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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Setting provides period drama

11 September 2017

A 19th century topaz pendant with cushion-shaped diamond accents raced to £9000 at Mallams’ Silver & Jewellery sale in Oxford on August 23.

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War artist’s peaceful rural views

24 July 2017

Possibly the largest quantity of watercolours by the Second World War artist Thomas Hennell (1903-45) to come to auction in one sitting was on offer at Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) on July 5

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Cartoonist auction price shows Max effect

24 July 2017

This work above by the popular cartoonist Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) was a highlight of Mallams’ library sale on June 21.

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Focus on the war artist friend of Eric Ravilious who also went missing in action

27 June 2017

It may seem a blindingly obvious thing to say, but being a war artist can be a dangerous business. Eric Ravilious, now one of the most sought-after Modern British artists, was never seen again after joining a Second World War rescue flight which itself ended up as missing in action.

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Flower power blooms at Oxford auction

19 June 2017

A still-life by Dora Carrington (1893-1932) starred in Mallams’ (20% buyer’s premium) Design & Modern British & Post-War Art sale, selling just shy of the artist’s record.

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Simmonds Cotswolds Arts & Crafts horses gallop to £21,000

19 June 2017

A carved wood sculpture by William G Simmonds (1876-1968), one of the great forgotten originals of the Cotswolds Arts & Crafts movement, sold for a record £21,000 (estimate £3000-6000) at Mallams Oxford (20% buyer’s premium) on May 25.

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Dora Carrington’s saleroom flowering as still-life takes £72,000 at Mallams

05 June 2017

Estimated at £15,000-25,000, a still-life by Dora Carrington (1893-1932) sold for £72,000 at Mallams in Oxford on May 26.

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The £13m Asian art boon for London as Silk Road begins to run dry

05 June 2017

“It was one of those eureka moments,” said Rosemary Scott, Chinese ceramics specialist at Christie’s. “My colleague Jeremy Morgan was on a perfectly normal valuation visit when he walked into the drawing room and there, on the mantelpiece, he saw these vases. He couldn’t believe his eyes.”

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Czech sculptor with right royal connections

15 May 2017

Bronze busts of the Queen and Prince Philip from the Oxfordshire studio of Czech émigré sculptor Franta Belsky (1921-2000) took top honours at Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) in Oxford on April 25.

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Arts & Crafts collection to appear at Oxford auction

28 April 2017

Primary provenanced Arts & Crafts furniture comes up for sale at Mallams in Oxford on May 25.

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Indian miniature painting of emperor to hold court at Mallams' auction

20 April 2017

A late 18th century Rajput miniature with an excellent provenance is to be offered at auction next week at Mallams in Cheltenham.

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Jewellery shines in Oxford and Essex auctions

18 April 2017

An Edwardian emerald, pearl and diamond pendant by Carrington & Co, London sold for £24,500 (estimate £6000-10,000) to an online bidder at Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium) in Rayleigh on March 20. The central heart-shaped old-cut stone weighs 3.5cts and was given a colour grade of K/L and a VS clarity.

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Sir Gordon Russell is the cheaper Cotswold School choice

10 April 2017

With the major names of the pioneers beyond the purses of most admirers of Cotswolds School furniture, works by Sir Gordon Russell are steady sellers and 16 pieces offered at Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) all found buyers on March 16.

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Favourite of the cavalry commands top lot in Oxford

05 April 2017

A good mix of traditional and modern pictures drew decent bidding at Mallams’ (20% buyer’s premium) on March 16.

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Details of the shoe buying habits of literary giants Waugh and Tolkien bought at auction by Oxford’s Bodleian Library

24 March 2017

The Bodleian Library in Oxford has bought the historic customer ledgers of venerable Oxford shoemaker Ducker & Son.

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Czech émigrés' studio sculptures come to auction at Mallams in Oxford

14 March 2017

Works from the studio of sculptors Franta Belsky and Irena Sedlecka are coming to auction at Mallams in Oxford.

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Waugh, Tolkien and a host of famous names in Oxford sales ledgers up at auction

26 January 2017

It was the end of an era in Oxford when Ducker & Son, the bespoke shoemaker and home of the Oxford brogue, sadly closed down last November. The venerable 6 Turl Street store had traded in the centre of the city since 1898.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland collection heads to auction in Oxford

18 January 2017

An auction of 3000 items from the estate of the late antiquarian book dealer Thomas Schuster is big news for fans of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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Form, glaze and rarity lift Van De Velde vase at Oxford auction

08 December 2016

This stoneware vase designed by Henry Van De Velde for Reinhold Hanke was sold at Mallams in Oxford earlier today for £17,000.

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On offer in Oxford – William Rothenstein’s portraits of the Arts & Crafts home

02 December 2016

An archive of family drawings by Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945) forms part of Mallams’ December 8 sale in Oxford.

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