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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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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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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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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Bids pour in for Asian art as £800,000 teapot and Kangxi rediscovery highlight latest sales series

18 November 2019

A Qianlong teapot which made £800,000 in Dorchester provided the stellar result among some exceptional Asian art lots offered for sale in the UK regions and Ireland last week.

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Chinese works from Anthony Du Boulay collection generates bonanza at Duke's

18 November 2019

Duke’s latest Asian art sale had been headlined by items from a local resident and well-known auctioneer, academic and collector, Anthony du Boulay. The 249 lots from early classic wares to Cantonese enamels generated plenty of saleroom energy and a total of around £800,000.

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Rare Chinese teapot makes a record £800,000 at Dorset auction 

12 November 2019

A rare Qianlong celadon-glaze pear-shaped teapot has set a record for Asian art week this season selling at £800,000 at Duke’s.

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Tudor manor houses artistic gems from across the centuries

28 October 2019

The old-fashioned country house sale hardly ever fails to cause excitement. The on-the-premises sale of contents from Athelhampton House, a Tudor manor house in Puddletown, Dorset, was no exception.

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Missing in action but spotted shooting at a bottle of schnapps

28 October 2019

‘Highly unusual’ is how the Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) cataloguer described a Second World War medal group ahead of its sale in Dorchester on August 22 for £420, just over top estimate.

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Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.

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'Witch' mirrors enchant buyers at Duke's auction

14 October 2019

Catalogued as ‘witch’ mirrors, this c.1970 pair certainly charmed bidders at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium). The key was the signature Line Vautrin, ROI for the Parisienne designer and decorative artist Line Vautrin (1913-97).

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Two Mod Brit works back on market in Dorset saleroom

14 October 2019

Oil paintings by two significant names in Modern British art made their first appearances on the market in decades at an auction in Dorset.

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10 top lots on offer at Duke’s auction of contents from Athelhampton House

03 October 2019

“Good old-fashioned country house auctions are a rarity these days and it is a privilege to organise one against such an historic backdrop.” So says Guy Schwinge of Dorchester auction house Duke’s, referring to the upcoming sale of the contents from Athelhampton House in Dorset.

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