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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Shannon collection of jewellery comes toWoolley & Wallis auction

13 August 2018

A major collection of late 19th and early 20th century jewellery amassed by a Buckinghamshire collector over half a century will come to auction this autumn.

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Ivory: trade plays a waiting game

06 August 2018

“I would say in the short term it hasn’t put buyers off but I don’t have a crystal ball so I don’t know what the future will hold.” Auctioneer Henry Meadows’ take on the forthcoming ivory ban will be shared by many a regional auctioneer in the wake of summer sales.

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Saleroom selection: 5 lots that caught bidders’ eyes this month including a Fabergé picture frame

31 July 2018

Among the lots at auctions around the UK that brought keen bidding in July were a Fabergé picture frame, a Scottish banknote, a Modern British bronze sculpture and a Maltese lacquered wall clock. Further afield, a Korean censer drew attention in the Netherlands.

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Murphy pendant sparkles in Salisbury

23 July 2018

Chosen as the front-cover illustration to Paul Atterbury and John Benjamin’s 'The Jewellery and Silver of HG Murphy' (2005), this gemset pendant also provided Woolley & Wallis’ latest Jewellery and Watches sale with its showcase lot.

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Falcon Studio silver from HG Murphy family flies into Salisbury sale

23 July 2018

Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) is currently selling across a number of auctions a cache of items from the family of HG Murphy (1884-1939), whose Falcon Studio produced some of the finest English silver of the inter-war era.

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Picnic basket serves up luxury

23 July 2018

A coveted lot from the silver sale at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on July 17 was an Edwardian Drew’s ‘Patent and Registered’ En Route picnic basket.

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Wristwatch previews: £2001 - £5000

09 July 2018

A selection of wristwatch previews.

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HG Murphy’s masterwork

09 July 2018

Woolley & Wallis is currently selling across a number of sales a cache of items from the family of HG Murphy (1884-1939), whose Falcon Studio produced some of the finest English silver of the inter-war era.

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Mod Brit works in a league of their own

25 June 2018

Nearly 500 lots of Modern British and 20th century art went under the hammer at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury to notch up a total of £535,000 with three-quarters sold.

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Results for Kakiemon and Meiji metalwork underline stronger market for Asia’s ‘second tier’

11 June 2018

Results for Kakiemon and Meiji metalwork underline stronger market for Asia’s ‘second tier’

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The Chinese market seen in monochrome

28 May 2018

Well-provenanced Chinese monochromes dominated bidding at recent Asian art sales across the UK regions.

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Sales by the sword united

21 May 2018

A quartet of weapons with fascinating histories sold recently at regional UK auctions.

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Silver accessible at three figures

14 May 2018

Another spring sale, another impressive total. But perhaps what distinguished the silver sale held at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) was that the £750,000 total was mainly built up by affordable collectors’ items.

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Items once core to collections

14 May 2018

An essential of genteel Georgian life, silver apple corers with their simple elegance were once much prized by collectors. However, a collection of nine early 19th century examples offered at Woolley & Wallis on April 24-25 met a mixed reception, with only five getting away.

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Special taste of Battersea wine labels

14 May 2018

A speciality for collectors of silver wine labels are the enamelled examples produced in Battersea in the 18th century.

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Mythical beasts and snail in harmony in Salisbury

14 May 2018

Two fine Dutch pieces quadrupled estimates at Woolley & Wallis on April 24-25: a c.1637 wine cup by an unidentified Middelburg smith and a table bell.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

07 May 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Sterling performance for ‘Dymock’ candlesticks at auction

30 April 2018

Estimated at £10,000-15,000, a pair of James II silver candlesticks sold at £62,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at the Woolley & Wallis silver sale in Salisbury.

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Praise for inglorious SAS mission in the Falklands War

16 April 2018

A gripping story which, until recently, has remained shrouded in mystery, provides the backdrop for an intriguing test of the market for SAS medals.

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Watercolours worked up into saleroom success

02 April 2018

Given current market conditions, watercolours can often be ‘the poor relation’ when it comes to mixed category picture sales. But examples benefitting from fine condition, colouring or execution, or a combination of these key factors, can lead to a very different outcome.

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