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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Bids pour in for Asian art as £800,000 teapot and Kangxi rediscovery highlight latest sales series

18 November 2019

A Qianlong teapot which made £800,000 in Dorchester provided the stellar result among some exceptional Asian art lots offered for sale in the UK regions and Ireland last week.

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A little box of Sunshine

16 November 2019

For more than 25 years a regular contributor to BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, John Benjamin recalls his early days in the trade – while reviewing a recent jewellery auction. Additional reporting by Roland Arkell.

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A very Victorian scandal

11 November 2019

This early-Victorian bracelet comprising eight portrait miniatures and four unusual eye miniatures set in gold is inscribed on the back with a series of identifying names, including that of Josias Nottidge, the children’s father, and his wife Emily. It tells the story of a Victorian scandal.

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Spotlight on the design process

04 November 2019

Ceramics, furniture, glass and figure highlights from a range of sales under same banner.

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Two more Martin Brothers collections offered at Woolley & Wallis

04 November 2019

A large selection of around 250 lots of Martin Brothers wares will be offered in the next British Art Pottery sale at Woolley & Wallis on November 27.

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Broadened horizons in medal collecting

28 October 2019

While some medal collectors stick rigidly to a narrow period or theme, others take a wider view. A broad taste is evident from a large group on offer in Salisbury.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a 6ft King Kong figure, an antique roulette wheel and a Scottish colourist painting

14 October 2019

With estimates from £200-35,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Fine examples of Mughal craftsmanship appear at auction

14 October 2019

Made in Gujarat or Sindh in the 18th century, a sandalwood table cabinet profusely inlaid with ivory flowers and tendrils throughout was a fine example of Mughal craftsmanship and led the way at a recent sale at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Warner collection sale: English items assembled over nearly four decades produce suitable results

14 October 2019

Market freshness, provenance and attractive estimates were the features that held sway to ensure a high selling rate for a single-owner collection of British delftwares offered at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium).

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Soaked and shabby world map revealed to be by John Speed makes more than five times high estimate

09 October 2019

A 17th century map by John Speed (1552-1629) sold at a Woolley & Wallis auction last week after being dumped in a wet, broken frame at a London charity shop.

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Pick of the week: Polynesian war club is a big hit in Salisbury

30 September 2019

A tribal war club from the Marquesas Islands with textbook provenance has sold for £71,000 at Woolley & Wallis. The u’u (head club) came for sale at the Salisbury saleroom from the descendants of an early-19th century missionary.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including cult Contemporary art, a William IV needlework sampler and a RAF clock

30 September 2019

With estimates from £150-1500, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Preview: Ancient and Neoclassical gems from Salisbury sale

30 September 2019

The jewellery sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on October 30 includes over 60 engraved gems – both ancient and Neoclassical – from several single-owner collections. A selection of rings is pictured here:

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Courageous bids on a pale ale horse painting at Woolley & Wallis

16 September 2019

Reinagle’s equine portrait painted in Reading brewery brings £15,000 at Salisbury sale

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The Warner collection of delftware

02 September 2019

Market freshness and well-regarded primary and secondary provenances distinguish the 250-300 pieces of early English delftware to be offered for sale by Woolley & Wallis in a stand-alone auction in Salisbury on September 17.

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Paul Viney: The lessons I’ve learned

02 September 2019

Woolley & Wallis chairman Paul Viney is stepping down from the role after nearly 20 years building up the firm to be a regional powerhouse in UK auctions. Here he reflects on his experiences.

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Ancient art from estate of prominent dealer Ingrid McAlpine to be sold in Salisbury

26 August 2019

The Tribal Art and Antiquities sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on September 18-19 includes property from the estate of Ingrid McAlpine (1939-2018), one of London’s most prominent antiquities dealers.

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New chairman for auction house Woolley & Wallis as Paul Viney steps down after 20 years at the top

20 August 2019

Paul Viney, chairman of Woolley & Wallis and a 25-year veteran at the Salisbury saleroom, is handing over the role to colleague John Axford.

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Plenty of quality from BADA member of 46 years

12 August 2019

The personal enthusiasm of John Braund of Turpin’s Antiques, who died in January aged 90, was early oak and associated metalware.

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