Thursday 22nd March, 2018
One of the UK's principal Fine Art Auctioneers, with General Sales, 
Fine Art Sales, Collectors Sales and Sporting Sales


Our offices will be closed on Good Friday 30th March and also on Easter Monday 2nd April.  Please note, there will be no General Sale on Wednesday 4th April.



A remarkable watercolour by the renowned designer Charles Voysey is to be sold.

The watercolour is called the ‘The River Rug’ and is a design for a rug which Voysey designed and which was produced at Wilton in 1903. This rug is now in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The watercolour depicts a rural river landscape with a variety of figures and houses, farms, fields and various boats on the river. The backboard of the picture has a variety of labels with information about the picture, including an exhibition label. The drawing measures 52cms by 25cms.

This picture was given to George Nelson Haden, Chairman of Haden & Sons (Hadens of Trowbridge). Haden was a friend of Voysey and also worked alongside him on various projects. He was given this watercolour as a gift and it has passed by descent through his family until now.

Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “Original designs by Voysey appear very rarely in auction and we expect a huge amount of interest from collectors, especially as The River Rug is such a distinctive and acclaimed work by him.”

The drawing will be included in our April Fine Art Sale on Thursday 12th April and it is estimated to make £3000-5000.

Arrival of New Valuer....

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new valuer to our impressive team, Matthew Denney, having spent the previous sixteen years working as Senior Valuer for Dukes of Dorchester. Prior to this Matthew was a Senior Lecturer at Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University) where he was course leader for the Fine Arts Valuation Degrees, much missed course which helped many aspiring auctioneers and dealers find a route into the antiques business.
Matthew is a highly experienced general valuer who brings experience and professionalism to his work producing written valuations for probate, insurance and other purposes. Matthew is an enthusiastic auctioneer and has played an important part in achieving high prices for clients across the West Country and further afield. As happy dealing with individual items for private clients as dealing with large estates, and on one occasion an entire museum contents, Matthew is a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors qualified valuer.
With specialisms in the English Arts and Crafts Movement, for which he was awarded a PhD, and twentieth century design Matthew has published and lectured widely to many different groups and societies. An enduring love of the fine and decorative arts allied to a professional approach to client relations makes Matthew an important part of the team in Crewkerne.
Matthew has lived in Dorset for many years, currently in Lyme Regis. Once a keen triathlete he now cycles regularly and runs only occasionally. An enthusiastic motorcycle tourist and a lover of contemporary art of all varieties Matthew is a regular theatre and gallery goer.


Another fine collection is to be sold, inherited by a family in South Somerset and includes a wide variety of early and modern Moorcroft. Highlights include a large Carp Vase designed by Sally Tuffin, Estimate: £1500-2000 (see image), a Moonlit Blue Vase, a Claremont Bowl made for Liberty & Co, a pair of Moonlit Blue Candlesticks and a wide variety of other vintage and modern Moorcroft items.

The collection will be divided into 26 lots and will be included in Lawrences April Fine Art Sale on Thursday 12th of April.