Semley are an auction house established in 1990 in Shaftesbury, Dorset. They also now boast an office in South Kensington in London.

Their annual auction calendar features regular sales of antiques and furniture alongside several specialist auctions in areas such as clocks, barometers & scientific instruments, militaria & sporting items, Oriental & Islamic art, rugs & textiles, and garden & architectural items.


Burgess portrait of daughter draws serious attention in Dorset

17 February 2020

The Victorian artist John Bagnold Burgess (1829- 97), grandson of a painter who counted Thomas Gainsborough among his pupils, was best known as a painter of genre scenes.

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Fine feathers for faithful Lady Franklin

27 November 2014

Lady Jane Franklin (1791-1875) gained worldwide admiration for her efforts to trace her husband’s disappearance on his fatal 1845 voyage seeking the North West Passage.

Italian consoles tables bring £28,000 in Devon

06 February 2009

Remarkable for both their size and their original condition, this pair of Italian console tables c,1760 sold for £28,000 Semley Auctioneers of Shaftesbury in Dorset on January 24.

Semley open London office

07 April 2008

Semley Auctioneers have opened an office and reception at 97 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD.