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IMG_0588.jpg Mark Huddleston has joined the team of experienced antiques Valuers at Clevedon Salerooms in North Somerset. Having previously been a Head of Department at Bonhams in Chester and at Fellows Auctioneers of Birmingham, Mark brings over twenty years’ experience to the firm. With a breadth of knowledge ranging from clocks and works of art to furniture and ceramics, he also undertakes valuations for Probate and Insurance. Mark has overseen two specialist dispersals of Blue John in the past three years, as well as handling several high-value clock collections.

Mark said “I am delighted to join a friendly team with a strong ‘antiques’ ethos. The reputation of this saleroom within the area is unparalleled, and I look forward to contributing to their continued success.”

September Specialist sale a roaring success

Lynn Chadwick


Antique marble Bust


Chinese vase


Rolex  Explorer Ref: 5500


Heuer Autavia


It may only measure 21cm long in length but the Lynn Russell Chadwick (1914-2003) bronze titled ‘Lion II’ was almost the king of the sale, eclipsed only by a Heuer wristwatch.  The impeccable provenance of the bronze lion – a gift from the artist, ensured plenty of bids, the successful purchaser taming the beast by parting with £8,900.  Results for wrist watches  proved why this sector remains one of the most buoyant in the auction market.  A Rolex Explorer achieved £6,200 whilst a  Heuer Autavia  found a new owner at £9,300.  

 Bidders feel the heat at June 2018 Specialist Sale 


Chinese Transitional
Period Vase

19th Century marble

Venus Aphrodite


Portrait Mary of


C.F.A. Voysey

blue print picture letter


Zsolnay Art Nouveau
pottery vase

The June sale produced surprise after surprise as bidders consistently refused to concede defeat,  with the result that many Vendors were left celebrating in their good fortune!   

A marble torso of Venus Aphrodite discovered by Marc Burridge half buried in a garden during a valuation realised £5,400.  A Chinese blue and white transitional period vase achieved £11,400 whilst a circular dining table discovered in a house being used as a kitchen table realised £3,700.   A diamond clip consigned from the Wells Valuation Day achieved £6,200.   

Clevedon Salerooms are already accepting entries for their Specialist Sale on the 6th September.  For a free auction estimate why not attend a free valuation day or alternatively email images to 

November Specialist Sale delivers Eastern Promise

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£5,950 £3,100 £8,650  £3,450

The November 2017 Specialist Sale delivered some fine results reinforcing the global reach of Clevedon Salerooms.  The simplified forms and bold colours of the Indian artist Jamini Roy (1887 – 1972) headed the picture section with a telephone bidder from Delhi just losing out to a London based buyer who parted with £8,650 for the 52cm x 60 cm Gouache.  An 18th Century Chinese altar table saw all the telephone lines booked with bidders from China and UK.  Once again, a UK bidder made the largest sacrifice,  successful at £5,950.  The Mandarin Robe provided a burst of colour in  and the fine craftsmanship was clearly evident.  Bidding was brisk  so was the bidder from the UK or China?  The answer is of course, Ontario, Canada. 

The reach of the internet’s tentacles never fails to surprise.  If you would like Clevedon Salerooms to offer your antiques,  works of art & jewellery to a global market to secure the highest price, why not attend a free valuation day or email images to


14th September Quarterly Specialist Sale Review

Wolfe family portrait a howling success.

£3,450 £9,900 £8,680  £2,700

Clevedon Salerooms September Specialist Sale resulted in some very happy vendors as expectations were exceeded on many lots.   The portrait of the Wolfe family, of Forenaughts House, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland required additional research leading the Salerooms consultant fine art specialist Sheena Stoddard to discuss the work with the National Gallery in Dublin.  Although unsigned, the consensus was that the painting was the work of Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) and the 91cm x 112cm picture found a private collector at £9,900.  

The Rolex Explorer Oyster perpetual Certified Chronometer ref.1610  further cemented Clevedon Salerooms reputation for achieving strong prices for vintage wristwatches with the new owner parting with £8,680 to secure the watch. The next Quarterly Specialist Sale will be held on Thursday 16th November. 

Serpent Ewer charms bidders - September 2016

£5,550 £2,350 £11,750 £8,650 £6,200

The September Quarterly Specialist Sale was a great success with many items exceeding expectations.  The rare Zsolnay pottery Serpent ewer standing just 29cm high saw four Hungarian based telephone bidders all compete to bring the piece back home;  even the crack across its base failing to deter the winning bidder parting with £11,750 to tame the creature.   

An early Victorian Muff chain sold for £5,200, a figure valuing it at more than five times one would have received for its  weight, reason enough to attend one of our free jewellery valuation days.  The diamond ring with central stone weighing approximately 3 carats was bound for Switzerland, the new owner parting with £6,200 for the privilege.  An unusual Indian colonial silver table centre formed as an elephant by Oomersee Mawjee & Sons of Kutch standing 35cm high found a new bidder willing to part with £5,550.

For a Free Valuation contact the Salerooms or attend a Free Valuation Day.

