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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.

Antiques dealer Geoffrey Harley

5 Mod Brit highlights from dealer Geoffrey Harley’s collection sold at Woolley & Wallis’ auction

16 February 2018

Modern British art from the estate of the late antiques dealer Geoffrey Harley raised a total of £626,000 at Woolley & Wallis.


Far Eastern demand helps tiaras to shine

05 February 2018

Deemed a little ostentatious in some Western circles, tiaras remain popular with the so-called ‘new’ markets.


Snuff boxes sum up unusual appeal

22 January 2018

Four unusual collections caught the eye, if not always the cash, at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer's premium).


First sales of 2018 make a happy new year

22 January 2018

Two of the first sales of 2018 suggest that toasts to the future can be drunk from half-full, rather than half-empty, Georgian rummers.


Cor blimey… have a butcher’s at this

08 January 2018

Cockney barrow boy-related jewellery is coming to auction in Salisbury later this month.


Lambeth Walk 'cockney bling' comes to auction in Salisbury

05 January 2018

A cache of cockney barrow boy related jewellery will come to auction in Salisbury later this month.


Brewing up a storm: America’s first china teapot unearthed for £15

02 January 2018

A hitherto unrecorded teapot attributed to a pioneering American porcelain factory has surfaced in the UK.


Picture captures the lonely feel of Lowry art

02 January 2018

A market-fresh figure study by Mod Brit giant LS Lowry (1887-1976), pictured below, topped the sale at Woolley & Wallis.


Previews: £30,000 plus

02 January 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.


ART MARKET: Political historian Peter Mangold's home became a Mod Brit treasure trove

02 January 2018

Art assembled by Peter Mangold, the late political historian, led a strong line-up of Modern British pictures at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury.


Cider and a scapegoat in focus in Salisbury sale

11 December 2017

Engraved 18th century glassware opened the sale at Woolley & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on October 18.


Sell-out sale of early spoons in Salisbury

27 November 2017

A recent silver sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included a cache of early spoons from the collection of David Constable. Each had been illustrated and discussed in his magnum opus, 'Silver Spoons of Britain', published in 2016.


Jewels of the real-life Lady Chatterley

20 November 2017

Twelve items of jewellery belonging to Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938) – the woman who inspired the DH Lawrence character Lady Chatterley – contributed more than £15,000 to the sale conducted by Woolley & Wallis on October 26.


Ivory carves a market test at auction

23 October 2017

In a diverse 515-lot sale, finely carved wood and alabaster, porcelain and even furniture took eye-catching bids – but much of the wider market was waiting to see how a large consignment of 18th and 19th century ivory carvings would fare at Woolley & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium) on October 4.


Riding the rising crest of the Oceanic wave

16 October 2017

The designated tribal art department at Woolley & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury is now in its third year – and increasingly picking up consignments and regular buyers from well beyond its immediate hinterlands.


Traditional values make welcome return to regions

02 October 2017

“There really does seem to be life in the traditional market”. Woolley & Wallis’ (22% buyer’s premium) latest Old Masters, British & European Paintings sale in Salisbury left specialist Victor Fauvelle in a buoyant mood.


Koryo schist cinerary chest at Woolley & Wallis

27 September 2017

This rare 17 x 2ft 8in (43 x 82cm) Korean cinerary chest dates from the Koryo period. This kingdom effectively united the Later Three Kingdoms in AD936 and ruled most of the Korean peninsula until the Koryo dynasty was removed by the founder of the Choson in 1392.


Pomander petal power at Woolley & Wallis

11 September 2017

This 19th century gold, turquoise and peridot pomander is exceptional both in terms of size and quality.