Canterbury Auction Galleries

Canterbury Auction Galleries in Kent are collectables and fine art auctioneers. Established in 1991, they hold regular valuation days and their auctions offer a range of items including pictures, jewellery, silver and furniture.


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Canterbury Cathedral Great South Window stonework up for auction

16 August 2016

It is not every day you get the chance to own a unique, original piece of the oldest church in England still in use. If that is your desire, on September 24 your prayers will be answered.

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Medal recalls bravery of Kent lifeboatman

01 August 2015

A silver medal awarded to a lifeboatman who rescued sailors from a sinking ship in hurricane-force winds off the Kent coast in 1891 is to be sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Chinese figure makes £31,000 in Canterbury

22 April 2013

This Chinese gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya dating to the Qing dynasty was among the Asian highlights on offer at The Canterbury Auction Galleries’ latest sale.

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Edward Prior watch: a perfectly preserved Ottoman treasure

21 March 2013

Edward Prior specialised in producing watches for the Ottoman market and an example in exceptional condition recently appeared at a sale held at the Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Chinese ‘chicken cup’ offered in Canterbury

17 May 2012

A 76-lot single-owner collection of Imperial Chinese porcelain, jade and ivories from the Ming and Qing dynasties is to be offered at The Canterbury Auctions Galleries’ two-day sale on May 22-23 in Kent.

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Totem heads for home as vendor relents

25 October 2011

A KENT auction house has withdrawn a sacred Aboriginal artefact from sale after intervention from cultural experts and the Australian High Commission.

Canterbury double fine sales

01 June 2010

CANTERBURY Auction Galleries are to embark on a new sales format that will double the number of fine sales held annually and offer every lot to a potential worldwide audience of Internet bidders.

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Louis Wain’s Cubist cat makes £8200

30 June 2008

THIS pottery figure of a cat is among the rarest of the Cubist-style felines designed by Louis Wain for the Austrian manufacturer Amphora.

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£19,000 bird in the hand

28 August 2007

Kent’s Canterbury Auction Galleries were one of the few salerooms to hold a good quality art and antiques sale in August.

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What a carrion – vulture and serpent majolica teapot takes £17,000

05 March 2007

The majolica market may have cooled a little since the white hot days of the 1990s but rarities still have the capacity to command imposing sums at auction.

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Recluse who paved the way in Paris

18 January 2005

SOME areas of the art market seem impervious to the changing winds of taste. One is quality pictures of great European cities by recognised artists which appeal across the usual boundaries of generations and national borders.

Bidding on later Meissen bodes wellfor Kent collection

06 April 2004

A 100-LOT collection of Meissen, Derby and Cont-inental porcelain figures, together with some furniture and works of art from a local Thanet private vendor, formed the backbone of Canterbury Auction Galleries (15% buyer's premium) February 24 outing which attracted a large number of private buyers, many of whom secured the top ceramic lots.

The King rediscovers his head at Canterbury

08 May 2003

MOST numismatic material when offered at auction comes up in London. Sometimes this is not the case and then frequently a better-than-usual price is achieved.

Masked faces of the Venice carnival bring smiles in Kent

23 January 2002

A large collection of theatrical, character costumes and accessories provided the Canterbury rooms with an out-of-the-ordinary offering which attracted surprisingly wide interest.

Canterbury rooms to re-open after facelift

02 October 2001

CANTERBURY Auction Galleries are celebrating the relaunch of their rooms after a £300,000 modernisation programme. The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Fred Whitemore, will re-open the rooms on October 4, revealing, among other changes, a grand new slate staircase and entrance lobby, with new reception area.

Ancestor of the Internet

06 December 1999

UK: International bidders tuned into proceedings at Canterbury Auction Galleries on October 2, 1999 in the prospect of acquiring one of the earliest ship-to-shore receivers, illustrated right, manufactured in 1908 by the founding father of commercial radio communication – Guglielmo Marconi.

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