Lawrences of Crewkerne

Lawrences of Crewkerne is a Somerset auction house which can trace its beginnings back to the early nineteenth century. The business has 12 specialist valuers who provide valuations for sales, probate, family division and insurance.

Lawrences of Crewkerne hosts a number of sales every month. The sales are dedicated to different fields such as books, maps, manuscripts, decorative antiques and fine arts, clocks, furniture and rugs.


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Consequences of self-isolation for businesses

22 July 2021

Art and antiques businesses are being impacted by staff shortages due to self-isolation requirements relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

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’Ullo John! Got an old Motor?

12 July 2021

Books and periodicals from the John Warburton motoring library featured in a May 25 sale presented by Transport Collector Auctions & Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) in the latter’s Crewkerne salerooms.

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Odundo orange vase offered at Lawrences in Crewkerne

21 June 2021

The sale of 19th and 20th Century Ceramics at Lawrences in Crewkerne on July 22 includes two coil-built terracotta vessels by the Kenyan-born potter Dame Magdalene Odundo (b.1950).

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Elizabeth I steeple cup gallops into Somerset auction

21 June 2021

The Silver & Vertu sale at Lawrences in Crewkerne on July 20 includes this 17in (42cm) high Elizabeth I steeple cup and cover with the maker’s mark AB conjoined, London 1602.

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The rovers return at Somerset sale

21 June 2021

Lawrences of Crewkerne is offering a charming picture of two dogs on July 21 that the auction house last sold in the 1950s.

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Samplers make a string of positive auctions results

17 May 2021

Estimated at just £80-150, a Queen Anne or George I period needlework sampler sold for £10,000 via thesaleroom.com at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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New audience brings tiara back in vogue

12 April 2021

The popularity of the tiara, that reached its peak in the decades before the onset of the First World War when diamonds from South Africa were in plentiful supply, has fluctuated across the 20th century in line with prosperity and fashion.

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The toon mark

07 December 2020

Four early pieces of Newcastle plate and a selection of other silver rarities sold at auction this autumn

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Auction previews: issue 2471

07 December 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Spoons – the great English survivors

07 December 2020

As hugely personal items and of relatively small melt value, spoons represent the great majority of English domestic silver items surviving from the pre-civil war period.

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Victorian ring concealing a practical joke brings sensational bidding in Somerset

23 November 2020

This curious object is the forerunner of a million Christmas cracker prizes. Made in gold and silver, c.1830, the ‘ring’ chased with flowers includes a tiny pin hole which allows a jet of water to be squirted into the face of an unsuspecting admirer via a syringe-like plunger that can be concealed in the palm.

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‘Dramatic rise in whisky prices’, says Lawrences' specialist

09 November 2020

Whisky has been a booming market in recent years, says Simon Jones, associate director at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Beyond Browning in Somerset

09 November 2020

Principal attraction in a Crewkerne book sale at Lawrences (25% buyers premium) was the Browning family archive that featured as Pick of the Week in ATG No 2459, but three other items from that 370 lot sale are noted here.

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‘Father of the RAF’ swords

05 October 2020

Lawrences’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Crewkerne on September 10 featured three swords that came to auction from the family of the ‘Father of the RAF’: Viscount Trenchard GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO (1873-1956).

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Lenkiewicz turns art into saleroom gold

28 September 2020

Early work by the Plymouth artist portrays himself alongside German alchemist

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Pick of the Week: Browning family archive sells in Somerset

14 September 2020

A cache of material related to the influential Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) and her family sold for close to £50,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Egyptian mask comes to Somerset auction

14 September 2020

This Egyptian polychrome painted wood sarcophagus mask comes from the lid of an anthropoid coffin. These were coffins carved to the outline of the mummy’s body and decorated with the face and wig of the deceased.

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Carving much mightier than a mouse

24 August 2020

The Robert Thompson firm produced shire horses, such as this example offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on July 23, from the 1960s-90s.

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Sapphire brooch brings phone bids aplenty at Lawrences

17 August 2020

Sapphires come in a range of hues from colourless to blue. The ‘fancy’ canary yellow stones, caused by trace amounts of iron, are particularly desirable - the best found in Sri Lanka.

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