Weekends were made for wandering around auction houses; where a plethora of hidden gems await your intimate perusal. Here’s my collection of the finest auction houses to tootle around. Head out of the hustle and bustle of London life and breathe into the tranquillity of the countryside. Get the convertible out of the garage and put your weekend strides on: relaxation awaits. Surround yourself with the greenery of our beloved countryside and acquaint yourself with the charming objects that are waiting to be discovered. Look particularly for the Swiss musical boxes with singing birds atop and early antique oriental scrolls at The Swan at Tetsworth’s auction at the end of June. If you can’t wait until then, Trevanion & Dean will be featuring a walrus decanter, designed by Alexander Crichton in 1882 in their Fine Arts and Collectables auction on 18 June. And that’s just for starters. Now, what are you waiting for?
Trevanion & Dean Auctioneers & Valuers is located in The Joyce Building on Station Road in the beautiful market town of Whitchurch in North Shropshire. Despite having only been open for 18 months, Christina Trevanion and Aaron Dean, who are partners at the auction house, have had a stellar year; harnessing 21st century technology to sell not only to UK buyers, but also across the globe. Once you’ve picked up your delights make sure you head outside into the beautiful countryside that surrounds Whitchurch: sample the delights of strolling along the canal, cycle through country lanes and enjoy the fresh air. On 18 June, and every third Saturday of the month, at 10.30am Trevanion & Dean will be holding an auction which includes a wide variety of fine art, antiques and collectables.
Gorringes has been open since the 1920’s and is a well-established antiques auction based in the country town of Lewes, East Sussex. On 21 June at 10am Gorringes will be auctioning a whole host of lots, including; fine art, antique furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery, collectibles and other interesting pieces. And if you still don’t want to leave lovely Lewes after all that bidding, be sure to browse the antique shops of the Cliffe or grab a cuppa and unwind at Bill’s.
Spot famous faces such as Mary Berry, Sophie Dahl and Jackie Chan at the gorgeous Swan at Tetsworth. (One of Oxfordshire’s best kept secrets.) The auction house is set in a historic grade II listed building, with 40 showrooms that are stocked with the finest quality country furniture, small decorative antiques and other artistic objects: you’ll be browsing for hours. At less than an hour away from London, with a large car park situated to the front and renowned restaurant adjacent to the auction house, why not make a day of it? On 30 June at 10am The Swan will be auctioning fine art, jewellery, paintings, ceramics, oriental art and furniture. Look out for their wonderful ships clock, which is from Tirpitz, the German WWII battle ship. If fine portraits of voluptuous women are more your thing, then you’ll be pleased to know that a 17th century Sir Godfrey Kneller piece is being auctioned on the day.
You may know that Dreweatts & Bloomsbury have two prestigious London salerooms. However, the eminent auction house certainly recognises the value of the perfect setting with their third saleroom, Donnington Priory, which can be found in a beautiful country house in picturesque Berkshire. On sale viewing days they open their quaint café and whilst visiting, spend some time enjoying their manicured gardens and scenic views. On 14 July at 10am Dreweatts & Bloomsbury will be auctioning fine jewellery, watches, silver and objects of vertu at Donnington priory.