Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions is a West London auction house with 20 specialist departments including fine art, furniture, jewellery, silver, wine, arms and armour, books and fashion. It holds regular specialist sales as well as a monthly design and interiors sales.

The firm is jointly run by William Rouse and Leigh Osborne. In 2017, Chiswick Auctions announced plans to open a South Kensington showroom manned by a group of former Christie’s staff.

Watercolour of Napoleon's funeral procession

Eyewitness view of Napoleon’s funeral catches the attention

03 April 2023

Subject to particular competition from Napoleon buffs at the sale of Books and Works on Paper at Chiswick Auctions on March 16 was an original watercolour sketch titled Funeral Procession to the grave of Bonaparte, 9 May 1821.


Silver: No longer the last days of the Raj

06 March 2023

A once neglected aspect of the silver market received a showpiece sale in February. ATG reports on the Stewart collection of Anglo-Indian silver from the Raj period.


The exotic appeal of coconuts and porcelain

06 March 2023

Cups with coconut bowls mounted in silver or silver-gilt were fashionable rarities in western Europe throughout the 16th and early 17th century. At the time the coconut was, like other ‘exotics’ such as nautilus shells or imported pottery and porcelain, held in high esteem.


School songbook signed by Winston Churchill for Jock is on tune

06 March 2023

Available from the school’s own bookshop from 1937 was a printed collection of Harrow School Songs, but it was a rather special copy that sold for £7500.


When Short Brothers started to hit the heights

20 February 2023

This instrument dates from the founding days of one of the world’s most significant aerospace manufacturers: Short Brothers


A world coming into focus thanks to Negretti & Zambra

20 February 2023

Early stereoscopic images featured in the collection of a dealer curious about how technology transformed life in Victorian times

Silver teapot

Dedicated Indian Raj silver auctions launched

30 January 2023

Chiswick Auctions will conduct what it believes is the first ever auction devoted to Indian and Burmese silver of the Raj period on February 14.


Banner marking abolition of slavery bought at London auction

23 January 2023

Anti-slavery objects are enjoying a particularly strong moment in the market.


Bungalow was filled to the brim with a remarkable collection of toys

23 January 2023

A remarkable collection of dollhouses, dollhouse furniture and juvenilia was sold in London towards the end of 2022.


Dunhill ‘Aviary’ lighter sparks a bidding battle at Chiswick Auctions

02 January 2023

An auction record was set for an Alfred Dunhill ‘aquarium’ lighter at Chiswick Auctions.


Brilliant Brunel – and a scandalous corset

12 December 2022

Commissioned by the 'Illustrated London Times' to document the construction of the mighty Great Eastern, the young photographer Robert Howlett (1831-58) took some of the most famous images of ship’s designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59).


Lesser-known manufacturers play their part in the toy market

05 December 2022

Forget names such as Palitoy, Britains, Dinky, Sindy, Bing and Marklin for a moment – recent auctions have shown the demand that can exist for lesser-known manufacturers and brands in the toys world.

Chiswick Auctions’ team

Chiswick Auctions' autumn starters for 10

28 November 2022

Chiswick Auctions has been busy recruiting since the move to new premises at the Barley Mow Centre in September.


Georghiou watercolour emerges at Chiswick Auctions

28 November 2022

George Pol Georghiou (1901-72) is a well-known name in his native Cyprus where his work can be found in many public collections.


Iranian incense burner helps to fuel ‘white glove’ sale

21 November 2022

Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was another of the London salerooms that held a designated sale in Islamic week.


Rolex red letter day

14 November 2022

The Fine Wristwatches & Pens auction at Chiswick Auctions includes a rare variant of perhaps the most celebrated of all Rolex ‘tool’ watches: a 1970s Submariner with the so-called ‘single red’ Mark IV dial.


Limerick ladle scoops £2500 bid

14 November 2022

Irish Georgian silver made outside Dublin and Cork comes with significant rarity value

Roy Raftery

A new collectables department in Surrey and hires in London – the latest moves across the world of art and antiques

08 November 2022

The launch of a new sale of Retro Video Games at Ewbank’s is among a round-up of recruitment and expansion news for auction houses.

Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s travelogue

Linschoten’s travels reach £44,000

31 October 2022

A Dutch travelogue from the early years of Arctic exploration sold for £44,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Chiswick Auctions on October 26.


Celestial inspiration at Chiswick Auctions

10 October 2022

This pair of Indian gem-encrusted gold and champlevé enamel arm bracelets or bazubands are expected to bring £5000-7000 at Chiswick Auctions’ Islamic Art – Property of a European Collector sale in London on October 28.