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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A Ming dynasty fan, a rare Beswick horse and a stamp archive – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

17 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a gold paper fan signed for a Ming dynasty calligrapher that took a multi-estimate €28,000.

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Pioneering 16th century French work dances its way to a five-figure auction result

13 May 2019

Pitched at £15,000-25,000, a rare 16th century French work made its lower estimate at Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium).

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Quality counts in Japanese market

06 May 2019

Works by Namikawa Yasuyuki underline how buyers are aiming at the very best when it comes to the Japanese market ahead of a series of UK sales.

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Continental silver becomes a growing presence in the provinces

29 April 2019

Underpinned by bids from the internet, silver from beyond the British Isles is these days a stronger feature of provincial sales.

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Snuff boxes and vinaigrettes sell out after emerging from longstanding collection at auction

29 April 2019

Offered as a sale within a sale, 34 silver snuff boxes and vinaigrettes came fresh to market at Lawrences’ April 9 sale after decades in a private collection.

Meiji vase

Meiji-period cloisonné enamel vase heads back to Japan after auction in Kent

25 April 2019

A Meiji period vase by one of the greatest exponents of the intricate art of cloisonné enamel will be heading back to its country of origin after its sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Trio of clocks that wound up at spring sales

19 April 2019

This trio of clocks – all classic collectors’ pieces – went well above estimate at spring sales.

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Bids for Albert Ball VC’s crash landing

08 April 2019

Captain Albert Ball (1896-1917) is remembered as one of Britain’s greatest heroes of the skies. At the time of his death over Arras in the First World War, aged just 19, he had shot down at least 44 German planes and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

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Pick of the week: Suffragette bravery medal heading to Australian museum is latest in a string of impressive auction results

01 April 2019

A hunger strike ‘Fed By Force’ medal awarded to Suffragette Selina Martin (1882-1972) has been snapped up at auction by an Australian museum.

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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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Byronmania grips bidders in extensive single-owner sale

25 February 2019

With the great country house contents sales of the past now largely a distant memory, single-owner collection sales have become the next-best thing.

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Beyond Byron at the Harold Ward sale

25 February 2019

Collectables untouched by Byronmania but selling well at the Harold Ward auction at Mellors & Kirk on February 6-7 included a 19th century ‘Grand Tour’ Italian alabaster model of the Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, and a gold-mounted malacca walking cane engraved to the pommel with the 1816-37 royal arms.

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Lots linked to Lord Byron boost single-owner sale at Mellors & Kirk

18 February 2019

That rare beast – a good old-fashioned single-owner sale – is a format that seldom fails to produce decent results.

Chandelier

George II chandelier among the five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

15 February 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a George II chandelier and an architecture model of the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa.

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Spoilum portrait sells at 19-times estimate in Nottingham

11 February 2019

An oval oil portrait painted by the Chinese artist Spoilum (fl.1785-1805) depicting Captain George Delanoe, a 1st Lieutenant and Commander of HMS Repulse, drew fervent interest at Mellors & Kirk's latest sale in Nottingham.

Lord Byron

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Byron silhouette and a 1960s jukebox

04 February 2019

With estimates from £100-3000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Seven fabulous gadgets and machines to buy at auction

25 January 2019

Contraptions from the past can be fascinating, whether designed to save time or entertain.

Italian specimen marble table top

Five lots to watch at auction this week including Dirk Bogarde's pietra dura table and a Zulu War shield

07 January 2019

With estimates from £50 to £25,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

Ewer

What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a Renaissance revival ewer and a vodka-drinking Russian

07 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a piece by the ‘crystal king of England’, a Japanese style sword, a vodka-drinking Russian figure and a Renaissance revival ewer.

Rosewood chairs

Five lots to watch at auction this week (November 26-December 2, 2018) including royal rosewood chairs and a Shakespeare pendant

26 November 2018

From a spy camera and royal rosewood chairs to a Shakespeare pendant, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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