King of Sweden takes the reins at Clevedon - June 2016

£2,600 £2,250 £7,400 £3,100 £1,450

The June Quarterly Specialist Sale had a decidedly Regal air in the form of this fine Continental parcel-gilt silver figure of King Gustavus Adolphus II of Sweden who reigned from  1611-1632.  Gustavus ascended to the throne aged 17 and in a short space of time earned the moniker ‘The Lion of the North’.   Standing 41cm high and weighing 87oz the successful bidder parted with £7,400 for the honour of a permanent audience with his Majesty. 

The gold coin section proved popular and already a large consignment of gold coins is currently undergoing cataloguing for the September Specialist Sale.  A rare children’s miniature book set published circa 1805 by John Marshall ‘The Infants Cabinet of the Cries of London’ measuring 9cm x 6cm was purchased for £2,250.  A modern design classic, the rosewood and chrome desk by Robert Heritage for Archie Shine, found a new home at £1,450. 


Bidders in a stew over Majolica game dish - Nov 2015

£10,900 £17,350 £6,400 £8,900 £1,500

The November 2015 Specialist Sale achieved some very strong results lead by a Victorian Majolica Game dish by James Roth that attracted bidders from around the globe.  Spotted during a valuation in Weston Super Mare the 40cm wide dish was secured for a mouth watering £17,360.   

The equally rare late 19th Century Symphonion disc playing music box formed as a terracotta figure of Falstaff sat astride a barrel standing 115cm tall found a new home for £10,900. 

A Damien Hirst original Spin Butterfly acrylic painting  had a personal inscription from the artist to the vendor and fluttered to £8,900 before being trapped by a bidder in a room eager to add it to their collection.   

A fine George III mahogany serving table of particularly petite proportions demonstrated that there remains demand for the finest pieces of furniture with £1,600 required to secure it. 

Clevedon Salerooms next Quarterly Specialist sale will be held on Thursday 10th March.

Bidders accelerate on Amber 

£3,450 £11,000 £12,400 £11,000 £7,000

The March 2015 Specialist Sale saw the demand for the finest Oriental items continue apace.  The reverse painted mirror measuring just 28cm x 22cm (pictured above)attributed to Spoilum, the 18th Century Chinese painter created  much interest and the demand for amber beads left onlookers open mouthed as the two necklace above sold at a price, pound for pound roughly double that of 18ct gold.  The Black forest Carved bear stick stand was purchased in 1910 by a couple on their honeymoon in Switzerland.  The bear travelled back with them on the train reinforcing the adage ‘two’s company....’ 

We are already accepting entries for the 4th June Specialist Sale. 

NEWS!  Flog It! was with us for the 14th May sale and was filming throughout the day.  Our on-line sale catalogue has images of all the 'Flog It!' lots and the sale prices achieved.... 



 Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson   1883 – 1918

12th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment

Clevedon Salerooms June Specialist Sale included an important First World War Military Cross medal group awarded to Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson of the 12th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.  Prior to the war Simpson played football for Sheffield Wednesday and notably scored a hat-trick against Manchester United.

This historically important collection included some ninety letters and photographs sent by Captain Simpson to his Brother from the front.   Described as the most popular man in the regiment, Simpson played a leading part in the attack on the Cordona Trench, as the London Gazette reported; ‘He was the first man into the enemy trench and was involved in hand-to-hand combat with the defenders’.  Wounded in 1917, Simpson soon returned to the front, despite the option to stay in England in a training role.  On the 13th April 1918 Simpson was shot by snipers.  He is buried in the village cemetery at Outtersteene, West of Lille.

 Prior to the sale Clevedon Salerooms contacted the Sheffield Museum service and the York’s & Lancaster Regimental Museum.  The lot attracted much interest and sold for £6,950 to a private buyer, bidding with the express intention of securing it for the Regimental Museum.  

A few highlights from the June 2014 Specialist Sale.

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Sold for: £6,900 Sold for: £16,000 Sold for: £13,600 Sold for: £16,000 Sold for: £26,000

Clevedon Salerooms June Specialist Sale saw many pre-sale estimates exceeded and also a marked increase in the number of on-line bidders who would rather participate from the comfort of their home, their office or  frankly wherever they can connect to the internet. 

The Chinese Market has become more selective of late but the price for this pair of demi-lune tables left the London Specialist trade open-mouthed as they could not compete with the determined and ultimately successful Hong Kong bidder.  The Vendor was certainly pleased, since the visit to the property in Weston-super-Mare was on the basis of ‘take anything you think you might be able to sell at auction’.  If you have items that you may be thinking of selling why not email us an image, attend one of our fortnightly free valuation days  or contact the Salerooms to speak to a Valuer. 

 David Hockney makes a splash at Clevedon Salerooms

Clevedon Salerooms November Specialist Sale included a copy of David Hockney’s ‘Paper Pools’ book.  The book,  and with it the accompanying A4 sized signed lithograph was discovered by Mark Fraser, Clevedon Salerooms Senior Valuer, during a house call in Shirehampton. 

Produced as a limited edition book running to 1000 copies, it was printed in 1980 and cost £100 new.  David Hockney’s star now shines considerably brighter these days and the saleroom held its collective breath as  two bidders went ever deeper in to their reserves, the successful purchaser coming up for air having secured the lot for £7,950.


