Mellors & Kirk

Mellors & Kirk are an auction house based in Nottingham. Founded in 1993, they hold regular antiques and collectors’ sales which include categories such as jewellery, watches, books, militaria, ceramics, paintings, furniture and vintage toys, as well as quarterly fine art sales. 

Their sales and valuation days have featured on episodes of the BBC antiques show Flog It!.


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Qianlong masterworks or honorific doppelgangers?

30 November 2020

The unusual Chinese porcelain model (pictured below) forms the shape of a lingzhi stem vividly enamelled with a blend of green, blue and pink glazes. It measures 9in (23cm) high and carries a Qianlong (1736-95) mark.

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Sticky situation is resolved

09 November 2020

An 1859 first of Darwin’s seminal work shrugs off condition issues to be a best-seller

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Condition counts for sugar box

02 November 2020

In family ownership for several generations, this 27oz Charles II sugar box was described by Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) as “in an exceptional state of preservation, with hardly any sign of wear and no damage or repair worthy of note”.

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Gramophone bought by the Rothschild family for Waddesdon Manor comes to auction

14 October 2020

A rare gramophone believed to have been bought by James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of the Rothschild banking dynasty, for the family home of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, is coming to auction next week.

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Happy buyer gets the cream of the crop

17 August 2020

Nestlé, today a Swiss multinational corporation, was a much smaller company when this rare lithographed showcard was made.

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David Dalby cattle portrait leads Shorthorn Society auction

08 June 2020

Shortly before the UK lockdown, Cumbrian saleroom Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium inc VAT) offered works from the collection of The Shorthorn Society, a body that promotes the famous breed of cattle in the UK and Ireland.

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Sir Oswald Birley's sensitive not stern portrait of father

18 May 2020

Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952) is among the artists most represented in UK public collections. Art UK records 173 works in national museums and institutions, National Trust properties and local museums.

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Student magazines with illustrations by Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden emerge in Nottingham sale

27 April 2020

The three magazines shown here were all produced by students of the Royal College of Art in the years 1925-27 and sold online for £1000 in a sale at Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) of Nottingham.

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Rare ‘Brooks slavery ship’ creamware beaker with a dark tale sells at Nottingham auction

06 April 2020

A rare creamware transfer printed and painted beaker offered for sale by Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham told a dark tale.

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A ‘sing-song’ for the inventive James Cox

30 March 2020

The London entrepreneur James Cox (c.1723-1800) is best known as a specialist in the intricate clockwork curios encrusted with gold, silver and jewel, referred to as ‘sing-songs.’

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £3000 including an Eric Ravilious print

13 January 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including an Eric Ravilious print.

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Mything in action: spirited Armstrong

06 January 2020

Rarely seen in public before, this signed 18in x 2ft (45 x 65cm) gouache is one of the earliest works by the British Modernist painter John Armstrong (1893-1973).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1650 including a William Henry Hunt self-portrait

06 January 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a William Henry Hunt self-portrait.

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Byron carves out card case role

23 December 2019

This Victorian mother-of-pearl and abalone shell card case is carved with a portrait of George Lord Byron, the most flamboyant and notorious of the major English Romantic poets.

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Silver tureen salutes captain’s fighting spirit

28 October 2019

American naval expertise and gallantry came as a big shock to the British, who had become used to the Royal Navy ruling the waves.

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Strong private buying helps to fuel high hammer total and selling rate in Nottingham

14 October 2019

Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) added to the cautiously feel-good mood created by some highly successful autumn sales in the provinces when strong private buying brought impressive results across the board.

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Parliament proves it can complete a deal

07 October 2019

A missing Pugin parliamentary letter box has been returned to the Palace of Westminster more than 100 years after it disappeared.

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Wedgwood collection emerges from collector’s fairyland flat

15 July 2019

Visit by auctioneer to a regular auction-goer’s apartment uncovers Wedgwood collection.

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Romantic Russians in figure form

15 July 2019

The Patriotic War of 1812 stirred up powerful feelings of national pride in Russia.

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Pugin parliamentary letter box posts £4200

08 July 2019

On December 27, 1851, the architect Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860) wrote to Augustus Pugin (1812-52) with a progress report on the interior decoration of the Palace of Westminster.

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