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.


White Star Line notice

Titanic interest: Rare White Star Line notice to Olympic passengers and a Carpathia bronze medal steam ahead at auction

18 July 2024

Duke's Summer Auction in Dorchester featured a remarkable notice issued by the White Star Line to passengers on board the RMS Olympic after the sinking of its sister ship, the Titanic.

ATG letter: I feel I should post some praise for this service

24 June 2024

I have frequently locked horns with auction houses over their increasing postage costs.

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Collection of devoted fan sets H&R Daniel demand test

17 June 2024

Porcelain from the Staffordshire factory takes up half a sale – and it’s just the first part of a huge collection

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Artist Kathleen Scale's work weighed up by a fresh audience

10 June 2024

The opening section of Duke’s latest Art & Design post 1880 sale was devoted to the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006).

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Whether country or town views, Newlyn artists are setting the scene

10 June 2024

More paintings on offer in Dorest saleroom from the Cornish ‘school’ show the market strength

De Morgan tile

Group of prime period De Morgan tiles take close to six-figure sum at auction

29 April 2024

The Art & Design post 1880 sale at Duke’s in Dorchester on April 25 included 44 lots of William De Morgan tiles consigned by descendants of Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930), Earl of Balfour and prime minister from 1902-05. He is understood to have bought them directly from De Morgan in Fulham.

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Coin hoard found under a farmhouse floor all sold in 'white glove' Dorset auction

25 April 2024

Coin hoards found buried in fields are a relatively common occurrence. One discovered under a concrete floor not so much...

Life study by Kathleen Scale

‘Jazz age’ paintings removed from barn emerge at Duke’s

19 April 2024

A cache of works by the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006) will appear at a Dorset auction next week.

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Godwin connection lifts table to 13 times top estimate

08 April 2024

The distinctive Anglo-Japanese tables designed by the architect GW Godwin in the later part of the 19th century are known as Smallhythe tables, after the example found in Smallhythe Place in Kent which was the home of the actress Ellen Terry.

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Sandford Orcas Manor: ‘A lovely sale to preside over’

08 April 2024

Country house contents, global interest and a packed room of bidders - what more could an auctioneer wish for?

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Stand-out silver to look out for in upcoming auctions

26 February 2024

A selection of previews from three British sales and another in Germany

Sandford Orcas

Historic family collection from Tudor manor house comes to auction in Dorset

23 February 2024

The contents of Sandford Orcas Manor, a Tudor manor house occupied by just two families over the past 470 years, is coming to auction next month.

Izzie Balmer

Latest hires, appointments and jobs news from around the world of art and antiques

16 January 2024

Movers and Shakers across auction houses, fairs and a law firm.

Henry Wikeley

Auction house Duke’s opens London office

11 December 2023

Duke’s Auctioneers of Dorchester is opening a consignment office on Hans Road in London’s Knightsbridge.

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Picabia: top pick in a regional sale

27 November 2023

A group of Modern and Impressionist pictures provided a significant boost to the latest Art & Design post 1880 sale held at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Walden’s prancing horse

23 October 2023

Duke’s Asian Art sale in Dorchester on November 29 features works from the family of the late John Walden, an active member of the Oriental Ceramic Society from the 1950s.

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Dip into the Grand Tour with a sarcophagus inkstand

21 August 2023

This 19th century carved Siena marble inkstand is fashioned in the form of an ancient Roman sarcophagus.

Figure of Mercury

Summer scorchers: Trio of big prices blows away August cobwebs

14 August 2023

A usually quiet August was dramatically awakened by a series of sleepers that emerged at three UK regional auction houses.

Nuremberg School panel

Stolen 15th century altar panel returned to York museum after 43 years

06 June 2023

A 15th century double-sided painted panel stolen from York Art Gallery in 1979 has been returned after it re-emerged at a Dorset auction.

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Snake cup buyer takes a £4000 bite

22 May 2023

While some of the gloss has been taken off the market, the best pre-revolutionary Russian craftsmanship remains attractive to international collectors.

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