Parker Fine Art Auctions

Buffy Parker and Henny Smith set up Parker Fine Art Auctions in Farnham, Surrey in 2020. The pair had worked together at auction house John Nicholson’s for around five years prior to that.

Parker, who started at Bonhams as a porter in 1973, had previously run his own art dealership in Hampshire for 30 years, while Smith started her career at Sotheby’s as an archivist in 1998 in the British pictures department and also previously worked at Tennants auctioneers.

The Battle of Loos painting

Artillery museum shells out at auction to secure First World War battle scene

10 July 2024

The Royal Artillery Museum has emerged as the winning bidder for a rare eyewitness view of a First World War battle sold at a recent auction in Farnham.

Battle Of Loos

Soldier’s watercolour of First World War battle to appear at auction

02 July 2024

Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly’s observations of the Battle of Loos appears at Parker Fine Art Auctions


Frederick Austin: an artist of the old school

26 February 2024

Group of works by a maker who used mostly traditional techniques creates a secondary market test

George Clausen picture

Clausen’s nymph found in a family collection

27 November 2023

While pictures of young female sitters are not unusual in the oeuvre of George Clausen (1852-1944), ones with mythological or allegorical subjects are distinctly rarer.


Iberia held a fascination for Hillier

16 October 2023

The early English Surrealist Tristram Hillier (1905-83) was a regular visitor to Spain and Portugal.

Parker Fine Art Auctions party

Party marks Buffy Parker's 50 years in the trade

03 July 2023

Buffy Parker is celebrating 50 years in the art market.


The mysterious artist in high auction demand

05 June 2023

One of the most talked about pictures sold at auction recently was a portrait by an almost unheard of artist that emerged in Surrey.


Benois steps up in the saleroom

10 October 2022

A couple of ballet-related lots danced away for high prices over the summer.


In the frame: Collectors and film prop buyers are among those boosting the market for antique picture frames

26 September 2022

Usually overshadowed by the art that lies within, it is often forgotten that frames themselves can be a fundamental part of the overall value.


Frame game: Parker Fine Art Auctions

26 September 2022

“Parker has created the first regular frames auction with a dedicated catalogue in more than 10 years. It is great to see.”


Frame and fortunate: a test case in Surrey sale

08 August 2022

Can an original frame make all the difference to price? A recent Surrey auction provided an interesting test.


Surf’s up for Maggi Hambling

25 April 2022

A small work by Maggi Hambling (b.1945) was among the pieces of Modern and Contemporary art attracting interest recently at Parker Fine Art Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).


The simple but charming style of J Fisher

04 April 2022

Local appeal propelled a naïve painting of Farnham to 40-times its top estimate at Parker Fine Art Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale.


Emms dog portraits rear their heads in different parts of the country

28 February 2022

A couple of dog portraits by leading Victorian canine painter John Emms (1844-1912) brought a flurry of bids at separate auctions held just a day apart.


Eastern European artists on the rise at UK auctions

21 February 2022

Pictures by eastern European artists generating interest from national-minded buyers is an increasingly common sight at UK regional sales.


Leggett market gets a leg up

31 January 2022

Response to trio of works indicates fresh interest in female artists is a factor at all price levels


Demand for modern female artists remains on a high

29 November 2021

The strong prices for Modern British female artists keep rolling on. Among the notable results in the regions recently was a beach scene by Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) that was among the star performers at Parker Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).


Rare example of an 'enconchado' painting makes 30-times estimate at Surrey auction

06 September 2021

An intriguing variation on an Old Master sparked a strong competition at Parker Fine Art (25% buyer’s premium) earlier this summer.


From Highlands to east London

12 July 2021

A large 18th century watercolour of a Scottish loch by William Turner of Oxford (1789-1862) emerged as a star lot at Parker Fine Art (25% buyer’s premium).