Mitchells

Located in the Cumbrian market town of Cockermouth, Mitchells began as an auctioneer of livestock and furniture in 1873.

In 2002 the livestock and land agency sector moved out of the town centre but the antiques and fine art auctions continue to be held in the original Victorian cattle market with its central octagonal ring acting as the main saleroom.

Mitchells hold regular general sales but their antiques and fine art sales are held quarterly, alongside bi-annual sporting sales.


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Publicity-shy artist Percy Kelly now on a high

01 July 2019

Percy Kelly (1918-93) was so averse to the limelight that only a few of his paintings were ever shown publicly during his life. But a major retrospective in 2015 and a birth centenary last year has helped raise the Cumbrian artist’s profile – and his prices.

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Auction house looks beyond Lakeland for diverse lots

19 April 2019

In the proud tradition of UK provincial auction houses, the 2000-lot, three-day sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) offered a world of artefacts from way beyond its Lakeland base of Cockermouth.

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Pub slot machine finds new home

25 March 2019

Having stood in the George IV pub in Workington since the 19th century, a mahogany penny slot machine made its last public appearance at Cumbrian auction house Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium).

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The world comes to Cockermouth

07 January 2019

Three-day auction at Cumbrian saleroom demonstrates global reach of art and antiques.

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Local Cumbrian scene skates to £3600

21 December 2018

This seasonal watercolour of figures ice skating in the Lake District (below) sold for a mid-estimate £3600 at local Cumbria saleroom Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) on November 28.

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Cumbrian book sales on the starting blocks

17 December 2018

Packed with job lots in many categories, the book section of a three-day antiques auction held at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) in the Cumbrian market town of Cockermouth heralded an intent to make such sales a regular feature.

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The calm before and after the bidding storm

24 September 2018

Two contrasting marine scenes, encapsulating the unpredictable nature of the sea, were offered at a recent sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) of Cockermouth in Cumbria.

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Bidding battle for a ‘wrestler’

27 August 2018

Pitched at £20-40, a small bisque doll with jointed limbs, below, topped Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) toys sale at Cockermouth on July 21.

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Eastern hoard out of Cumbria

02 July 2018

“The best piece in the sale,” enthused auctioneer Richard Harrison in reference to a Meiji Kazaridana cabinet sold for £11,000 at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) at Cockermouth on June 13-15.

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Museum’s shipshape local purchase

02 July 2018

Running to just over a hundred pages and containing numerous illustrations of ships, figureheads and portrait busts, an accounts ledger kept by a Cumbrian shipbuilder has gone to a local museum.

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Artist’s box takes £3000 in Cumbria

07 May 2018

Topping Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) £53,000 Country Sporting sale in Cockermouth was an artist’s box belonging to George Lodge (1860-1954).

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Sumptuous silk at just £350

30 April 2018

The world of Chinese art remains open to collectors on modest budgets if they look to some of the less fashionable wares, those from later periods and pieces that carry damage.

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Provincial auction houses prosper in spring

09 April 2018

The sort of large-scale, widely varied provincial auction which had Cheffins auctioneer Luke Macdonald enthusing “it was like selling used to be 15 years ago” after his March 7-8 sale at Cambridge (ATG No 2335) is rarer than it used to be, but plainly alive and well and prospering.

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Slipware dish is auction bloomer at Mitchells

18 September 2017

Catalogued as early English, this slipware dish above had all the qualities of the combed decoration earthenware baking, or loaf, dishes produced in the late 18th to early 19th century and took the top price at Mitchells (20% buyers premium) of Cockermouth.

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Sweet dreams are made of these Rowntree's tins

24 July 2017

Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) Vintage and Antique Toy Sale on July 15 included a collection of 15 Rowntree’s sweet tins from the Edwardian era.

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Venice: going, going, gondola…

26 June 2017

Consigned from a deceased estate, a 19th century oil of a popular Venetian view topped Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) June 1 auction in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

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Salmon cast reeled in at Mitchells

08 May 2017

Catch of the day at Cockermouth auctioneers Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) sporting sale on April 8 was a cast of a salmon. The 48lb fish, cast by Mallochs of Perth, was estimated at £1800-2000 but was reeled in by a Scottish enthusiast at £5200.

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Beadwork and embroideries

05 April 2017

Through surviving examples of Charles II beadwork, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the splendid colours of Stuart England.

Robert Salmon marine painting

Robert Salmon painting leaps to a house record in Cumbria

29 September 2016

Robert Salmon’s 1814 oil painting ‘The Frigate William Fell off Greenock’ set a house record at Mitchells of Cockermouth earlier this month when it was knocked down at £79,000.

Qianlong Republic period Chinese famille rose and grisaille vase

Top selling lots this week on thesaleroom.com

29 July 2016

With summer holidays upon us and no Antiques Trade Gazette being published this week, we take our regular look here at some of the highest selling items and top selling lots on thesaleroom.com

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