Antiques Sale

Why Choose David Lay

Since 1979 our exciting Antiques sales have become established as a successful way of selling your valuables. The sales encompass a  range of antiques, including jewellery, ceramics, furniture, oriental art and silver.  We have the expertise to carry out meticulous and scholarly research when required and to consolidate that research, we routinely advertise across the county, but also work closely with the national press when items of particular interest are brought to us for sale. Our sale of an important Ancient Egyptian cat in 2015 for £52,000 or a rare Chinese vase that sold for £60,000 in 2016 are particularly good examples of this. Contact our office for more details, or send an email to for a free valuation.

Past Successes

Every now and again, something really special comes up.  In this case, our ‘something really special’ was an unassuming looking Ancient Egyptian bronze cat’s head, discovered in a little old house near Penzance.  It’s a majestic thing, greened with age, but you can still just about make out the patterned engraving to the neck, its lightly modelled whiskers and the lines around its big, wise eyes.  During a clear-out, owners were tempted to throw it in the skip, but David rescued it, and in our February Antiques Sale, it eventually sold for £52,000.

Giving your antiques a global audience…

Our Antiques auctions take place four times a year. Please check our auction calendar for dates.  Each sale is expertly catalogued and photographed by one of our specialists. Our online catalogues reach an international audience via sophisticated global bidding technology. We also produce a glossy catalogue for our clients. The online catalogue is available to view on approximately 10 days before the sale. Please contact our offices if you have jewellery, ceramics, furniture, oriental art, silver or any other antiques you would like to sell.