The Works of Art Department encompasses a broad range of antique items spanning more than four centuries of art and design. The department handles an eclectic mix of sculpture and decorative items made from a variety of mediums including bronze, marble, stone, wood, metal, terracotta, enamel, pietra dura and ormolu as well as portrait miniatures and items of historical interest.
Works of Art are sold throughout our auction calendar, with a carefully curated selection of items appearing in Fine Art Sales, Country House Sales and the fortnightly Antiques & Interiors Sales. The department has handled a variety of unique items over the years, with highlights including a spectacular pair of Ormolu Mounted Blue John Campana Shaped Pedestal Urns, which sold for £120,000, and a brass collar belonging to Lord Byron’s favourite dog, Boatswain, for whom Byron wrote his famous Epitaph to a Dog, which sold for £14,000.
The department is able to advise you on all aspects of buying and selling Works of Art at auction, from single items to large and important private collections.
A Pair of Ormolu Mounted Blue John Campana Shaped Pedestal Urns, 19th century, the mounts in the manner of Pierre-Philippe ThomireSold for £120,000
Lord Byron Interest (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, 1788-1824): The Collar of His Favourite Newfoundland Dog 'Boatswain' (d.1808)Sold for £14,000
Property of a Lady English School (circa 1610): Miniature Portrait of a LadySold for £7,000
A Pair of Roman Micro-Mosaic Circular Plaques, early 19th centurySold for £6,000
Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875): Ours Dans Son AugeSold for £10,000