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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Somerset’s £43,000 cabinet of delights

28 April 2014

This 21in (54cm) wide ‘Indo-Portuguese’ ivory inlaid hardwood fall front cabinet sold for an extraordinary £43,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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A love of rich colour – two windows on Harry Clarke

22 April 2014

Irishman Harry Clarke (1889-1931) made his reputation as a book illustrator whose work straddled the passing Art Nouveau and the coming Art Deco movements.

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Marine picture in Somerset helps to buoy up the start of the season

30 January 2014

The art market in the New Year traditionally gets off to a rather slow start with just a scattering of fairs, dealer shows and auctions taking place in the first half of January.

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Silver snail – the ‘trump piece’ bid to £8200

13 May 2013

Holding a major silver sale days after the melt price has plummeted by about £3 an ounce is hardly ideal timing.

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The £11,500 amber beads

09 May 2013

Pearls and coloured stones remain strong – but, fuelled by interest from China (and, to a lesser, extent, the Middle East), so does amber.

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Battle won for the playing fields of Eton

28 January 2013

In 1881, at around the time of his 18th birthday, the orphan and Eton College schoolboy John Edmund Hugh Balfour went on a major spending spree.

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Wemyss pigs raise their heads in Somerset

21 December 2012

The Wemyss factory in Fife has become almost exclusively associated with its distinctive, personable pottery pigs and Lawrences’ sale in Crewkerne on January 17 contains four pleasing porkers in various sizes and patterns.

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Matchless collection of more than 1000 vesta cases

20 November 2012

It was the emergence of the very useful but somewhat hazardous ‘strike anywhere’ match in the 1830s that necessitated the fashion for vesta cases.

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Model locomotive at Somerset sale

18 October 2012

This large, scratch-built 5in gauge Great Western Railway locomotive is one of two being sold at Lawrences of Crewkerne on November 2, with both expected to realise £3000-4000.

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Godward’s Dream comes true at £320,000

12 October 2012

Previously only known from a 1910 print and unrecorded for half a century, this 20in x 2ft 6in (50 x 75cm) oil by John William Godward (1861-1922) was sold by Lawrences in Crewkerne on October 12.

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Wonderful Godward painting is a dream find

28 September 2012

Previously only known from a 1910 print and unrecorded for half a century, this 20in x 2ft 6in (50 x 75cm) oil by John William Godward (1861-1922) will be offered by Lawrences in Crewkerne on October 12.

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Going to the zoo in 1850

22 July 2012

Three pictures of London Zoo, produced within a few years of its opening to the public, were sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne on July 6.

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Edward Burra’s Funfair

22 July 2012

Among the best Modern British pictures offered at Lawrences of Crewkerne on July 6 was Edward Burra’s (1905-76) ‘Funfair’, which was consigned from a good local collection barely 24 hours before the catalogue went to press.

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Troika pottery in Somerset

27 June 2012

A collection of Cornish Troika pottery will go under the hammer at Lawrences of Crewkerne, Somerset at their three-day, mixed-discipline sale on July 3, 5 and 6.

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Prints pioneer still generates heat

26 October 2011

Prints by Edward Wadsworth (1889-1949) are not a common sight on the market, but the Yorkshire-born artist who became a leading exponent of Vorticism was a prominent printmaker in the early stage of his career.

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The sight of Baltic gold in Somerset

17 October 2011

MADE in 17th century Gdansk or Königsberg at the very height of the amber working trade in Europe, this delicate chalice with silver-gilt mounts shot to £210,000 at Lawrences latest sale in Crewkerne, Somerset.

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Lawrences to sell extensive naval history archive

28 February 2011

MORE than 20,000 naval postcards, thousands of photographs and slides, and a large quantity of books will be put up for sale at Lawrences in Crewkerne in May.

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Manuscript map of North America takes £170,000

24 January 2011

THIS exceptional 17th century map, depicting settlements in Canada and North America, was unearthed by Somerset auctioneers Lawrences in the attic of The House of Glennie, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

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Attic find reveals an early guide to Hudson’s Bay

13 December 2010

UNEARTHED in a Scottish attic, this exceptional 17th century map, depicting old fishing settlements in Canada and North America is expected to attract international interest when offered at auction in Somerset in January.

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Historic Elizabethen silver dishes to sell in Crewkerne

07 September 2009

According to legend, during the English Civil War, a Royalist descendant of Sir Christopher Harris (c.1553-1625) of Radford, Devon, hid the family silver in a cave before fleeing, fearing for his life.

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