An exceptionally rare sacred Chinese bronze water vessel made between 2,000 and 3,500 years ago taken when the emperor’s Summer Palace was acquired by British troops in 1860, has been found in a house in Kent. ‘Tiger Ying” will be sold at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on April 11 with estimate of £120,000-200,000
Peacock Antiques, a shop in the Square at Chilham, near Canterbury, opened for business over 40 years, becoming a popular hunting ground for collectors and dealers but on the owner’s retirement 23 years ago, she literally closed the door and walked away. Neither she nor anyone else had stepped inside since, until she asked auctioneer Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries to clear the property and arrange for the contents to be sold. What he found raised some of the top prices in his recent sale.
Imperial bronze censer from emperor’s Summer Palace sells for £37,000 at The Canterbury Auction Galleries A Chinese imperial bronze censer taken by a Royal Marine captain as spoils of war when the emperor’s Summer Palace was looted and burned after the fall of Peking in 1860 sold for £37,000 at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.
Cathedral steps in to purchase 18th century engraving of Canterbury’s Magna Carta in sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries
A painting purchased as part of a collection in the 1950s provided an unexpected windfall for the Kent owner’s family when it sold at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.
Autumn Auction Preview - We have an exciting picture section in our forthcoming October Auction, including three etchings by Picasso!
Shogun’s armour and tiger skin rug from days of the Raj bring top prices in two-day August sale
A rare original recruiting poster dating from 1914 recalling the outrage following the Imperial German Navy bombardment of Scarborough just before Christmas that year has been discovered by a local militaria collector and bought along to one of our Friday free valuation mornings here at the Gallery.
We Are Proud to Announce our Sponsorship of The St Edmund's School Festival!
Tiny Chinese jade tablet sells for £14,500!
Our Springtime 4th/5th of April Auction will include The Ray Butcher Collection of Pocket Watches and Carriage Clocks!
A painting by the acclaimed Irish artist Gerard Dillon ignited a bidding war in a sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries with 11 telephone bidders and several others bidding online sending the price to £13,000, more than three times expectations...
Medway barge racing trophies, vintage wines and spirits, specialist clocks and car boot sale bargain fetch top prices Medway barge racing enthusiasts set a course for The Canterbury Auction Galleries, their mission: to save an historic collection of silver trophies from being sold abroad or melted down. The cost of their endeavours: bids totalling £9,140
Our Christmas sale is approaching and we have some exciting items being prepared for auction on the 29th and 30th of November including a fine selection of clocks, a Collection of Barge Racing Trophies, wine and spirits and toys and gifts.
Daylong auction at The Canterbury Auction Galleries raised £192,000 The gods smiled down on a sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries when buyers from around the globe bid enthusiastically for the collection of ‘God hunter’, author, Kent scholar and leading expert on the subject, Keith Stevens.
Ancient stone from Canterbury Cathedral raised £210,000 in an historic ‘white glove’ sale conducted by The Canterbury Auction Galleries on Saturday September 24. The total was more than twice expectation with buyers both locally and across the world spending freely to secure unique works, some dating back to the 15th century.
We can confirm that the third day of our October Three Day Sale of Fine Art, Antiques and Oriental Porcelain will include The Keith Stevens Collection of Chinese Gods and Goddesses.
UPDATE: The Keith Stevens Collection of Chinese Gods managed to gain £192,000!!! Sale results now available on the website.
UPDATE: Chinese celadon jade cylindrical brush pot carved sold for £50,000 surpassing expectations!!! Sale results now available on the website.
An oil painting of a seated Moroccan woman by Edouard Leon Louis Legrand has sold for £17,500 this summer at The Canterbury Auction Galleries!
The Canterbury Auction Galleries August sale will include over 100 lots of militaria, including a superb 18th Century samurai helmet, a good English blunderbuss and a fine pair of English pistols by Griffin and Tow, as well as a very good selection of medals and awards, general edged weapons and antique guns and general militaria.
Summer Auction Preview: A collection of early Islamic pottery found in the 1960s and 1970s. For all those who love antiquities!!
On the 2nd of August The Canterbury Auction Galleries will be selling a fantastic selection of pocket and wristwatches, including a magnificent Memento Mori Pocket Watch, A Gentleman's Patek Philippe 18K gold cased automatic calendar wristwatch, and a Gentleman's Audemars Piguet "Quantieme Perpetuel No. 003" 18K gold cased wristwatch
A remarkable and extensive group of medieval tiles took some of the top prices in the dispersal of the Clem Wittenberg Collection of early English and Continental antiques and works of art at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on June 9.
The Canterbury auction galleries can confirm that our 7th, 8th & 9th of June sale will include The Wittenberg Collection – a private collection of medieval and early English and continental antiques and works of art. The 9th of June will be dedicated to the Wittenberg Collection and will include glassware, ceramics, tiles, wood and stone carvings, oil paintings, watercolours, arms and armour and oak furniture.
