Channel Islands

Situated in the English Channel, the Channel Islands comprise two separate self-governing Crown dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Neither is part of the United Kingdom.


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Doll defender of Guernsey sells at 10 times estimate

30 October 2023

An intriguing painted wooden British soldier doll sold for more than 10 times the top estimate when it was offered at Guernsey auction house Martel Maides (24% buyer’s premium).

Willy Lott’s House by John Constable

John Constable sketch of Willy Lott’s House makes £200,000 in Guernsey

30 September 2023

A recently rediscovered oil sketch by John Constable (1776-1837) drew interest with eight telephone lines booked at Martel Maides (20% buyer’s premium) in St Peter Port, Guernsey on September 21.

John Constable painting

Rediscovered John Constable oil sketch emerges in Channel Islands auction

01 September 2023

A recently rediscovered oil sketch of Willy Lott’s House by John Constable (1776-1837) will be offered in the Channel Islands this month. Martel Maides Auctions expect it to sell for £80,000-120,000 on September 21.

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Watership Down in a special binding

03 April 2023

A sale held by Martel Maides (20% buyer’s premium) of Guernsey to disperse the contents two island homes included some 60 or more single and multiple lots of books, a number of which boasted special bindings.

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Langley ladies ponder a quiet life in Newlyn

05 September 2022

Pictures of old women from the fishing community of Newlyn are among the most prevalent works by Walter Langley (1852-1922).

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A market on the move

04 October 2021

Post-war and Contemporary art is increasingly boosting revenue at regional salerooms

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Thai deer points to a high value

19 April 2021

Estimated at £60-80 but sold at £11,500, this set of 14-point deer antlers provided Martel Maides (17.5% buyer’s premium) with a sensational result.

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Rowland Ward went Down Under

21 December 2020

Australian species pack into a Rowland Ward taxidermy tableau sold for £4000 in Guernsey auction.

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Pick of the week: De Morgan’s Frightened Bird flaps to £27,000

07 December 2020

This 14in (36cm) diameter ‘double lustre’ shallow dish or charger by William De Morgan (1839-1917) is decorated in the so-called ‘Frightened Bird’ pattern.

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1920: a great year for Alderney

10 August 2020

Talk about 30 years of hurt. What about 100 years?

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The best of trench art emerges at Guernsey auction

20 July 2020

First World War ‘trench art’ – objects made by soldiers, prisoners of war and interned civilians from munitions casings – does not get much better than this brass model of a Vickers machine gun.

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Pre-Raphaelite followers take the limelight

10 February 2020

Drawings by two later followers of the Pre-Raphaelites drew competition at separate regional salerooms.

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Fans coveted in Yorkshire and Guernsey

11 November 2019

The impact of institutions on the collector-dominated market in fans was witnessed when the best-seller at a dedicated Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) auction went to a museum.

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Post rarity delivers a £24,000 result

28 October 2019

Having stood at Guernsey airport from 1946-81, the island post box shown below came out of storage in 1988 for presentation to the late politician and lawyer Roger Perrot who died earlier this year.

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Aboriginal weapons saved from a skip now sell at auction

15 July 2019

Saved at the last minute from a skip, a collection of Aboriginal weapons drew worldwide interest at Martel Maides’ sale in St Peter Port, Guernsey.

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Regency furniture sets Guernsey saleroom record

15 April 2019

A fine pair of Regency dwarf bookcases in the manner of George Oakley sold for £58,000 at the Martel Maides saleroom in St Peter Port, Guernsey.

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Trade demand is encouraging at auction

10 December 2018

The Dutch animal painter Paulus Potter (1625-54) succeeded in producing about 100 paintings before he died at the tender age of 28 from tuberculosis.

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Treasure islands – Channel Islands silver on home turf

27 November 2017

The sale of a comprehensive collection of Channel Islands silver in Guernsey provides a perfect opportunity to test the market temperature...

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Michael Paint – 50 years of collecting Channel Islands silver

27 November 2017

It is possible to have too much of a good thing in a narrow collecting market – a feature amplified when the leading player has left the field.

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Sale of ‘lifetime’s passion’ as huge collection of Channel Islands silver heads to auction

02 October 2017

Martel Maides in St Peter Port, Guernsey will sell a massive collection of Channel Islands silver on October 18, writes Roland Arkell.

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