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.


Chinese scroll painting White Birches

Chinese scroll painting gives Duke’s of Dorchester top regional auction price for Asian art

22 May 2017

The top regional Asian art price at auction this season was reached by Duke’s of Dorchester on May 18 when Wu Guanzhong’s (1919-2010) scroll painting White Birches on Mount Chang Bai (Zhangbai) sold at £500,000 (plus buyer's premium).

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Scroll down for £500,000 bid

22 May 2017

Duke’s of Dorchester posted the top regional Asian art price of the season on May 18 when Wu Guanzhong’s (1919-2010) scroll painting White Birches on Mount Chang Bai (Zhangbai) sold at £500,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

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The joy of six brings Duke’s Goode auction times

02 May 2017

One of the more intriguing clocks to come in the market this spring was this early 18th century bracket clock signed to the backplate Cha [rles] Goode, London offered at Duke’s (22% buyer’s premium) on April 12.

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Follow the paper trail to extra militaria price value

10 April 2017

Research to be followed up or indeed already done boosts the background story and value of a medal group.

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Parrots cabinet flies to £66,000

25 March 2017

Furniture takes a rare top spot despite numerous and varied delights at Dorchester auction

Adam Schoon

Antiques Roadshow's Asian art specialist joins Duke's

04 October 2016

Adam Schoon has joined Duke's in Dorchester to head its Asian art department.

Fijian fork

Cannibal fork from Fiji gobbled up at auction

19 September 2016

A Fijian cannibal fork was sold at Duke’s in Dorchester for £7500 on September 16.

Chinese model paddle steamer

Export paddle boat steams in at Duke’s

23 February 2016

This rare early 19th century Chinese gilt decorated export lacquer model of a paddle steamer sold for £7000 at Duke’s of Dorchester.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti at Walker Gallery Liverpool

Duke’s discovers Rossettis prior to Walker Art Gallery exhibition

16 February 2016

The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool have an auctioneer to thank for the inclusion of three previously unseen works in the exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion that opened earlier this month.

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Gold ‘prospects’ the south west with Duke’s

03 February 2016

Richard Gold, one of the best-known regional valuers and auctioneers, has left Lawrences of Crewkerne to join Duke’s of Dorchester.

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Qing bamboo brushpot bought for £700 makes £58,000 in Dorchester auction

19 November 2015

The primary draw to the regions – rather than London – during last week’s glut of Asian works of art sales was the auction titled ‘In Pursuit of the Scholar’s Spirit’ conducted by Duke’s of Dorchester.

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Duke’s open for business at new town centre salerooms

21 April 2015

Duke’s have moved into their new offices and saleroom in Dorchester.

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Striking Russian gold in Dorset

25 March 2015

Two large 18th century gold medals depicting events from the reign of Catherine the Great sold for spectacular sums at Duke’s latest auction in Dorchester.

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Car boot bargain – limited edition glass shell expected to make over £1000

23 January 2014

Duke’s of Dorchester will offer this 9in (23cm) shell made by Lino Tagliapietra (b.1934), a master glass blower in Murano, at auction next month.

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Duke’s plan for new town centre rooms

08 January 2014

Dorchester auctioneers Duke’s have unveiled plans for a new saleroom in the heart of the county town.

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The £190,000 Victorian diamond necklace

23 December 2013

A Victorian diamond rivière necklace sold to an anonymous bidder for £190,000 at Duke’s of Dorchester earlier this month.

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Poppy from 1916 is poignant survivor

19 December 2013

Picked from a trench in 1916, a poppy which is thought to be the only surviving example from the First World War sold for £5200 at Duke’s of Dorchester earlier this month.

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War sculpture takes £46,000 at Duke’s

10 October 2013

This small sculpture conveying the raw horror of the First World War attracted serious competition at Duke’s of Dorchester.

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Haida totem pole in Dorset

08 February 2013

A 19th/early 20th century totem pole brightly painted and carved with a beaver, a bear, a whale and a surmounted eagle with outspread wings is to go under the hammer at Duke’s of Dorchester in Dorset on February 14.

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The hand of Lely in Dorchester

22 October 2012

This 2ft 5in x 2ft ½in (75 x 62cm) bust length portrait drew the attention of a number of bidders with a particular interest in historical pictures when it appeared at auction in Dorchester.

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