How it Works

View Our Catalogue



You can buy a paper copy of any of our catalogues from the auction house, or for an extra pound postage, have them send directly to your address before every sale.  You can also view the catalogue, including images for each lot in our specialist sales, via or for our Household & General sales view the catalogue on our website.




Request a Condition Report




Once you have selected the lots you would like to bid on in any of our specialist sales, we recommend that you request a condition report, or satisfy yourself as to the integrity of the lot.  A report will be compiled by one of our experts, and should be used as a guide.  Condition reports consist of our opinion of the lot, and we will not accept responsibility for imprecise/incorrect information given.

Register to Bid



You can register to bid by dropping into the saleroom or ringing our office on 01736 361414.  If you have not bid with us before, we may choose to take card details at the time of registration, and occasionally a deposit for higher value lots. For specialist online sales, you can register via email or for online bidding register directly with







Our Buyers Premium is 18%. VAT is charged on this commission.

Some artworks qualify for Artist’s Resale Rights.

This is a fee that we are legally compelled to collect from the purchaser. 

Click here for further information.





There are a number of ways you can bid for a lot.  To bid in the room, all you need to do is register to bid, and turn up on the day of the sale to receive your paddle number.  If you’re unable to attend the sale, you can leave a commission bid i.e. the highest hammer price you would like to buy the lot for, and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf.  For higher value lots, you can book a phone line, and bid as if you were in the room.  Also,  if you register with you can bid online in real time; there is an extra charge of 3% for this service.






If you are successful, we will send you an invoice, and we expect you to settle your account within three working days. We do not accept credit cards, payment can be made by debit card, bank transfer or cash.  Purchased items can be paid for and collected during the sale if practical.

All purchased items from the Household & General sale must be collected by 4pm of the next working day as we are unable to store sold items. From the specialist sales, please collect purchases promptly (maximum two weeks). If you are unable to collect, packing and shipping can be arranged. There is an independent pack and send service operating from our premises. Please use the following link: This service is not available for Fine Art sales.


For larger items, we recommend the following firms:


Bartman Couriers: 07565123722

Aardvark Art Services: 01253 794673

3Lanes Art Transportation:  01736 799298

AR Newport (furniture): 01736 741100




Terms and Conditions





General Conditions

Whilst the Auctioneer makes every effort to ensure accuracy and the description of any lot:
(a) Each lot is as set out in the catalogue or as divided or combined with any other lot or lots, is sold by the vendor with all faults, imperfections and errors of description.(b) The Auctioneers do not accept responsibility for the authenticity, attribution, date, condition or quality of any lot unless they have been instructed in writing by the vendor to so certify.(c) All statements whether printed in the catalogue or made orally as to any of the matters set out in (b) above are statements of opinion only and are not to be taken as being or implying any warranties or representation of fact by the Auctioneers unless they have been instructed by the vendor to so certify
(a) The Auctioneer has absolute discretion to divide any lot, to combine any two or more lots or to withdraw any lot from the auction, to refuse bids, regulate bidding or cancel the sale without in any case giving any reason or without previous notice. He may bid on behalf of the vendor for all goods which are being offered subject to reserve or at the Auctioneers discretion.(b) The highest bidder shall be the buyer. The Auctioneer may at his sole discretion determine the advance of the bidding or refuse a bid. If during the auction the Auctioneer considers that a dispute has arisen, he has absolute discretion to settle it or to re-offer the lot.(c) Each lot is put up for sale subject to any reserve price placed by the vendor. Where there is no reserve price (but not otherwise) the seller has the right to bid either personally or by any one person (who may be the Auctioneer).(d) All conditions, notices, descriptions, statements and other matters in the catalogue and elsewhere concerning any lot are subject to any statements modifying or affecting the same made by the Auctioneer from the rostrum prior to any bid being accepted for the lot.3. BUYER’S PREMIUM.The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with the buyer’s premium at a rate of 18% of the hammer price plus VAT.


Notwithstanding any other terms of these Conditions, if within 14 days after the auction the auctioneer has received from the buyer of any lots notice in writing that in his view the lot is a deliberate forgery and within twenty-one days after such notification the buyer returns the same to the Auctioneer in the same condition as at the time of the sale and by producing evidence, the burden of proof to be on the buyer, satisfies the Auctioneer that considered in the light of the entry in the catalogue the lot is a deliberate forgery then the sale of the lot will be rescinded and the purchase price of the same refunded. The vendor agrees to be bound by the Auctioneers decision.


The Auctioneer disclaims responsibility for default either by the buyer or the vendor because he acts as Auctioneer only and therefore does not pay out to the vendor until payment is received from the buyer. Instructions given by telephone are accepted at the sender’s risk and must be confirmed in writing forthwith.


Every person on the auction premises at any time shall be deemed to be there at their own risk. They shall have no claim against the Auctioneer or Proprietor in respect of any accident which may occur or injury, damage or loss howsoever caused, save in so far as the injury, damage or loss shall be caused by the negligence of the Auctioneer’s or Proprietor’s employees.

