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.


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Mr Brainwash convinces the bidders

23 January 2023

Works by Mr Brainwash (b.1966) are becoming an increasingly common sight at auction.

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Asian art: Look through a lens of Tibetan Buddhism

02 January 2023

Creative examples featured in recent UK auctions show the influence of religion and culture on the Manchu rulers of the Qing

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Hiroshige took a stand for the vertical format

02 January 2023

The Rokujuyoshu Meisho Zue (Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces) series was the last great landscape work created by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

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Single-owner sauce: vinaigrettes on offer

14 November 2022

The Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) silver department sold a private collection of over 100 vinaigrettes assembled in the 1980s.

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A king cong leads Woolley & Wallis sale

07 November 2022

The top-seller of the small Chinese offering from Exbury House was this colourful, elaborate 18th century cloisonné cong.

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Rothschild taste sensations as bidders turn out in force at Exbury House sale

07 November 2022

The unashamed opulence of interior decoration that became known as Le Goût Rothschild as it spread from 19th century France to Austria, Germany and Britain is a style that has always been admired.

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Perfume burners and famous horse set the saleroom pace

24 October 2022

Leading the sale of Fine Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on October 6 was a very fine pair of blue john and ormolu perfume burners by Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill.

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Design post-1860: Crane made Maw vase designs

03 October 2022

The Shropshire pottery, Maw & Co of Jackfield, is best known for the mass production of earthenware tiles and architectural ceramics.

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Plenty of life in Lowesoft tablets

26 September 2022

Distinctive plaques made to mark births are unique to the Suffolk town’s porcelain factory.

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Minton fungi and foxes tureen hunted down

26 September 2022

The Minton ‘fungi and foxes’ tureen is among the rarest of all majolica game pie dishes.

Lowestoft mug

Dated Lowestoft mug smokes £17,000 at auction

19 September 2022

The most desirable pieces of Lowestoft porcelain are typically the documentary pieces decorated with East Anglian scenes.

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Keeping precision time at Exbury House sale

19 September 2022

An area of specific current interest is high-quality English 19th century clocks with precision movements housed in carriage or mantel cases.

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Famous owners Tuke and Klimt enhance early 20th century items

05 September 2022

This textbook Edwardian Arts & Crafts planished silver chalice by Omar Ramsden and fellow Sheffield-born designer Alwyn Carr, pictured below, is of extra interest for its inscription.

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Vast tribal art collection offered after taking three days to remove from Victorian home

29 August 2022

The Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas sale at Woolley & Wallis on September 21 includes 270 lots from the collection of tribal and pre-Columbian art assembled by Romy Rey of Richmond, Surrey.

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Lowestoft herrings reserved for posterity

29 August 2022

The most desirable pieces of Lowestoft porcelain are typically the documentary pieces decorated with East Anglian scenes.

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Life is grand with a string of contents sales

22 August 2022

A raft of contents sales from grand English estates is coming up this autumn.

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Egyptian bronze figure of Isis offered in Salisbury auction

22 August 2022

The Woolley & Wallis sale in Salisbury on September 21 titled Arts of Africa, Oceania and he Americas includes a small section of antiquities.

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In the emperor’s service

15 August 2022

The French silver-gilt table knife and fork shown here, c.1810, is from a service made for Napoleon Bonaparte.

Lord Byron mourning ring

Pick of the week: Romantic poet Byron remembered in the form of a mourning ring

25 July 2022

He may have been considered ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ but items connected to Lord Byron (1788-1824) make for very welcome auction consignments.

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Art market: Nicholson - look on the bright side

25 July 2022

Colourful work with provenance back to artist’s sister catches the attention in Kent saleroom

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