 David Hockney ‘ Paper Pools’ Limited book and lithograph  Sold at Clevedon Salerooms for £7,950.  

Vendor delighted with telephone bidding

 The Vendor of a collection of historic telephones and equipment , formerly in the Guernsey Telephone Museum was delighted with the result  that her Edison  MKII wall mounted telephone achieved. 

A very rare piece in good condition will always attract interest and collectors opted for live internet bidding as the modern option, the successful purchaser paying £7,950 for their new phone. 

 Sir James Galway hits the right note! 

Clevedon Salerooms - Beryl Cook's Applause

Painted by Beryl Cook (1926 - 2008) famous for her paintings of larger than life figures, this oil on panel entitled 'Applause' depicts Sir James Galway receiving exactly that during a concert in Plymouth.


The painting was consigned by a Vendor based in the North West of England who had followed our unparalleled success with the sale of original works by Beryl Cook. 


Estimated at £12,000 - £18,000 the picture exceeded all expectations with the successful buyer bidding to the tune of £30,400 for the right to take Sir James Galway home!

Fine jewellery & watches sparkle Specialist Sale 


£3,400 £19,600 £4,900 £7,600 £4,600

Clevedon Salerooms held a highly successful jewellery & watch valuation day at the Salerooms in the autumn with many attendees choosing to enter jewellery and watches in our November Specialist Sale.  If you have jewellery or watches that you may be thinking of selling and would like a free valuation for sale purposes please attend one of our regular FREE VALUATION DAYS held at the Salerooms or for more information please contact the Salerooms on 01934 830111 

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BBC's Flog It! have a corking day at Clevedon Salerooms 

 Earlier this year the BBC's Flog It team held a valuation day in Bath which saw long queues of hopefuls waiting to have their antiques valued with a view to selling them at Clevedon Salerooms on the 8th March.   

A packed saleroom and warm sunshine greeted bidders on the morning of the sale and it was not long before some of the Flog It lots created a stir.


A 19th Century Chinese lacquered rectangular games box having gilded foliate decoration containing mother of pearl gaming counters had been valued by the Flog It valuers in Bath at £120 - £150. With telephone bidders lined up it was clear that the estimate would be eclipsed, but a Chinese bidder, alerted to the box through the internet refused to be outbid and paid £4,400 to secure the 26cm x 30cm box!   A similar box estimated at £250 - £350 belonging to the same owner sold to the same buyer for £3,000.


If the owner of those two games boxes needed a drink after that result another Flog It vendor was on hand with a 19th Century Thomason corkscrew.  Estimated at £60 - £80 by the Flog it valuers, the vendor looked somewhat unsteady whilst interviewed by Flog It presenter Paul Martin precisely at the moment a successful bidder paid a corking £1,200 for their corkscrew!


Perhaps the most unusual Flog it lot of the day was a 19th Century rhinoceros horn walking cane having an embossed silver handle.  In order to sell this items the Salerooms had to gain pre-sale approval from DEFRA and once granted the 82cm long piece could be legitimately sold within the UK.  Estimated in the low hundreds but with the estimate revised prior to sale the cane was purchased for £1,950.


So successful a day was it for Flog It that the footage from the Salerooms will be used to make four episodes and is due to aired in the autumn.


Clevedon Salerooms are currently inviting entries for their next Quarterly Specialist Sale of Antiques, Fine Art, Collectors Items & Jewellery to be held on the 31st May.

Sold for: £4,400

Sold For:  £1,950

Sold For £1,200

Packing a Punch!

 Clevedon Salerooms break Auction House record   

Clevedon Salerooms recent Specialist Sale on the 24th November  2011 was the most successful sale in the long history of the firm.  The previous record established in 2006  included the sale of a Regency drum table that sold for £235,000.  Whilst in this recent sale there was no single lot eclipsing all others ,  the new record was testament to the breadth and quality of items offered at this Quarterly Sale. 


Marc Burridge, Managing Partner at Clevedon Salerooms commented on the new record stating 'We have recently taken on new staff and also a Fine Art Consultant in Sheena Stoddard, Former Curator at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and this result is confirmation of our standing in the West Country and in particular the Bristol area.  It is important for vendors to have confidence in an auction houses ability to achieve the best possible price while at the same time offering the highest level of service.


In a sale with numerous highlights a massive Victorian Punch bowl weighing 250 ounces sold to a London buyer for £19,600 and a  Beryl Cook oil on panel entitled 'Brian Entertains' sold for £24,500.  In an exceptional jewellery section a two stone diamond crossover ring weighing 8 carats sold for £30,700  while a 1930's period 18 carat gold cased repeating Chronograph top wind lever pocket watch sold to a collector for £4,600.  The Oriental section saw many Chinese bidders on-line keen to secure some choice lots including a carved bamboo parfumier at £10,800 and a Chinese porcelain vase selling for £15,900.


 Please look under Forthcoming Lots for images of some of the items on our forthcoming Quarterly Fine Arts Sale

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