction house for more than a decade.

George I bookcase

“An absolute belter” – ‘Anglo-German’ George I bookcase bid to £120,000

11 April 2019

An extraordinary George I burr walnut bureau bookcase was bought for £120,000 when Duke’s of Dorchester sold the contents of Moigne Combe on April 10.

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Snaring the Scharnhorst

08 April 2019

Once the Tirpitz had been damaged by midget submarines (see main story this section), the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst was left to tackle British convoys to Russia alone. A trap was set by the Royal Navy in December 1943.

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A reminder the full house contents sale is alive and well

01 April 2019

Three bona fide country house clearances are on the horizon – one conducted by Duke’s of Dorchester following ‘on the premises’ viewing and two others offered in quick succession by Dreweatts at Donnington Priory.

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Winter auction greeted with warm response

04 March 2019

The plethora of single-collection sales at the start of the year was not at the expense of old-fashioned auctions offering good-quality offerings across the range of dealing and collecting – such as the Winter Fine Arts sale at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Dorchester.

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £1700 in regional auctions including a Francis Cyril Rose self-portrait

25 February 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1700, including a a Francis Cyril Rose self-portrait.

Sevres

Egyptian figures and Sèvres saucers among the five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

22 February 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a pair of Sèvres cups and saucers and Egyptian faience shabti figures.

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De Wint depicts the city of York

11 February 2019

Rare work by artist best known for his Lincolnshire views is a highlight of Dorset sale.

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UK sales of Asian art – a coming together of cultures

03 December 2018

Despite the disparity in numbers, the market for Chinese and Japanese works of art are increasingly aligned.

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Soviet meteorite and US space suit go under the hammer

30 November 2018

A superb Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite with an estimate of £25,000-30,000 is included in Duke’s sale A Taste of Luxury.

Creamware

Hammer highlights: five lots that caught bidders’ eyes including a Japanese sleeper and an Irish stag skull

19 October 2018

Sleepers and stag skulls were among ATG’s selection of highlights that sold at auctions this week.

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