Lawrences of Bletchingley

Lawrences of Bletchingley are UK auctioneers based in Surrey. The firm holds six-weekly sales throughout year which cover a number of specialisms in antiques and collectables. Its departments include furniture, ceramics, carpets, collectables, musical instruments, metals and paintings.

Lawrences of Bletchingly was founded in 1964 and continues to operate as a family-run business. Its chairman is Robin Lawrence.


Leica: 225 is the magic number

27 June 2022

The Leica I debuted at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair at a time when it was still common for glass plates to be used in cameras.


Poignant pictures by doomed polar explorer sold in Surrey

08 February 2021

Three small sketches of polar scenes caught the attention at a recent auction held by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley in Surrey.


Miniature depicting key figure in colonial Australia draws demand at Lawrences of Bletchingley

16 November 2020

This 4 x 3in (10 x 8cm) oil on ivory miniature, offered by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley, is attributed to the English miniature painter William Mineard Bennett (1778-1858).


Fiddle makers and fiddlers

20 April 2020

Bid to £4100 and £3000 in a sale held by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley were two albums, or ledgers, relating to the business of violin maker WE Hill & Sons – both with a direct family provenance.


A market still ticking as pocket watches bring demand at Lawrences of Bletchingley

23 March 2020

A superb collection of 61 pocket watches drew strong demand at a Surrey auction last week as remote bidders, using the phone and online platforms, competed for some outstanding 17th, 18th and 19th century examples.

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Unseen for a century, pocket watches bring £145,000 in Surrey sale

20 March 2020

A cache of pocket watches, unseen on the market for close to a century, sold for £145,000 in Surrey today.


Two George II tables bring major sums in regional rooms

23 September 2019

Two English furniture ‘discoveries’ excelled against modest hopes at auction in mid-September. Top-end London dealers bought both pieces.


Late Victorians in time for Surrey sale

02 July 2018

A good helping of late Victorian pictures featured among the top prices on June 6 at Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley in Surrey.


The British camera that helped get pictures moving

06 June 2014

It may not look much today, but this camera was the latest cutting-edge piece of technology when it was first released for sale in 1899 – and it helped lay the foundations for the future of film and moving pictures. Then it retailed for £30, now it has just sold at auction in Surrey by Lawrences of Bletchingley for £7800.

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Walter Langley interior scene offered in Bletchingley

14 March 2013

First exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1913, this painting by Walter Langley (1852-1922) will be offered for sale at Lawrences Auctioneers of Bletchingley on March 20.


A box on the wing in Surrey

22 November 2010

THE unexpected highlight of a recent sale conducted by Surrey auctioneers Lawrences of Bletchingley was this Anglo-Indian rosewood and ivory inlaid butterfly form jewellery box entered for sale from a local private source.


Maw and Co. vase adds to lustre of Rode Hall collection

19 September 2006

The missing element in a rare series of vases by a celebrated Arts & Crafts designer has now been located for a Cheshire country house after it was spotted in an ATG advertisement.

Quality finds buyers but lesser pieces are a struggle to get away

27 July 2005

“SELLING more lots but for less overall money” was the verdict of Lawrences valuer Howard Page after more than 2700 lots went under the hammer at the Surrey auctioneers’ marathon June event.


Sleepers and sale charges underline the pluses for country rooms.

25 January 2005

Lawrences, Bletchingley Buyer’s premium: 12.5 per centTHE unceasing campaign among provincial auctioneers to bring the right material to the rostrum is, perhaps, tougher the nearer one is to London. However, salerooms outside the capital can compete both on vendors’ charges and by accepting pieces turned down by the metropolitan’s top three.


Old standards sell alongside new fancies

18 August 2004

SOME steady selling of material which has been hard to shift of late provided some encouragement for the trade generally at Lawrences of Bletchingley's (12.5 buyer's premium) July 20-22 sale and among the 2000 lots – which totalled nearly £200,000 – there were enough of those quirky offerings which make provincial British auctions the fascinating events they can be.


Bookends support £1250

07 July 2004

SAIREY Gamp and Tony Weller are two of the most commonly encountered Royal Doulton character jugs (and accordingly among the cheapest) but only very rarely are the two Dickens’ characters seen as bookends.

Quality touches lift furniture bids

02 June 2004

GIVEN the bob-a-long prices for run-of-the-mill furniture at auction, the fact that 917 offerings at Lawrences of Bletchingley's (12.5% buyer's premium) 2861-lot April 27-29 sale were furniture didn’t bode well for the three-day outing.

Namikawa’s name takes vase to the top

21 May 2003

THE name of Namikawa Yasuyuki is justly positioned in the premier league of Meiji metalworkers as one of the very finest cloisonné workshops working in the late 19th/early 20th century.

In no fit condition, but then it is George Jones

07 March 2003

This 19th century George Jones majolica game pie dish and cover led the way at Lawrences (11% buyer’s premium) three-day event, held at their rooms in Bletchingley between February 4 and 6.