Mellors & Kirk

Mellors & Kirk are an auction house based in Nottingham. It was founded in 1993 by Nigel Kirk and Nicholas Mellors and holds regular antiques and collectors’ sales which include categories such as jewellery, watches, books, militaria, ceramics, paintings, furniture and vintage toys, as well as quarterly fine art sales. 

Their sales and valuation days have featured on episodes of the BBC antiques show Flog It!.

The firm also operates from a consignment and valuation office in the High Street in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.


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Pick of the week: Coachbuilders archive rolls up to £25,000

12 February 2024

With clients including the Maharajah of Kutch, Queen Victoria and multiple princes and dukes, Holmes & Co was one of the top coachbuilders of the 19th century.

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Strong box thought to be the work of Gerrit Jensen

27 November 2023

Like many English joiners of the period, not a great deal is known about the private life of Gerrit Jensen.

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Laurence Biddle brings a bidding battle

06 November 2023

Among the works that caught the eye at a Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) sale in Nottingham was a flower painting by Laurence Biddle (1888-1968).

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Clarice Cliff goes supersize with a ginger jar

16 October 2023

The typical Clarice Cliff ginger jar measures just under 9in (22cm) high and around 6in (15cm) wide.

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Pick of the week: Lessons pointed the poor towards job skills

28 August 2023

Well known for pottery, Sally Tuffin (b.1938) is also renowned for pioneering 1960s fashion as part of the Foale and Tuffin firm.

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Classic goblet takes £4000

28 August 2023

Included in Mellors & Kirk’s (24% buyer’s premium) July 18-20 sale in Nottingham was this classic baluster goblet dated to the 18th century.

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Live it up in mock Tudor

01 May 2023

A doublet and hose worn by the Earl of Abergavenny at the coronation of George IV in 1821 came to auction in Nottinghamshire.

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Sensible estimates create the right conditions to sell

06 March 2023

A couple of prints by leading names from the early 20th century drew attention at recent regional sales despite some notable condition issues.

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Tales of Timbuktu-born prince and a 116-year-old historian

13 February 2023

This single-page letter offered on January 19 by Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) tells the remarkable story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori (1762-1829).

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Nineteenth century sculpture: evil genius and equestrian elegance

30 January 2023

Focus on two contrasting sculptures from the same era by Feuchere and Boehm sold in recent auctions

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Early 19th century transformation game makes changes for comic effect

30 January 2023

An early 19th century transformation game featured at Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham as part of a January 17 sale.

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Pick of the week: Take tea early with an Elers English caddy

02 January 2023

Although Dutchmen John and David Elers came to London sometime in the 1680s as silversmiths, the brothers are remembered today as the potters who brought fine unglazed stonewares to Staffordshire.

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Goblet with the Nelson touch

14 November 2022

This 11oz George III silver goblet by Solomon Hougham, London 1802, is engraved with an inscription that is key to its appeal.

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Master of tempera Southall tempts with watercolours too

03 October 2022

A leading member of the Birmingham Group and closely associated with the Arts & Crafts movement, Joseph Southall (1861-1944) is probably best known for tempera painting – the painstaking medieval technique he helped revive.

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Auction house Bellmans opens in Kensington's Cromwell Place

14 September 2022

News of Bellmans opening a London office in South Kensington is among the latest moves and hires across the world of art and antiques.

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Langley ladies ponder a quiet life in Newlyn

05 September 2022

Pictures of old women from the fishing community of Newlyn are among the most prevalent works by Walter Langley (1852-1922).

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Guide gets to the point: needlework sample album highlight of Nottinghamshire sale

18 July 2022

Just as the title reads, this album offered by Mellors & Kirk in Nottingham contains Specimens of Needle-Work Executed in the Female Model School, Kildare-Place, Dublin.

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First Freda then Thelma and Wallis for Edward VIII

30 May 2022

“It is quite pathetic to see the Prince and Freda. His love is so obvious and undisguisable.”

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Bidding with abandon for Foucou’s Ariadne

25 April 2022

An 18th century marble statuette with an extensive provenance emerged at a recent Nottingham auction.

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Satisfying a craze for ‘the antique’

21 March 2022

Nottingham sale showcases wares of ‘the most complete manufacturer in England in metal’

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