Mallams

Mallams has been trading since 1788 and now has salerooms in Oxford, Cheltenham and Abingdon as well as a valuation office in Burford. 

In addition to conducting general sales, house sales and a biannual ‘House and Garden’ sale, they also hold specialist auctions of 20th century art, books and manuscripts, ceramics and glass, clocks and barometers, collectables, Eastern and Oriental art, furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery and watches.


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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Arts & Crafts furniture, a pendulum clock and Teddy from Andy Pandy

20 May 2019

With estimates from £1000-20,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Six places to buy golfing memorabilia around the UK and beyond this month

13 May 2019

A weekend of watching the British Masters might inspire a spate of related buying, but golf memorabilia is a perennial favourite for some collectors.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including coronation coronets, a George III tripod table and boat race memorabilia

29 April 2019

With estimates from £400-18,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Grima and Kutchinsky move into the mainstream

19 April 2019

At the turn of the 20th century, work by Italian émigré Andrew Grima (1921-2007) or the London jeweller Kutchinsky was on the periphery of the collecting world – still languishing in the bottom of jewellery boxes or, worse, the melting pot.

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Japanese collection from the Axminster carpets family comes to auction in Cheltenham

09 April 2019

A collection of 29 Japanese objects including boxes – known as inrō – will be offered at auction at Mallams in Cheltenham next month.

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Scrappy album but quality watercolour views inside

01 April 2019

Consigned from a deceased estate in Oxfordshire, a loosely bound album containing nearly 100 watercolours of marine and topographical views drew multiple bids at an Oxford saleroom.

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Painted photo creates a fresh princely portrait

01 April 2019

This 19th century painted photograph of an Indian maharaja was the stand-out picture in Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) dispersal of the Chelsea home of the late Henry Wilson – a World of Interiors photographer who died in a bicycle accident in 2017.

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Mallams Auctioneers holds selling exhibition of works by author and ‘last living surrealist’ Desmond Morris

27 March 2019

A selling show of surrealist paintings by artist and scientist Desmond Morris takes place at Mallams in Oxford next month.

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LMS railway posters rescued from cellar prove ‘flavour of the month’ at Mallams

25 March 2019

A group of railway posters, found in a cellar and almost discarded by their owner, sold for more than £5000 at the House and Garden sale at Mallams in Abingdon.

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Edward Seago captures East Anglian atmosphere

11 March 2019

Edward Seago (1910-74), perhaps the best-known 20th century artist who lived and worked almost exclusively in Norfolk, captured the atmosphere of his beloved East Anglia with sweeping compositions and a delicate palette.

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CS Lewis and Keynes among Oxford highlights

04 March 2019

A very rare and inscribed example of CS Lewis’ first published work, a 1919 collection of verses previewed ATG No 2377, was sold recently in Oxford for £2800. Spirits in Bondage was part of the extensive book section of a January 30-31 sale at Mallams (23% buyer’s premium).

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Seaweed marquetry longcase clock causes auction ripple

25 February 2019

Good times at the Oxford rooms of Mallams (20% buyer’s premium), when all bar one of 56 clocks got away almost all going comfortably above estimates.

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Rarities in the regions – three lots drawing strong bidding including a Staffordshire slipware honey pot

25 February 2019

Three lots selling for multi-estimate sums at regional auctions in the UK including a Staffordshire slipware honey pot from c.1700 that drew demand at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury.

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Clive Hamilton aka CS Lewis

28 January 2019

Illustrated below is the title page of a copy of the very first book by CS Lewis to be printed, Spirits in Bondage of 1919.

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From cartridge loader to corkscrew

07 January 2019

One of the more unusual corkscrews to come onto what is a fiercely competitive collectors’ market recently was a brass, steel and wooden contraption of the type one may have seen clamped to the bar of fin-de-siècle brasseries.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including work by the first female Cubist and Queen Victoria’s chair cover

03 December 2018

From Queen Victoria’s chair cover and a military cross to a work by Marevna, dubbed ‘the first female Cubist’, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Home turf before theatre of dreams

03 December 2018

A rare photographic postcard sold via thesaleroom.com at a surprise £850 (estimate £30-50) at Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Washington, West Sussex on October 30.

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Traditional art is talk of the Towne as watercolour leads 18th-19th century picture auction

05 November 2018

British watercolours and oils from the 18th and 19th centuries grabbed bidders’ attention at a recent Oxford auction, proving there is life in this traditional market given the right artists and good provenance.

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Former Manchester United chairman Harold Hardman’s Olympic gold medal sells in Oxford

05 November 2018

Harold Hardman’s journey from amateur footballer and solicitor to chairman of Manchester United in the era of the Busby Babes is a fascinating story in itself. But a medal coming up for auction in Oxford adds even more appeal.

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Caskets box clever at sales

05 November 2018

The name of the Russian Arctic circle riverine port of Kholmogory derives ultimately from the Finnish Kalmomäki for ‘corpse hill’ or ‘cemetery’, but this is regarded as coincidental to its reputation for carved bonework.

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