Koryo schist cinerary chest at Woolley & Wallis

27 September 2017

This rare 17 x 2ft 8in (43 x 82cm) Korean cinerary chest dates from the Koryo period. This kingdom effectively united the Later Three Kingdoms in AD936 and ruled most of the Korean peninsula until the Koryo dynasty was removed by the founder of the Choson in 1392.


Pomander petal power at Woolley & Wallis

11 September 2017

This 19th century gold, turquoise and peridot pomander is exceptional both in terms of size and quality.


Nimrod and the price of 17 minutes of fame for the SAS

21 August 2017

Medals for service in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and long service/good conduct denote a busy 1980s career. In value terms, for a non-special forces unit, it means a price probably within £1000 at auction. But it is a single action lasting about 17 minutes from start to finish which explains why such a group on offer at Woolley & Wallis on November 22 is estimated at £20,000-30,000.


Woolley’s strengthens Asian department with Morgan move

07 August 2017

After a 23-year career at Christie’s, where he was a director and international specialist in Asian art, Jeremy Morgan has joined Woolley & Wallis.


A monumental Lancastrian and Pearson in silver

22 July 2017

Leading the sale of Arts & Crafts at the Woolley & Wallis June 21 sale was the monumental Pilkington’s Lancastrian vase shown above, standing some 48cm (19in) high.


The many faces of Burmantofts

17 July 2017

It was, said specialist Michael Jeffery, “one of, if not the finest, collections of Burmantofts put together by a private individual”.


Get ahead in the East with a tiara

03 July 2017

Tiaras have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, particularly in Russia and the Baltic States where jeans and a diamond fascinator are de rigueur at informal high-society events.


Massive faience charger leads Burmantofts bonanza

26 June 2017

A massive Burmantofts faience charger sold for £13,000 (plus 22% buyer’s premium) at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury on June 22 – the highlight of a remarkable collection of more than 700 pieces by the Leeds factory.

Burmantofts faience charger at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury

Large Burmantofts charger sells at £13,000 to match auction record for Leeds factory

22 June 2017

A massive Burmantofts faience charger has sold for £13,000 at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury – the highlight of a remarkable collection of more than 700 pieces by the Leeds factory.


Collecting market fuels record Salisbury sale

19 June 2017

Largely based on three private collections – and helped by the strength of the collectables market – the spring sale of silver and boxes was the best yet for Salisbury auction house Woolley & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium).


Mod Brit market stays robust in the regions

19 June 2017

Leading regional salerooms are reaping the rewards of the bullish Modern British art market with more robust results.

Sunbathers by Keith Vaughan

Modern British art in demand in Salisbury as Keith Vaughan’s ‘Sunbathers’ is bid to £120,000

07 June 2017

Works by Keith Vaughan, John Minton, Christopher Wood and Paul Nash drew demand at a Woolley & Wallis auction featuring a prominent collection of 20th century British art.


Bountiful Burmantofts collection emerges at Salisbury auction

05 June 2017

Earlier this year Woolley & Wallis decorative arts specialist Michael Jeffery received a call out of the blue from the family of a recently deceased collector in the south of England.


Asian art Jades: any colour as long as it’s white

05 June 2017

By definition ruyi sceptres are highly auspicious objects, favoured for their shape and ornamentation which together represent the propitious expression ‘as you wish’.


Private collections yield wide range of ceramics at Woolley & Wallis

15 May 2017

Woolley & Wallis holds one of its dedicated English and Continental ceramics auctions in Salisbury on May 23. The wide range of material on offer takes in everything from the major 18th and 19th century English porcelain factories to a group of Italian maiolica.


Pick of the Week: silver centrepiece races to Rijksmuseum

08 May 2017

This 176oz Victorian presentation silver centrepiece offered for sale at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury on April 25 has a strong Dutch connection.


Studio ceramics in starring role at auction

08 May 2017

Overshadowed by the boom in Chinese works and contemporary art they may have been, but the rise in demand for British studio ceramics has been the talk of the market these last few years.


The popular and enduring riviere Georgian style

18 April 2017

The rivière – one of the most popular and enduring styles of necklace to come out of the Georgian period – features an endless line of matched or subtly graduated gems set within inconspicuous collets. However, as Marielle Whiting at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury points out, seldom are they equals.


Show your metal

05 April 2017

Included among the objects section of many sales featuring oak and vernacular material there are often examples of early metalware.


Specialists welcome in a strong start to the picture sales scene

05 April 2017

Salisbury is latest auction house finding a sense of optimism despite some patchy areas