Lawrences of Crewkerne

Lawrences of Crewkerne is a Somerset auction house which can trace its beginnings back to the early 19th century. The business underwent a management buyout in 1992 led by Helen Carless who became managing director. The firm was then acquired in 2022 by Swedish online auction platform Auctionet.

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


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Trafalgar celebrated with a splash of vinegar

15 August 2022

This example of the well-known Nelson memorial vinaigrette made by Matthew Linwood of Birmingham in 1805 sold for £2800 at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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See the one that got away on sale day at a weighty £17,000

27 June 2022

This impressive carved and painted wooden half-block model of a salmon measures an impressive 4ft 10in (1.48m) across.

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Lesser names become estimate-busters in Somerset sale

20 June 2022

Strong prices do not always have to be seven, six or even five figure sums.

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Medals: not just for the military

13 June 2022

Spotlight on honours sold recently includes courageous lifesavers from civilian backgrounds.

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Get the ultimate dressing-up set

30 May 2022

The numerous coronations offer a chance to buy more esoteric objects at auction.

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Pair of Windsor Chairs sets a furniture puzzle

02 May 2022

Pair sold at Somerset saleroom spark a debate on where and when they were made

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Acropolis comes into the fold

02 May 2022

The view of the Acropolis shown here is part of a three-section, folding litho panorama found in Selina Bracebridge’s Notes Descriptive of a Panoramic Sketch of Athens…

Tom Österman of Auctionet with Lawrences' Helen Carless.

Swedish firm Auctionet buys Lawrences of Crewkerne

30 March 2022

Auctionet, the online auction platform, has bought Lawrences Auctioneers in Somerset but the team at the Crewkerne firm will remain in place.

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Norwich silver celebrated and frost fair memories

28 March 2022

For many years the largest city outside London, Norwich had its own silver assay office during three periods from 1565-1702.

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A Civilotti jewel to rival Castellani

07 March 2022

The Etruscan, Renaissance and Byzantine revival jewels made by the Civilotti family (Carlo, Antonio and Giuseppe) in Rome are less numerous and less well known than those of the Castellani dynasty.

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Range of furnishings from Dorset manor add buzz to Crewkerne auction

14 February 2022

The furniture and works of art sale at Crewkerne auction house Lawrences (25% buyer’ premium) on January 21 included a set of George II walnut seating furniture with an excellent provenance.

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Old Masters two for one deal

07 February 2022

Intriguing lot offered paintings as central element and elaborate border section combined

Celestial cup

Silver Vaults dealer S&J Stodel wins the £26,000 trophy

31 January 2022

The potent mix of China, horseracing and the 1851 Great Exhibition yielded a strong price for this splendid ‘export’ silver trophy at auction.

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Caravanette offers accommodation on the go

31 January 2022

If you cannot decide on whether to collect dolls’ houses or toy vehicles, try this lot offered at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Chinese work with European inspiration attracts interest in Somerset

17 January 2022

Many Chinese export porcelain forms were inspired by European silver or ceramic forms.

Trefid spoon

A rare silver souvenir of the 1684 frost fair

10 January 2022

Eight frost fairs were held on the Thames between 1607-1814, taking advantage of the firm ice that formed on the river as it flowed slowly in the shallows near the old London Bridge.

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Aristocratic connections boost rings

22 November 2021

In a recent Financial Times article titled 'Dangerous baubles for boys', historian and style journalist Nick Foulkes commented that a friend had “described my hands as looking like a cabinet of curiosities trying to emulate a pair of knuckledusters”.

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Portrait miniature buyers make Smart choices

22 November 2021

In demand at home and abroad during his lifetime, the eminent miniaturist John Smart was an international draw at a trio of sales.

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Bird artist became pottery painter after bankruptcy

15 November 2021

Sold for £16,000 in a September 23 sale was an album of 41 watercolour studies of birds produced by William Weston Young (1776-1847).

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Dates to remember for mourning jewellery

20 September 2021

Fellows’ Fine Jewellery sale in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on September 30 includes an extraordinary collection of 63 mourning rings.

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