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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Letters reveal a time of turmoil

28 October 2019

English Civil War material is of particular note in a broad-ranging Somerset auction

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The Bentley story at Transport Collector Auctions

28 October 2019

Estimated at £250-350 in a November 12 motoring and cycling sale being held by Transport Collector Auctions in conjunction with Lawrences, at the latter’s Crewkerne rooms, is a 1956 first of Darell Berthon’s Racing History of the Bentley.

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Pick of the week: An artwork of great propaganda value

21 October 2019

“Germany calling, Germany calling” were the chilling opening words spoken by the upper-class British accent of William Joyce – Lord Haw Haw – and other presenters in propaganda radio broadcasts from Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

Silver auction previews: including a George V bowl modelled on the Winchester measure

26 August 2019

A selection of silver lots coming up in the salerooms.

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Wainscot chair with top quality

19 August 2019

Better by a distance than nine similar items, a mid-17th century wainscot chair offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) in Crewkerne demonstrated the yawning price gap between the acceptable and the desirable in the early oak market.

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Charity check unearths Wyld rarity

12 August 2019

One notable consequence of the growing prevalence of charity shops on the high street is that auctioneers are receiving more and more items that these organisations want to check in case they are valuable.

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The art of pitching it just right

12 August 2019

Somerset auction shows how bidders are very sensitive to how works are estimated.

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Preiss is right ahead of ivory ban

05 August 2019

Under forthcoming UK ivory legislation, there will be no legitimate market for bronze and ivory Art Deco figures.

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Rising market for Mouseman as bookends sell for £10,000

15 July 2019

A rare pair of bookends by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson attracted huge interest and a remarkable £10,000 winning bid at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Musical boxes tune up in two auctions

15 July 2019

Two musical boxes catching the eye and ear among the small vertu sections at summer silver sales.

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Welsh art, Qajar armour and a book on hysteria – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

12 July 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes an oil painting by Welsh artist Sir Kyffin Williams and a group of 19th century Qajar armour.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including novelty Victorian silver, a George III tea caddy and a rare Middle English manuscript

01 July 2019

With estimates from £50-90,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Five militaria auction highlights – including a Second World War V1 flying bomb rudder

28 May 2019

A Second World War V1 flying bomb rudder recovered in Kent and kept as a ‘souvenir’ by a Home Guard member is among the militaria highlights in five recent auctions.

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Furniture rolls back the years

27 May 2019

Two collections assembled since the late 1960s enthuse a fresh generation of buyers.

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Portcullis brooches boost value of Suffragette hunger strike medal sold in Somerset saleroom

24 May 2019

With so many Suffragette medals on the market during the past year and a half, coinciding in 2018 with the centenary of votes for women in the UK, it is the added extras that can make all the difference to auction price.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Lichenstein panel for Brigitte Bardot, a Suffragette medal and musical table clock

13 May 2019

With estimates from £100-$1m, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Bold buyers win the top prizes at auction

06 May 2019

At an uncertain time bidders are assertive when the best and not the rest comes up at auction.

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Abolitionist mug draws interest at Lawrences

06 May 2019

Opening the antique ceramics section of Lawrences’ (25% buyer’s premium) four-day sale in Crewkerne was the William Farrar Jackson collection of commemorative English pottery.

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SILVER: Sale of the ‘Mambury Set’ of 10 James I apostle spoons tops the regional spring sales of antique silver

29 April 2019

Satirical magazine Private Eye once ran a series highlighting the fatuity of interviews by supposedly asking famous names their feelings towards spoons, there being nothing more mundane or less worthy of comment. But the appeal of an antique spoon to the cognoscenti is not difficult to appreciate.

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Snuff boxes and vinaigrettes sell out after emerging from longstanding collection at auction

29 April 2019

Offered as a sale within a sale, 34 silver snuff boxes and vinaigrettes came fresh to market at Lawrences’ April 9 sale after decades in a private collection.

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