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.


Marc Knighton
Silver gilt chalice

Irish silver gilt chalice pre-dates Reformation

12 July 2021

This 6½in (16cm) Irish silver gilt chalice dating from c.1480 is a rare survival from before the Reformation.

Roseberys

New faces and updates across auction houses in the UK and US

07 July 2021

This week’s Movers & Shakers includes a new specialist for Roseberys’ Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples department.

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Zinkeisen sisters show their family value at two auctions

05 July 2021

Works by the Zinkeisen sisters continue to bring demand at auctions around the country.

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Duke’s launches ‘collection care service’ with new role

28 June 2021

Dorset auction house Duke’s is creating a heritage and valuations division and has hired a former surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art to form the new team.

Victorian finials as rampant lions

Family’s lions roar once more

24 May 2021

A pair of 3ft 7in high (1.12m) Victorian iron pier finials cast as rampant lions have returned home after two decades missing from a family home.

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From portraits to kitchen china: Dewlish House auction

24 May 2021

Dewlish House yields ‘good old-fashioned house sale with everything on offer’

'A Dorset Landscape' by Algernon Newton

Pick of the week: Algernon Newton’s homage to Dorset tops Gloucestershire house sale

17 May 2021

Duke’s sale of property from Wormington Grange in Gloucestershire included a record for the Modern British painter Algernon Newton (1880-1968).

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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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