Wilson55

Wilson55 is an auction house located in Nantwich, Cheshire. The firm dates back to 1955 and was previously known as Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers.

The firm's trading name was changed as part of a rebranding in December 2020. At the same time it decided to end its general household sales and focus more on specialist sales.

Its auctions feature items in a number of specific collecting areas including Asian art, furniture, ceramics, clocks and Northern Art.


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Farming family reaps reward years later as Flemish cabinet tops Wilson55 sale

19 July 2021

A sale at Wilson55 (22% buyer’s premium) in Nantwich this month was topped at £22,000 by an 18th century Flemish ebony and tortoiseshell veneered cabinet.

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Liver bird brooch made as a wartime order

28 June 2021

This liver bird brooch, hallmarked for 1943, appears to have been commissioned as a bespoke order for Margaret Hall, the daughter of a lord mayor of Liverpool who, from 1935-6, was herself the lady mayoress of the city.

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Cabinet bought from country house offered at Wilson55

21 June 2021

The July 8 Fine & Classic auction at Wilson55 in Nantwich includes this 18th century Flemish ebony and tortoiseshell veneered cabinet.

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Auction previews: issue 2471

07 December 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Hong Kong could be key surprise result for military maps

16 March 2020

Four military maps encompassing Siam (Thailand), Hong Kong, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took an unexpected £3700 at the Peter Wilson (22% buyer’s premium) Arms, Militaria, Medals & Firearms auction earlier this year.

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Release the Lock and get into Gear for Modernist art

16 March 2020

London became the training ground for many young South African artists during the inter-war years. Among them was Cape Town painter Freida Lock (1902-62) who attended Heatherley School of Art and the Central School of Art where she was introduced to the works of post-Impressionists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and Braque.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £3500 including a Harold Riley limited-edition print

16 March 2020

Three works selling at regional sales below £3500, including a print of 'Lowry Walking on Swinton Moss' by Harold Riley.

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Shelley ceramics, a Queen Anne silver bowl and a Saxon silver penny – five lots to watch at auction this week

09 March 2020

With estimates from £600-15,000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1000 including a typical Trevor Grimshaw work

02 March 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Trevor Grimshaw steam train.

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New faces at Bonhams and West Dean College – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques trade

12 December 2019

An update on recent job changes including the retirement of Edward Baldwin at Baldwin’s.

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Using your head to avoid incoming fire

28 October 2019

Red jackets and white helmets looked lovely on the parade ground but in the modern world of warfare developing at the end of the 19th century they also made fine targets for accurate long-range rifles.

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Key secures demand at Cheshire auction thanks to broad appeal

14 October 2019

“Although hailing from the north west of England and having close ties to many of the important Northern artists, Geoffrey Key (b.1941) has never really strived to be associated with this school and as such has a more universal, broader appeal and freedom to expand his painting horizon.”

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2000 including Paul Sandby sketch

30 September 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £2000, including a pen and ink wash by Paul Sandby.

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Pick of the week: Rare example of a surviving maestrophone sells at 20-times estimate in Nantwich auction

23 September 2019

Until electricity became commonplace in homes, the power source of choice for the gramophone was a spring motor that required frequent winding. One unusual solution to silent interludes at the dinner dance was to power the device by hot air.

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Novelty poop deck pops up

09 September 2019

Benefiting from the continuing fashion for late 19th century novelty mantel clocks, a gilt-brass and steel example by Guilmet made the running at Peter Wilson (22% buyer’s premium) of Nantwich.

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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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Ganymed prints boost Lowry value

20 May 2019

When it comes to buying limited-edition prints by LS Lowry (1887-1976), those produced by one publisher in particular stand out above the rest for collectors.

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Howard furniture keeps on a high at auction

11 March 2019

Never wholly out of demand since top Victorian upholsterer Howard & Sons began producing furniture from its Soho premises, these built-for-comfort sofas and armchairs continue to excel whenever offered at auction.

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Five musical options in tune at auctions in the UK and US

15 October 2018

Five auctions coming up featuring lots on a musical theme.

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Netsuke fans look further afield

12 March 2018

With Bonhams the only one of the ‘big three’ in this market, other salerooms carve out a role...

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