Catherine Southon

Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers is based in Chislehurst, Kent and holds regular auctions at Farleigh Court Golf Club, Selsdon in Surrey as well as in Chislehurst itself.

The firm was launched in 2012 by former Sotheby's specialist Catherine Southon who also appears regularly as an expert on BBC antiques programmes including Bargain Hunt, Flog it!, Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Trade Secrets


UK sales of Asian art – a coming together of cultures

03 December 2018

Despite the disparity in numbers, the market for Chinese and Japanese works of art are increasingly aligned.


What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including Edmund de Waal’s netsukes and a Lalique bronze hand mirror

30 November 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights that sold at auction in the last week including a netsuke collection, a Lalique mirror and rare Georgian silver.


Fresh partnership kicks off with York sale of Soame Jenyns' Oriental group

29 October 2018

Bigger and better sales for Midlands and Surrey auctioneers and a successful debut auction for the new York venture Duggleby Stephenson (17.5% buyer’s premium) made for an encouraging start to autumn.

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What to buy: Five auctions to watch this week (October 1-7 2018)

01 October 2018

Among the plethora of auctions across the UK this week, here are five highlights from upcoming sales, including a Stuart Devlin candelabra at Catherine Southon.


Stuart Devlin collection at Surrey sale

20 August 2018

When it comes to auctions of Stuart Devlin silver, a very good market test is coming up soon. Catherine Southon’s October 3 sale at Farleigh Court Golf Club in Selsdon, Surrey, offers a single-owner collection.

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Extensive single owner Stuart Devlin silver collection comes to Catherine Southon auction

15 August 2018

In our recent ATG jewellery feature we wrote about how the death of silver designer Stuart Devlin earlier this year and a book he published just beforehand could lead to a reappraisal of his work. When it comes to auctions, a very good market test is coming up soon.

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Suffragette hunger strike medal archive sold for Catherine Southon house record to National Museum Wales

26 July 2018

A Suffragette archive including a ‘hunger strike’ medal that sold for a house-record hammer price of £40,000 at Catherine Southon’s auction has been bought by National Museum Wales.

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Fascinating Suffragette archives sold in Derbyshire and coming up for sale in Surrey

03 July 2018

An archive relating to three Suffragette sisters has been bought at Hansons’ July 2 auction by a world-renowned expert in the subject and dealer in memorabilia.


Llots of life in top-level Meiji

14 May 2018

Estimated at £400-600, a Satsuma censer by Kinkozan provided more evidence that there is considerable life in the market for top-quality Meiji works of art when offered by Surrey auctioneer Catherine Southon (18% buyer’s premium).

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Call goes out to bid for alarm clock owned by Kenneth Williams of Carry On fame

24 January 2018

Carry on bidding at Catherine Southon’s auction on March 7 and you stand a chance of buying an alarm clock which once made sure Kenneth Williams wasn’t late for filming.

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Churchill spectacles make appearance at Catherine Southon auction

05 December 2017

Next month in the UK you can watch Darkest Hour, the new film depicting the Churchills in the early days of the Second World War as he became prime minister. But if you are truly fascinated by the man regularly voted as the Greatest Briton, you can get a fix tomorrow by bidding for his spectacles.


Sheep and snow flow away in favour of flood scene

20 November 2017

A rather unconventional painting by the Victorian artist Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) featured in Catherine Southon’s (18% buyer’s premium) sale in Surrey.


Read all about it: Catherine Southon saleroom fifth anniversary

13 November 2017

In business for 20-plus years, former Sotheby’s auctioneer Catherine Southon, founder of the eponymous auction house and antiques TV presenter, takes nothing for granted.


The career of an artistic Playboy

16 October 2017

As part of a fifth anniversary auction at Farleigh Court Golf Club on November 1, Catherine Southon is offering the first part of an archive consigned by the family of the commercial artist and cartoonist Francis Wilford-Smith (1927-2009).


Exporting values from south London

09 October 2017

A collection of early 20th century Chinese silver attracted wide interest at Catherine Southon’s (18% buyer’s premium) September 6 sale at Selsdon, south London.


First English edition of 'Around the World in Eighty Days' tops Catherine Southon sale

25 September 2017

One of Jules Verne’s most popular tales, 'Around the World in Eighty Days', led the book section of a September 6 sale held by Catherine Southon (18% buyer’s premium).


A sweetheart brooch to give you wings

21 August 2017

In the days when loved ones in the armed forces would head abroad on service for up to several years, not knowing when or if they would return, ‘sweetheart’ brooches were a way of remembering them.


Peruvian painter’s take on Venice

19 June 2017

A tiny 19th century Venetian oil by Frederico del Campo (1837- 1923) went under the hammer for the first time in a century at Catherine Southon (18% buyer’s premium).

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Hong Kong Plague Medal 1894 on offer at Catherine Southon auction

31 January 2017

Some collectors go for military medals. Some prefer civilian awards. An honour coming up at auction on February 22 is a fascinating example of a medal awarded to both military and civilians.

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Victorian novelty silver salts hop to £18,000

10 April 2015

This 5in (12cm) high pair of Victorian salts in the form of kangaroos made by Bond Street silversmiths Hunt & Roskell sold for £18,000 at Catherine Southon’s latest sale at Farleigh Court Golf Club near East Croydon.