Take a look at the gorgeous selection of oriental and nautical jewellery which will be up for auction this June at The Canterbury Auction Galleries
A marvelous Duncan Grant dish, previously used as a garden cat bowl is up for auction at The Canterbury Auction Galleries in our 7th, 8th and 9th of June sale.
Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979) artwork makes strong prices at The Canterbury Auction Galleries June Sale, with one Ink and watercolour by the artist of Four children playing by a stream fetching a hammer price of £2500!
Following a recent demand in Lowry prints, The Canterbury Auction Galleries April 2016 sale proved that the demand was still strong, with three Lots of Lowry prints making £2100, £1450 and £3300.
With over 100 Lots of medals up for auction at The Canterbury Auction Galleries April 2016 Sale, we were delighted with the sale results for our medal section.
The Canterbury Auction Galleries are all set for a dazzling Spring with these stunning diamond rings up for auction during our 12th and 13th of April sale!
The Canterbury Auction Galleries will be opening the 2016 12th/13th of April sale with an interesting private collection of items. This fascinating collection includes an absorbing array of historic objects, with the earliest items in this collection dating from the 13th Century, and including items of English, French and German origin. The collection commences at Lot 1 and concludes at Lot 23.
The Canterbury Auction Galleries can announce that our upcoming April Sale will include over 100 Lots of medals, ranging in conflicts from Waterloo to Port Stanley. These medals will be up for auction on the 13th of April, day two of our April Sale; an important date for any medal collector!
FORTHCOMING ENTRY SPRING AUCTION – 12th / 13th APRIL 2016 HAROLD HARVEY (1874-1941) Oil painting – “The Village Farrier ESTIMATE £12,000 – 15,000
Waves of nostalgia flooded through the saleroom when The Canterbury Auction Galleries dispersed Canterbury man John Hiscott's lifetime collection of iconic Kent railway posters and ephemera.
Chinese paintings wowed buyers – and thrilled sellers – in the October Two Day Sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries, with the price of one pair of small oils spiralling beyond expectation to £11,000.
Clocks collected by a Kent antiques dealer did more than just mark time in a sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries – the 20 lots on offer raised £42,000, a total double that expected by his family.
This year The Canterbury Auction Galleries were again proud sponsors of a series of talks held during the Canterbury Festival from 17th - 31st October.
In our most recent sale, we offered on behalf of a local private owner a rare pair of small oil paintings showing respectively a view of the Canton hongs and a panoramic view of nearby Macau harbour from the hills. Painted on brass panels measuring just 4.25ins x 5.75ins, the early 19th century paintings were important records for historians particularly as the hongs were destroyed in a fire in 1856. Just how important was proved when they sold to a local collector for £11,000, a multiple of their guide price.
Buying vintage fashion at auction is a great way to get fashionable authentic clothes at a fraction of the price! In this post we divulge our helpful hints and tricks when it comes to buying vintage! Main image: A 20th Century German lady's crocodile leather and gilt metal mounted handbag, with purse for same, and one other lady's crocodile leather handbag - Lot 430 22nd May 2012
A fascinating insight into another cultures beliefs and rituals. Read on to learn more about twins and their significance in the Yoruba Tribe in Africa. Main image: A pair of Yoruba (Southern Nigeria) carved wood twin figures (Ere Ibeji), the male and female figures with scarification marks to each cheek - Lot 698 - 13th October sale 2015
Who doesn't love a good cup of tea, whether Earl Grey, Green tea with Lemon, Assam, Ceylon, Fruit, Herbal . . . Or good old Builder's! Here is a brief history of British tea and the items associated with it. Main image: Lot 32 in 14th April 2015 sale - Three George II silver rectangular tea caddies now fitted in a Victorian rosewood tea caddy - Sold -£3500
Unfortunately not the merrily striped man but something equally as jolly! Here is a brief history of these wonderful items and the company that made them. Main image: A good early 20th Century Martinware stoneware "Grotesque" bird, the detachable head modelled with a quizzical look, on turned ebonised wood base, the head and base both incised "R.W. Martin & Bros London and Southall", and dated "16.4.1905", 9.25ins high (cracked and with associated chip) Upcoming in our 13th/14th October Auction
One of the most asked questions that we deal with in the build up to a sale is: "How does buying at auction work - I have never done this before"! Hopefully this post by our Managing Director Tony Pratt will answer any questions and dispel any auction myths as well as providing some handing buying hints! Main image: Late 17th / early 18th Century Brass “Lantern” Clock by Samuel Barrow, Hermitage Bridge, London, with verge escapement, 15ins high Sold for £4,000