Halls Fine Art

Halls Fine Art is part of a UK company of auctioneers, estate agents and chartered surveyors. It was founded in 1845 in Shrewsbury in the West Midlands.

Halls Fine Art auctions include jewellery, paintings, furniture, silver, watches, coins, medals, militaria, ceramics, books and toys. Its other services include written valuations for insurance and inheritance tax.


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Muralist’s work impresses on a much smaller scale

18 December 2023

The highest auction prices for Mary Adshead (1904-95) all came at Sotheby’s Olympia back in 2006.

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McWilliam sculpture reflects troubled times in Northern Ireland

18 December 2023

A bronze from Frederick Edward McWilliam’s (1909-92) Women of Belfast series of sculptures sold for £37,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium) on December 6.

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Yasuyuki masterpiece makes £11,000 in Shropshire

04 December 2023

This silver and enamel vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927), the great master of Japanese cloisonné, sold to an English collector for £11,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium).

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Most famous novelist of her day – now hardly known

04 December 2023

Top-selling lot in Halls’ (24% buyer’s premium) books and manuscripts sale on November 15 was a collection of 14 letters written by the Anglo-Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) between 1818-31.

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Factory focus pays off for H&R Daniel porcelain collection

27 November 2023

Porcelain from short-lived Staffordshire firm comes from collector and dealer who revived the market

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Four-legged friends help Fulton to a four-year high

20 November 2023

The artist Samuel Fulton (1855-1941) painted portraits of people and horses but by far his favourite subject was dogs.

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Sculpture from McWilliam's Women of Belfast series comes up for auction

06 November 2023

An example from Frederick Edward McWilliam’s (1909-92) 'Women of Belfast' series is being offered at Halls’ auction in Shrewsbury on December 6.

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Auspicious aspects of vase for sale from a private collector

01 May 2023

The Asian art sale at Halls in Shrewsbury on May 11 features this 10½in (27cm) pink ground famille rose vase.

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Royal role of pioneering photographer Wilding

01 May 2023

Pictured here is a signed photo-portrait of the 20-year-old future Queen Elizabeth II and her then 15-year-old younger sister, Princess Margaret.

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The last word on Samuel Johnson

03 April 2023

Shrewsbury sale offered rare opportunity to bid for a letters by the great writer and lexicographer

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Silver pineapple serves a different role

09 January 2023

A late 19th century novelty silver teapot offered at Halls (22% buyer’s premium) was made by US silversmith Gorham of Rhode Island.

Constable drawing

Constable’s tree sketch triples estimate at auction

19 December 2022

A small drawing by John Constable of a tree in his birthplace of East Bergholt sold for a triple-estimate £31,000 (plus 22% buyer’s premium).

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Nostradamus was predicted to do well

05 December 2022

While this 1672 first did not quite hit the high of pre-sale hopes, it was still top lot of the Shrewsbury sale.

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Showy Victorian taste lights up Shropshire sale

03 October 2022

Literally the highlight of Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Autumn Sale was a hall lantern demonstrating showy high Victorian taste at its most confident.

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Fairytales, fantasies and fables

12 September 2022

This copy of 'Hansel and Gretel', 1925, with 12 tipped-in colour plates by the Danish artist Kay Nielsen (1886-1957), is one of 600 numbered copies (numbered 16) signed by the artist, in the original publisher’s pictorial cloth.

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Buyer goes deep into Gulley

15 August 2022

This cased pair of English flintlock duelling pistols by Joseph Gulley, London, c.1810-15, sold for £8600 at Halls (20/12% buyer’s premium) in a timed online sale that ended on August 2.

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Sir Matthew Smith work sold at second attempt

06 June 2022

Showing the growing sensitivity towards estimates in the Modern British market, a portrait by Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959) that had been unsold at Halls last year did rather better when it was reoffered last month with a reduced pitch.

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John Bratby, the pretty and the gritty

06 June 2022

Bright sunflowers and urban scene demonstrate different sides of the Mod Brit artist

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Kendall carved out a reputation for quality

02 May 2022

This large oak Orientalist carving, 'Eastern Slave Girl', is by the Victorian woodcarver Thomas Henry Kendall.

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Works by Bratby and Lowndes emerge at Halls

25 April 2022

One of the highlights at the timed online of Modern and Contemporary Art Auction at Halls of Shrewsbury, which closes on May 2, is a large painting of sunflowers by John Bratby (1928-92).

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