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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Sales by the sword united

21 May 2018

A quartet of weapons with fascinating histories sold recently at regional UK auctions.

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Special taste of Battersea wine labels

14 May 2018

A speciality for collectors of silver wine labels are the enamelled examples produced in Battersea in the 18th century.

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Silver accessible at three figures

14 May 2018

Another spring sale, another impressive total. But perhaps what distinguished the silver sale held at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was that the £750,000 total was mainly built up by affordable collectors’ items.

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Mythical beasts and snail in harmony in Salisbury

14 May 2018

Two fine Dutch pieces quadrupled estimates at Woolley & Wallis on April 24-25: a c.1637 wine cup by an unidentified Middelburg smith and a table bell.

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Items once core to collections

14 May 2018

An essential of genteel Georgian life, silver apple corers with their simple elegance were once much prized by collectors. However, a collection of nine early 19th century examples offered at Woolley & Wallis on April 24-25 met a mixed reception, with only five getting away.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

07 May 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Sterling performance for ‘Dymock’ candlesticks at auction

30 April 2018

Estimated at £10,000-15,000, a pair of James II silver candlesticks sold at £62,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at the Woolley & Wallis silver sale in Salisbury.

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Praise for inglorious SAS mission in the Falklands War

16 April 2018

A gripping story which, until recently, has remained shrouded in mystery, provides the backdrop for an intriguing test of the market for SAS medals.

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Watercolours worked up into saleroom success

02 April 2018

Given current market conditions, watercolours can often be ‘the poor relation’ when it comes to mixed category picture sales. But examples benefitting from fine condition, colouring or execution, or a combination of these key factors, can lead to a very different outcome.

Saleroom selection: Three works at Woolley & Wallis below £1500

02 April 2018

Three more modestly valued works drawing attention at Woolley & Wallis

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Bidders board the Farnham omnibus

02 April 2018

A painting of Farnham High Street from 1794 by a little-known artist fetched a not-so-little £8500 at Woolley & Wallis.

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Why a sea view costs extra

02 April 2018

Marines and seascapes were a strong feature of Woolley & Wallis’ latest picture sale and, while there were plenty of affordable works on offer (see separate story), the sale was led by one of the larger works by a well-recognised name.

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Plainer studio pottery styles attract their own faithful following

02 April 2018

The 96-lot section of studio pottery offered at Woolley & Wallis’ (25% buyer’s premium) wide-ranging ceramics sale at Salisbury on March 21 included a private collection of the work of David Leach (1911-2005) and Walter Keeler (b.1942).

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Clarice Cliff’s Age of Jazz back on centre stage

26 March 2018

An American private collector bid £15,000 for a rare Clarice Cliff figure group at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury.

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More reasons for Salisbury rooms to bless America

19 March 2018

It was in keeping with a Salisbury sale dominated by the remarkable £460,000 bid for a teapot made at Cain Hoy, South Carolina by John Bartlam c.1765 (see ATG 2331), that the same Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) ceramics sale included a group of three rare enamel boxes made for the American market.

Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury

Woolley & Wallis auction calendar unchanged after Salisbury attack on former Russian spy

16 March 2018

Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis has announced that it will continue with its planned auction calendar despite the ongoing police activity in the city following the recent nerve agent attack on a former Russian intelligence officer.

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Fish dish tickles bidder tastebuds in Salisbury

26 February 2018

When it comes to the business of selling middle-market collections, the big London salerooms are particularly adept at cherry-picking the best and rejecting the rest.

Teapot

The story behind the Met’s epic £460,000 auction battle for ‘America’s first china teapot’

26 February 2018

A hitherto unrecorded teapot attributed to a pioneering North American porcelain factory sold last week for a remarkable £460,000 (plus premium) at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury.

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New York’s Met Museum wins bidding for early American teapot at Salisbury auction – video

21 February 2018

An early American porcelain teapot sold for £460,000 at a Woolley & Wallis auction in Salisbury this week is now on its way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

John Bartlam Cain Hoy teapot

Early American teapot sells at £460,000 as vendor makes huge return on £15 purchase

20 February 2018

A previously unrecorded teapot attributed to a pioneering American porcelain factory sold at a Woolley & Wallis auction today for £460,000. The vendor of the teapot, a private collector from south-west of England, had bought it recently in the Midlands for just £15.

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