Woolley & Wallis

Salisbury-based auction house Woolley & Wallis is a leading UK provincial saleroom.

Founded in 1884, they now hold regular specialist sales in areas from Asian Art and Tribal Art to 20th Century Design, Jewellery, European Ceramics, Arms & Armour and Fine Art.

In 2016, they opened a London office in Mayfair.


Sir William Nicholson still-life

Nicholson still-life goes to dealer Richard Green

06 June 2022

London dealer Richard Green was the successful bidder on a Sir William Nicholson (1872- 1949) still-life sold for £440,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Portrait copies of English kings and queens can be valuable at auction in their own right

30 May 2022

Copies of royal portraits from across the centuries are something that always seems to catch the eye when you flick through (or scroll through) the reams of pictures listed in auction catalogues.

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Holbein’s Henry in a hat covered afresh

30 May 2022

Arguably the most famous portraits of an English king are Hans Holbein the Younger’s (c.1497-1543) depictions of Henry VIII.

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'Kitchen' vase flies to £1.2m at Dreweatts and leads UK Asian art sales

23 May 2022

A £1.2m house record at Dreweatts was the highlight of the recent round of UK Asian art sales.

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‘Am I not a Man…’ relic is a rarity in glass form

23 May 2022

The medallion of a kneeling slave asking the rhetorical question 'Am I Not A Man And A Brother?' was first made in 1787 on the founding of the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

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New appointments and premises across the world of art and antiques

10 May 2022

New faces at Woolley & Wallis, Runjeet Singh and Freeman’s are among the latest Movers & Shakers.

Navigational chart

Pick of the week: Taking note of current affairs

09 May 2022

Among the most extraordinary of all navigational charts are the lattice ‘stick maps’ used by Marshall Islanders.

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Woolley & Wallis internship aims to plug training gap

09 May 2022

Woolley & Wallis has launched an internship scheme to help train the next generation of art and antiques specialists.

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European art – Make a continental connection

09 May 2022

Focus on 19th century works by continental European artists sold recently

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Meiji naturalism on show at Woolley & Wallis

02 May 2022

The sale of Japanese works of art at Woolley & Wallis on the morning of May 17 is led by this 8in (20cm) high silvered bronze okimono of a cockatoo.

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Dragon bowl from collection of Admiral Robert Coote emerges

02 May 2022

This Jiajing (1525-66) mark and period wucai dragon bowl will be offered for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on May 17.

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Pick of the week: Poniatowski fakes gained real appeal

18 April 2022

The story of the Poniatowski gems provided one of the great art scandals of its day.

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The Sassoon family in photographs

18 April 2022

The Modern British Art sale at Woolley & Wallis on May 31 offers family photographs that come by descent from the war poet Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967).

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Cross-culture objects becoming increasing fashionable

18 April 2022

China trade wares attract significant bidding at Dreweatts

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New viewing space in Old Sarum for Woolley & Wallis

18 April 2022

Visitors to the Furniture, Works of Art and Clocks sale at Woolley & Wallis on March 31 were the first in the auction house’s new viewing gallery at the Castle Gate premises.

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Pick of the week: Primary reasons for appeal of Omega Workshop pots

28 March 2022

Ceramics by the Omega Workshops rose to unprecedented heights on March 17. The Design sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury included a small collection of pottery by Roger Fry that came for sale from the former Fulham Road dealer Andrew Harriss.

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Devlin musical box back at auction

28 March 2022

This parcel gilt musical box decorated with a frieze of figures is by Stuart Devlin (London 1975).

Rachael Osborn-Howard
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98 ways to restore Poniatowski’s reputation

07 March 2022

The jewellery department at Woolley & Wallis has built up something of a reputation for selling cameos and intaglios.

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If we’re not burning coal any more, what about furniture use?

07 February 2022

Among the more unusual recent lots at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was an early Victorian table carved from parrot coal.

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