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.


Korean military uniform

Korean uniform flies 100 times above estimate at Woolley & Wallis’ Asian sale

24 November 2016

The latest Asian art sale at Woolley & Wallis generated a total of £3.6m and posted some of the strongest prices at auction in the UK regions this year.

Chinese imperial doucai jar

UK regional salerooms share spoils in strong series of Asian art auctions

17 November 2016

The UK’s regional salerooms turned up a series of six-figure objects during the first of two weeks of designated Asian art sales.

Chinese imperial enamel vase

'Car boot' Chinese vase sells for £50,000 at Salisbury auction

15 November 2016

A rare Chinese imperial enamel vase bought for £10 at a car boot sale has been hammered down for £50,000 at Woolley & Wallis’ Asian sale today. It sold on the phone to a Chinese buyer.

Woolley Wallis card case Alfred Taylor of Birmingham

New auction highs for ‘castle-top’ card cases at Salisbury saleroom

03 November 2016

Smashing an auction record is one thing – doing it several times in the same sale is another.

Chinese vase

A £10 car boot sale Chinese vase find gets a £30,000 estimate for auction

18 October 2016

A rare Chinese Imperial Beijing enamel vase bought for £10 at a car boot sale is to go to auction in Salisbury next month carrying a £20,000-30,000 estimate.

Mahogany commode at Woolley and Wallis

Going, Going, Gomm: mahogany commode bid to £28,000

14 October 2016

This early George III mahogany serpentine dressing commode with distinctive carved decoration forms part of a group thought to have been made by the London cabinet-maker William Gomm (c.1698-1780).

 John Axford of Woolley & Wallis

Woolley & Wallis open London office in Mayfair

30 August 2016

Salisbury auction house Woolley & Wallis are opening a Mayfair office.

COMMENT: As the clock ticks on ivory antiques, there are three things the industry must do

26 July 2016

As world legislators clamp down on the modern ivory trade, an ATG round table reveals the antique variety has a serious image problem to tackle

Sidney Barnsley coffer

Sidney Barnsley furniture from maker’s family sells for over £30,000 at Salisbury auction

05 July 2016

Five pieces of furniture consigned from direct descendants of architect and craftsman Sidney Barnsley (1865-1926) drew bidders’ attention at Woolley & Wallis’ latest Arts and Crafts sale in Salisbury.

Ivory protesters target Salisbury sale after Facebook campaign

23 May 2016

A dozen protesters dressed as elephants gathered outside Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury last week to demonstrate against the sale of ivory at the firm’s Asian art sale.

New head of the militaria department at Woolley & Wallis auctioneers

New arms and militaria department launched at Woolley & Wallis

18 May 2016

Salisbury-based auctioneers Woolley & Wallis have launched a new department and welcome Ned Cowell as their head of Arms & Armour, Medals & Coins and Militaria

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Grand Tour vase travels over to Salisbury

15 January 2016

Despite some obvious condition issues – including the absence of a handle and a significant portion of the pedestal base – this late 18th century Italian white marble model of the Warwick Vase sold for £14,000 at Woolley & Wallis’ latest sale.

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Totals dip across top provincial salerooms

13 January 2016

Despite some welcome exceptions, 2015 proved a unspectacular year for Britain and Ireland’s regional fine art auctioneers with one in three salerooms experiencing a fall in sales.

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Eighteenth century Chinese bowl shines as £340,000 highlight in Salisbury

27 May 2015

The highlight of the latest Woolley & Wallis sale of Asian art held in Salisbury was this 4in (10cm) Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period doucai lingzhi bowl.

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Salisbury’s £47,000 record for Rie

18 December 2014

The stock of the Austrian-born British studio potter Lucie Rie (1902-95) continues to rise in the saleroom.

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Tudor and Stuart history told through 600 medals

28 August 2014

The Christopher Foley collection of British commemorative medals will be sold at Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis on October 16. The sale is the most comprehensive of its type seen for a century or more.

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Della Robbia pottery sees revival in London and the regions

15 August 2014

There are signs that last year’s publication of ‘The Della Robbia Pottery’ by Peter Hyland has given a lift to the market for the distinctive wares produced in Birkenhead by Harold Rathbone and Conrad Dressler between 1894-1906.

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Martin Brothers bird flies to record £75,000

20 June 2014

Knocking others off their perch, Salisbury’s Woolley & Wallis improved upon their own auction record for Martin Brothers with the £75,000 sale of this bird jar to Gloucestershire British art pottery dealers AD Antiques.

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Munnings hunting scene is hotly pursued in Salisbury

16 June 2014

When it comes to 20th century sporting pictures, there is no bigger name than Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959). Earlier this month, a sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury sale saw the consignment of certainly one of the more notable works by the Mendham, Suffolk-born artist to have appeared in the regions over recent times.

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