Vendors Conditions


All goods delivered to the Auctioneers premises will be deemed to be delivered for sale by auction unless stated otherwise in writing and will be catalogued and sold at the Auctioneers discretion and accepted by the Auctioneer subject to all Sale Conditions. By delivering the goods to the Auctioneer for inclusion in their auction sales each vendor acknowledges that they have accepted and agreed to be bound by all these Conditions.


The Auctioneer does not himself undertake the collection of goods, but will, if required in writing, instruct a contractor on the vendor’s behalf in his capacity as agent. The Auctioneer disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage to goods or for unauthorised removal of goods and damage to premises caused by the contractor.


The Auctioneer disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage to goods or for unauthorised removal of goods unless caused by the negligence of his staff.


The Auctioneer reserves the right to store or arrange goods delivered to him for sale either on his own premises or elsewhere at his sole discretion. He exempts himself from any liability for loss or damage to goods delivered to his salerooms without sufficient sale instructions and reserves the right to make a storage charge for such goods (unless the loss or damage is caused by the negligence of his employees).


Vendors will be charged for goods left on the premises if the vendor has been requested to remove them and if the goods are not removed within twenty-one days of such request the Auctioneer reserves the right to sell the goods to defray costs and storage charges.


(a) Unless otherwise instructed in writing all goods on the Auctioneers premises and in his custody will be held insured for which insurance the Auctioneer will charge a premium of 1%. The Auctioneer has an insurance policy that covers lots in his care, custody or control. The vendor and the buyer agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of that policy. The policy document is available for inspection at our office.

(b) The Auctioneer shall not be responsible for damage to or loss, theft or destruction of any goods not so insured upon the owner’s written instructions.


(a) All goods are put up for sale WITHOUT RESERVE unless written instructions are received by the Auctioneer prior to the commencement of the auction.

(b) In the event of any reserve price not being reached at auction, the Auctioneer is empowered to sell after the auction, by private treaty, at not less than the reserve price.

(c) The Auctioneer may charge up to 28% of the lowest estimate should any lot be withdrawn from the auction or fail to reach its reserve.


The vendor shall duly indemnify the Auctioneer against any claims in connection with any goods sold by the Auctioneer on the vendor’s behalf.


A vendor who sells by auction any chattel(s) which is an asset of their business must disclose to the Auctioneer whether or not they are registered for Value Added Tax purposes and if so their registered number and whether they intend to operate the special scheme covering works of art etc. This information must be supplied to the Auctioneer on or prior to delivery of the goods.


The Auctioneers reserve the right to photograph and illustrate such items as they see fit. This will be charged up to a maximum of £40 per illustration


The Auctioneers will charge commission as shown on the Auction Entry Form. Where electrical goods are consigned to us for sale, we have by law to instruct on the vendor’s behalf , a qualified person to conduct the prescribed safety checks. For this and modifications a charge will be made and deducted from the proceeds.

Buyers Conditions


Ample opportunity is given for inspection and each purchaser by making a bid for a lot acknowledges that they have satisfied themselves fully before bidding by inspection or otherwise as to all Conditions of Sale, the physical conditions of and description of the lot including but not restricted to whether the lot is damaged or has been repaired.


The property in a lot shall not pass to the buyer until they have paid the purchase price in full, but each lot is at the sole risk of the purchaser from the fall of the hammer. Each purchaser shall forthwith give his full names and permanent address, and if called upon to do so by the Auctioneer shall forthwith pay to the Auctioneer such proportion of the purchase price as the Auctioneer my require. If the purchaser fails to do so, the lot may, at the Auctioneers sole discretion be put up again and re-sold.


(a) All lots shall be paid for and removed at the buyer’s risk and expense by the end of the second working day after the auction, failing which the Auctioneer shall not be responsible if the same are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, and all lots not so removed shall remain at the risk of the buyer and be subject to a storage charge. If they are not paid for or removed within seven days of the auction the Auctioneer may re-sell them by auction or private treaty without notice to the buyer. Any liability which there may be on the part of the Auctioneer in respect of any loss shall be restricted to maximum of the price paid by the purchaser of the lot.

(b) If any buyer fails to comply with any of the above Conditions the damage recoverable from the defaulter shall include all loss arising from any re-sale of the lot, together with the charge and expenses in respect of both sales and any money deposited in part payment shall be held by the Auctioneer against the defaulters liability and may be appropriated in settlement of that liability.


WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS FOR PAYMENT, we accept debit cards, bank transfer, cheques and cash for payment for lots purchased.


This levy is to be charged to the purchaser. In bidding, you accept that you will be charged in accordance with the terms of the Act. In some countries, including those in the EU, local laws entitle the artist or the artist’s estate to a royalty.

Artist’s resale rights is a royalty payable to a qualifying artist or the artist’s heirs each time a work is re-sold during the artist’s lifetime and for a period up to 70 years following the artist’s death. Royalties are calculated using a sliding scale of percentages of the sale, please check using link below.



David Lay FRICS offer an online bidding service via for bidders who cannot attend the sale.

In completing the bidder registration on and providing your card details and, unless alternative arrangements are agreed with David Lay FRICS you:

1. authorise David Lay FRICS, if they so wish, to charge the card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction via, and

2. confirm that you are authorised to provide these card details to David Lay FRICS.

Please note that any lots purchased via live auction service will be subject to an additional 3% commission charge + VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price.