Fine Art Sale

Why Choose David Lay’s

Our Fine Art sales are renowned for being expertly catalogued, beautifully presented and terribly exciting.   They encompass a large range of paintings, prints, sculpture and other related items such as artist’s jewellery, ceramics and books.  We have specialist expertise in Cornish and West Country works but are equally comfortable with works from around the world. Our current Fine Art record is an oil painting by the Indian artist Ram Kumar which we sold for £175,000. 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, such as a collection of amazing WWII propaganda posters late in 2014, which were widely reproduced in the national media and fetched £20,000. Contact our office for more details, or send an email to for a free valuation.


Giving your paintings a global audience…

Our Fine Art sales 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 paintings, prints or sculpture you would like to sell.


Some recent favourites

The portrait (above left) is the most striking work from a small collection of paintings by the Newlyn school artist Dod Proctor that we were recently consigned. ‘Shan Warrior’ was painted in Burma in 1920 whilst Dod and her husband Ernest were travelling through the country on an extensive trip.  It sold for £17,000. The charming view of a timeless corner in Newlyn (left) was painted a year earlier by Ernest Proctor. It proved extremely popular with our clients and after some competitive bidding, sold for £11,000. ‘The Moroccan Bride’ above is a rather powerful and beautiful work. It was unsigned but David Lay identified it as by another popular Newlyn school favourite, Alethea Garstin. It sold for £8,000.