Woolley & Wallis

Salisbury-based auction house Woolley & Wallis is a leading UK provincial saleroom.

Founded in 1884, they now hold regular specialist sales in areas from Asian Art and Tribal Art to 20th Century Design, Jewellery, European Ceramics, Arms & Armour and Fine Art.

In 2016, they opened a London office in Mayfair.


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Chinese wine warmers proved hot stuff to sell at nearly 33 times the top estimate

27 May 2024

Roseberys and Dreweatts both posted two six-figure prices during the spring round of UK regional Asian art sales.

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Fantin-Latour roses rise to a regional high point

06 May 2024

Oil on canvas showing favoured subject of the artist takes top spot so far in UK sales outside London

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Chronicle of a Canadian way of life soon to disappear

01 April 2024

Irish-born William W Armstrong (1822-1914) emigrated to Canada in 1851 and initially found success as a civil engineer on the early railways and pioneering photography for industrial purposes.

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Archaic style to modern taste when it comes to Clarice Cliff

01 April 2024

The Clarice Cliff, Art Deco & Design auction at Woolley & Wallis (26% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on March 20 included this rare 10in (25cm) vase, shape no 375, decorated in the Archaic pattern mirroring a capital design from a temple in Luxor.

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New joiners at Lyon & Turnbull and Chiswick Auctions and an expanding trainee scheme at Woolley & Wallis

28 March 2024

A round up of movers and shakers across the art and antiques sector

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Teapot displays dual combination of Doccia porcelain technique

11 March 2024

Ceramics historian cited this item to show how two types of decoration were used in combination

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Maltese marvel – silver coffee pot stars as auction best seller

26 February 2024

Eighteenth century coffee pot made on the Mediterranean island stands out as best-seller in an extensive and varied auction array.

Maltese silver coffee pot

Maltese silver coffee pot shines at auction

01 February 2024

An exceptional Maltese silver coffee pot took six-times estimate at auction.

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Flea market? Flea circus? Fleas at auction this time, dressed for the occasion

24 January 2024

Mexican dressed fleas were made originally by nuns probably a way of subsidising the income of a convent

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Grotesque proves attractive when it comes to Martinware

08 January 2024

Latest ceramics sales demonstrate how Martinware demand has moved on beyond Wally Birds

Qianlong vase

Chinese jade from Lawrence family collection soars past estimate

20 November 2023

The most eagerly awaited of the five Asian art catalogues offered by Woolley & Wallis was an array of 34 Chinese jades from the Lawrence family collection.

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White gloves for Chameroy’s eclecticism

20 November 2023

The late Jean Louis Chameroy (1946-2020) was born in the city of Troyes in France but moved to the London in 1960s.

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Lawrence jades lead five-star Salisbury series

23 October 2023

Woolley & Wallis will offer five catalogues this November – including two named single-owner sales.

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Bauer’s Balinese scene serves to please

23 October 2023

Dutch artist used a technique that was much admired in his homeland as well as Britain

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Wassail bowl hailed at a healthy five figures

23 October 2023

Wassailing ceremonies on important feast days were a legacy of Anglo-Saxon culture.

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The Edo pecking order

23 October 2023

The Woolley & Wallis Japanese sale includes some good examples of the Edo period porcelains that wowed the European courts of the 17th and early 18th centuries.

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Jonathan Horne sale: Importance of name recognition to auction success

16 October 2023

Consignment from the late dealer Jonathan Horne helps a buoyant ceramics section in the saleroom

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Corbels count as an unusual feature

09 October 2023

This Queen Anne period marquetry longcase featured in a sale of furniture, works of art and clocks held by Woolley & Wallis (26/20% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury from October 4-5.

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Jacobite drinking glasses toast Old and Young Pretenders to the throne

09 October 2023

Hot on the heels of just over 20 lots of 18th century Jacobite drinking glasses offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on August 16 (see ATG No 2607), more of these desirable items appeared at two other salerooms.

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Old Masters: Off-peak service in the market

18 September 2023

While the ‘peak season’ for Old Master sales in the UK traditionally falls twice a year in early July and December, coinciding with the flagship sales in the London rooms, notable lots nevertheless appear throughout the year at auctions around the country.

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