Elstob Auctioneers

Based in Ripon, North Yorkshire, Elstob & Elstob was founded in 2019 by former Thomas Watson Auctioneers director David Elstob and his wife Beth Elstob. Initially holding sales at Bedale Hall, the firm relocated in early 2020 to Ripon Business Park.

In 2023 it was announced that the firm would become known as Elstob Auctioneers following David Elstob becoming the sole director of the company. 

David Elstob worked at Thomas Watson for six years and prior to that spent 12 years with Addisons in Barnard Castle.


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Butterflies signal a long life and a good price

05 February 2024

Modestly guided at just £200-300, this tiny Qianlong period ruby-glazed teabowl and 4in (10.5cm) diameter saucer generated plenty of interest when it came up for sale at Elstob (25% buyer’s premium).

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Chess collecting: now it’s your move

27 November 2023

How much would you spend on an antique or vintage chess set? Here are three examples from different periods that sold across a wide range of prices.

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Pilkington’s ceramics provide good starter for North Yorkshire auction

27 November 2023

A 43-lot private collection of Pilkington’s ceramics from Manchester opened Tennants’ (24/22% buyer’s premium) sale of 20th century design held in Leyburn on October 7.

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Weapon belonged to Light Brigade prisoner

25 September 2023

A sword that saw action in the famed Charge of the Light Brigade sold for £1900 at Elstob Auctioneers’ (25% buyer’s premium) Antiques & Fine Art Sale.

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Famous Georgian beauty depicted on numerous occasions emerges again

03 July 2023

Signed and dated 'T Beach Pinxt 1793', this portrait depicts the famous Georgian beauty Anne Templar, Lady de la Pole (1758-1832).

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Vesta micromosaic panel lights up a sale

22 May 2023

Popular since they were first bought by Grand Tourists visiting Italy, this early 19th century micromosaic panel was a particularly fine example.

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Cigars at the officer’s table

06 March 2023

Military history and regimental glamour combine in a Victorian silver cigar case offered at Ripon auction house Elstob & Elstob (25% buyer’s premium).

Derby winning miniatures

Four Derby winners reunited after museum’s auction success

19 December 2022

A set of four miniature oil paintings depicting Derby-winning racehorses belonging to John Bowes (1811-85), co-founder of The Bowes Museum, has been reunited after being bought at auction.

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Racehorse miniatures from museum founder come to Yorkshire auction

14 November 2022

Two miniatures of Derby winners belonging to John Bowes (1811-85), founder of the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, come for sale at Elstob & Elstob’s Ripon saleroom on November 30.

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County Durham dealer and North Yorkshire auction house team up for online quiz show

08 September 2022

Barnard Castle antiques dealer David Harper and Ripon auction house Elstob & Elstob are calling on dealers, collectors and antique enthusiasts to join them as contestants for a new quiz.

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Appointments at BADA, Bishop & Miller and Elstob & Elstob – a round up across the art and antiques sector

12 July 2022

Our latest news on hires includes new faces at auction houses and a dealer association.

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Treen that’s all it’s cracked up to be

25 April 2022

A Queen Anne treen nutcracker proved popular at auction.

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Buyer chases down Russian dagger

24 January 2022

The surprise lot at the sale held on December 11 by Ripon auction house Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium) was this 19th century Russian hunting dagger.

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Illustrator Ronald Searle's sketches produced in Japanese POW camp sold as part of archive at Tennants

09 August 2021

One of the prisoners to survive the horrors of the Changi camp in the Second World War was an art school dropout who later became a renowned illustrator.

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Debut militaria sale section at Elstob & Elstob includes an early QGM honour

22 March 2021

An early issue Queen’s Gallantry Medal was one of the highlights of the first militaria auction section at Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium).

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Debut three-day sale graced by an aristocratic selection

21 December 2020

In playing condition but with enough problems to be catalogued as ‘sold as seen’, a Nicole Frères brass inlaid music box was one of the unexpected stars of the first three-day sale to be held at Ripon auction house Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium).

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Pictures set a university challenge

07 December 2020

London dealer takes up task of identifying artist behind views ‘of Oxford and Cambridge’.

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Lyon & Turnbull, Elstob & Elstob and Bellmans – new faces and departments at regional auction houses

10 November 2020

The latest Movers & Shakers across UK salerooms including new departments and sales at Lyon & Turnbull and Elstob & Elstob.

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Coffee pot shows rising power of prosperous Liverpool

07 September 2020

This George I provincial silver coffee pot c.1720, offered by Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium) in Ripon on August 20, is a great rarity.

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Highlights from Shelton New Hall at Elstob & Elstob

13 July 2020

The New Hall China Manufactory holds an important place in the history of English porcelain. Active from 1781-1835, it was effectively a cooperative between several Staffordshire earthenware makers, who acquired the Bristol porcelain patent and financed a factory together, first at Tunstall and then at Shelton New Hall in Hanley.

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