Hartleys

Hartleys is located in Ilkley, West Yorkshire and is a family business. It was established in 1906 by Thomas Hartley and is now presided over by Andrew Hartley, the third generation of the family, who runs the furniture and fine arts division of the company.

As well as fine art and antiques sales, the company holds weekly auctions which feature Victorian and period furniture, silver, jewellery and general items.


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Egyptian head brings smiles at Hartleys

30 September 2019

After the Hartleys (17.5% buyer’s premium) September 4 sale, auctioneer Andrew Hartley admitted: “Furniture did not perform as it was hoped from tiny chinks of daylight discernible in the last few months.”

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Drinking the profits – a brief history of wine antiques

25 March 2019

Pouring wine at the table from a standardised machine-made bottle is a relatively new custom. For centuries before the Victorian era, wine was typically bought and stored in the barrel and decanted into bottles or jugs only before use at the table.

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No sign of Mouseman demand tailing off

21 December 2018

Never out of fashion, the best furniture by Robert Thompson is going through one of its periodic surges – as evident at Wilkinson’s Doncaster rooms last month (ATG No 2369) and at Sworders of Stansted Mountfichet (ATG No 2363) in October.

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Not so bleak for Peter Brook and Braaq

17 September 2018

Wintry scenes by two local artists created a brighter picture at a recent auction in Yorkshire.

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Early photos of Penang are pick of the auction in Yorkshire

17 September 2018

An album of 40 albumen images by pioneering photographer John Thomson with direct appeal to the market for early depictions of the Orient was the outstanding star at Hartleys (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Fairytale forecast: Six Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre examples flutter into regional salerooms

30 August 2018

The description Fairyland Lustre conjures up magic and folklore and these examples of porcelain by Wedgwood created in the inter-war period by Daisy Makeig-Jones are popular with collectors. Here is a selection of six coming up at auction including a rare 'Ghostly Wood' malfrey pot at Sworders.

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Desk style back in favour

02 July 2018

An Edwardian Carlton House satinwood desk of the type which was once a best-seller at auction, but an early casualty of the furniture slump, was back in favour at the Hartleys (17.5% buyer’s premium) summer sale in Ilkley.

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Saleroom selection: three artworks under £1000 including a Charles Collins' view of Cornwall

25 June 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales, including an oil on canvas of Bude in Cornwall by Charles Collins (1851-1921).

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Dolls head to Norway and Australia

14 May 2018

The belief that porcelain dolls are somehow sinister has taken hold in recent years – and doubtless the appearance of the rare bebe pictured below rather reinforced the bias of some who viewed the Heliers (18% buyer’s premium) sale at Blackburn.

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KPM porcelain plaque is an object of desire

02 January 2018

The most desirable of all porcelain plaques produced by KPM in the late 19th century are those that leave little to the imagination. However, evidence of their continued popularity across many different subject matters came in the form of this example below.

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Chinese lots sit comfortably in two sales

30 October 2017

More evidence that Chinese lots can leave auctioneers sitting pretty came in sales north and south.

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‘The most jukeboxy of them all’ is an after-sale hit

09 October 2017

One of the most sought-after models in the jukebox world is the Wurlitzer Peacock Type 850, designed by Paul Fueller in 1941. It is generally considered the biggest, the showiest and ‘most jukeboxy’ jukebox of them all.

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Ballroom dance guide leads Ilkley selection

18 September 2017

A Regency period guide to ballroom dancing, sold for a much higher than expected £800, was a rare and welcome entry in the book section of a September 6 sale held by Hartleys (18% buyer’s premium) of Ilkley.

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Ceramics and furniture star in Hartleys summer sale

21 August 2017

The wide-ranging summer sale at Ilkley saleroom Hartleys (15% buyer’s premium) on June 14 left auctioneer Andrew Hartley in an upbeat mood. He could look back on “some high prices in most areas, and in particular the furniture section showed early signs of a market waking up for items right across the board”.

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Brian 'Braaq' Shields painting coming up at Lindsay Burns auction

06 August 2016

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In which case, LS Lowry must be one of the most ‘flattered’ artists around.

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Catching the mouse – twice

18 June 2011

IT is interesting to compare the commercial fortunes of these two similar, but not identical, Mouseman adzed oak sideboards sold at auction in recent weeks.

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Unique cache of Enid Blyton material up for sale

31 August 2010

A UNIQUE archive of original Enid Blyton material is being offered for sale by her elder daughter's estate at Ilkley auctioneers Hartley's on September 15.

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Nielsen ‘print’ brings £36,000

21 September 2009

WHEN a large house in Cheshire was decommissioned by the army after World War Two, it was sold to a family along with its contents. Included in the sale price was this watercolour, pen and ink image of King Olaf by the Danish illustrator Kay Rasmus Nielsen (1886-1957) which was thought at the time to be a print.

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Davies pair at £27,000 brighten patchy days

18 May 2005

Andrew Hartley, Ilkley. Buyer’s premium: 10 per centSOME high individual prices but, for West Yorkshire auctioneers Andrew Hartley, an unusually high casualty rate of 29 per cent… “It was a very patchy market,” said Mr Hartley summing up what so many auctioneers are finding.

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