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Qing bamboo brushpot bought for £700 makes £58,000 in Dorchester auction

19 November 2015

The primary draw to the regions – rather than London – during last week’s glut of Asian works of art sales was the auction titled ‘In Pursuit of the Scholar’s Spirit’ conducted by Duke’s of Dorchester.

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Honiton saleroom evacuated as disposal squad called to deal with wartime bombs

25 August 2015

A bomb disposal team were called to Whittons Auctioneers in Honiton last week to remove several potentially dangerous wartime bombs.

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Duke’s open for business at new town centre salerooms

21 April 2015

Duke’s have moved into their new offices and saleroom in Dorchester.

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Paul Nash leads Modern British art selection at Cottees

17 April 2015

Dorset auctioneers Cottees ventured into the Modern Art market with their latest sale featuring works by the likes of Paul Nash, Fred Yates and Lawrence Durrell.

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Striking Russian gold in Dorset

25 March 2015

Two large 18th century gold medals depicting events from the reign of Catherine the Great sold for spectacular sums at Duke’s latest auction in Dorchester.

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More Dambusters relics on offer in Dorset

16 January 2015

Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse have been instructed to sell the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) pair awarded to a member of 617 Squadron, more commonly known as The Dambusters.

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Chinese Republic panels bring £140,000 in Sherborne

24 December 2014

Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse are on a roll with Republican period (1911-49) porcelain.

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Fine feathers for faithful Lady Franklin

27 November 2014

Lady Jane Franklin (1791-1875) gained worldwide admiration for her efforts to trace her husband’s disappearance on his fatal 1845 voyage seeking the North West Passage.

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Maori artefacts top regional tribal gathering

11 July 2014

Maori boat-shaped feather boxes – or ‘waka huia’ – are infrequent visitors to UK salerooms so it was unusual to see two examples sold in close proximity this summer.

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Porcelain plaques found in bungalow make £420,000 in Dorset

25 February 2014

Estimated at just £200-300, a set of four early 20th century Chinese famille rose porcelain plaques depicting the four seasons in mountainous settings were bought by a phone bidder from Shanghai for £420,000 at Charterhouse of Sherborne in Dorset.

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Car boot bargain – limited edition glass shell expected to make over £1000

23 January 2014

Duke’s of Dorchester will offer this 9in (23cm) shell made by Lino Tagliapietra (b.1934), a master glass blower in Murano, at auction next month.

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Duke’s plan for new town centre rooms

08 January 2014

Dorchester auctioneers Duke’s have unveiled plans for a new saleroom in the heart of the county town.

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The £190,000 Victorian diamond necklace

23 December 2013

A Victorian diamond rivière necklace sold to an anonymous bidder for £190,000 at Duke’s of Dorchester earlier this month.

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Poppy from 1916 is poignant survivor

19 December 2013

Picked from a trench in 1916, a poppy which is thought to be the only surviving example from the First World War sold for £5200 at Duke’s of Dorchester earlier this month.

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War sculpture takes £46,000 at Duke’s

10 October 2013

This small sculpture conveying the raw horror of the First World War attracted serious competition at Duke’s of Dorchester.

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The £11,500 amber beads

09 May 2013

Pearls and coloured stones remain strong – but, fuelled by interest from China (and, to a lesser, extent, the Middle East), so does amber.

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Renaissance dish charges to £460,000

14 February 2013

Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse posted a new house record today when this 16.5in (42cm) maiolica istoriato charger sold for £460,000.

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Haida totem pole in Dorset

08 February 2013

A 19th/early 20th century totem pole brightly painted and carved with a beaver, a bear, a whale and a surmounted eagle with outspread wings is to go under the hammer at Duke’s of Dorchester in Dorset on February 14.

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The hand of Lely in Dorchester

22 October 2012

This 2ft 5in x 2ft ½in (75 x 62cm) bust length portrait drew the attention of a number of bidders with a particular interest in historical pictures when it appeared at auction in Dorchester.

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Rediscovered sarcophagus takes £80,000 at Duke’s

08 October 2012

An exceptional find – a Roman white marble sarcophagus found in a Dorset garden – turned out to be something more of a rediscovery for Duke’s of Dorchester.