Duke's Fine Art Auctions

I am delighted to announce that I have joined Duke’s Fine Art Auctions as the Northern Representative for Medals and Militaria.

Duke’s was established in 1828 and is based in the county town of Dorchester close to the main Dorchester South railway station.  Trains run hourly to London Waterloo (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes) and there are airports at Bournemouth, Exeter and Southampton

I would be pleased to help and advise clients old and new, who may be interested in selling via Duke’s.  I can still be contacted on the numbers listed on the site ( 01429 232782 ) 07904349727 and via the contact us email form. I will of course be carrying on running Harland Military Antiques, and as ever I am interested in buying any surplus medals you may have.


Dukes Fine Art Auctions

Brewery Square,

Call: +44 (0) 1305 265 080
Fax: +44 (0) 8707 260 101
E-mail: [email protected]


Dukes have the following departments and would be pleased to receive enquires.  

Affordable Luxury

An introduction to Affordable Luxury at Duke's Auctions

A well-cut dress or suit can make you look good, but finish it with a silk scarf by Hermes, a pair of shoes by Ferragamo or a Gucci handbag, and suddenly you feel a million dollars.

A new and exciting addition to Duke's, the affordable luxury department has grown from our popular and successful Vintage Clothing and Accessories Auctions held annually at our Avenue saleroom.

Entries are now invited for the next auction of affordable luxuries, designer shoes, handbags and accessories taking place on the 6th December 2018.  

For a complimentary valuation or to consign items for auction, please contact Head of Department Antoinette Richards directly.



An introduction to Antiquities at Duke's Auctions

Duke’s recognises that the authentication of antiquities requires the highest level of academic expertise so that our clients can buy and sell with confidence. It is therefore our pleasure to be working with one of the industry’s leading authorities, Marc Allum. Marc, as seen on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, is highly respected in this field and can value all aspects of this fascinating area of early works, including fine sculpture and relief, bronzes, terracotta, glass and jewellery, from Rome to ancient Greece and Egypt.

Specialist: Marc Allum


Asian Art

An introduction to Asian Art at Duke's Auctions

The Asian Art market continues to show incredible strength and growth, with Chinese works of art dominating collector interest. World record prices are now commonplace for the best examples from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Of particular interest are the highly prized objects that once graced the interiors of the Imperial Palaces.

Head of Department, Lee Young, has considerable expertise selling in this volatile but exciting marketplace and has held Asian Art auctions both in North America and Asia. In 2016 Lee was responsible for the landmark sale of the Xuande Thornhill Stem Cup, which sold for £3.6 million on behalf of Staffordshire University in Hong Kong, gaining international attention.

The department holds two sales a year, which include porcelain, bronzes, jade, lacquer, paintings, scrolls, textiles and furniture, predominantly from China, Japan and Korea.

Specialist: Lee Young


Books and Manuscripts

An introduction to Books and Manuscripts at Duke's Auctions

Duke’s specialist department holds two sales a year, as part of our fine art sales programme, and has achieved considerable success with the sale of rare works by renowned authors such as Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer and Jane Austen. We also specialise in renowned local authors notably Thomas Hardy and T.E. Lawrence.

Duke’s reputation as a leading Auction House was cemented in 2007, with the sale of the Library of Jean Preston, a collection of considerable importance. From early printed works, to modern manuscripts and rare first editions, the department also handles maps, autographs and ephemera.

Specialist: John Holmes


Ceramics and Glass

An introduction to Ceramics and Glass at Duke's Auctions

European ceramics and glass continues to be an area of great interest to collectors throughout the world, seeking out the rarest and finest examples that factories such as Meissen, Sevres, Worcester, Minton, Bow and Chelsea have produced during the 18th and 19th Centuries. Duke’s has a proven track record in servicing these client trends and holds four specialist sales a year as part of our fine art sale program.

Specialists: Garry Batt


Clocks and Scientific Instruments

An introduction to Clocks and Scientific Instruments at Duke's Auctions

Duke’s specialist department offers a range of mechanical clocks from the earliest examples crafted in the 14th century to contemporary masterpieces. Both English and continental examples are highly prized by collectors from makers such as the Knibb family, Thomas Tompion, William Dutton and Vulliamy family. We hold four sales a year as part of our fine art sale program.

Specialist: Deborah Doyle, Guy Schwinge

Collections and Country House Contents

An introduction to Collections and Country House Contents at Duke's Auctions

Duke’s recognise that, where possible, selling the contents of a house in situ can often add significant value to the final hammer price as items are brought to life for potential buyers. We also understand that taking the decision to sell the contents of one’s home is both a major undertaking and a very personal journey.

As a boutique sized firm, we can offer a highly tailored service with direct access to our specialists who will work alongside you and your family to achieve the best outcome from our initial meetings to the final fall of the hammer. Duke’s has the privilege to count amongst its team several experts from the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, along with very experienced valuations, marketing and off-site sales staff.

In 2010, Duke’s held the sale of the contents of Melplash Court in Dorset, which achieved a sale total of over £3,000,000 - a record for any auctioneer outside London.

In instances where it is not advantageous to sell on your premises, Duke’s offers a state-of-the-art saleroom and gallery to showcase your fine art and collectables.

Specialists: Guy Schwinge, Lee Young, Richard Gold


Decorative Art

An introduction to Decorative Art at Duke's Auctions

Duke’s specialist department focusses on furniture and objects from 1860 to the present day, encompassing the aesthetic and Japonism movements to modern art and design. We hold two dedicated sales per year which include key designers and makers such as Clarice Cliff, Lalique, Heals, Liberty, Omar Ramsden and, closer to home, Poole Pottery.

In recent years mid-century modern has become hugely fashioned with the emergence of a new young crop of collectors. Items that perhaps were once part of your parents’ or grandparents’ home furnishings are now very much on trend, with sought-after names including G Plan, Ercol and Eames along with many Scandinavian designers of the period.

Specialist: Max Beaumont


Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art

An introduction to Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art at Duke's Auctions

Fine furniture is at the heart of what we do and our specialist team has the advantage of over 100 years combined experience in this field. Coupled with state-of-the-art facilities and a curatorial approach to cataloguing, it becomes clear why Duke’s is going against the trend and continuing to deliver strong prices in the “brown” furniture market. We see value in Georgian and Victorian craftsmanship as well as accompanying decorative pieces of the period.

Currently there is a strong appetite for high quality furniture with good colour and originality. Similarly, sculpture from early religious statuary in wood, through sumptuous classical and grand tour marble, to the celebrated bronzes of the 20th century is a key area of interest. By their nature these objects are difficult to move, and our team is on-hand to value items in situ at your convenience.

Specialists: Lee Young, Garry Batt, Guy Schwinge


Jewellery and Watches

An introduction to Jewellery and Watches at Duke's Auctions

With a strong record for selling the finest coloured stones, diamonds, natural pearls and signed jewellery, Duke’s specialists have expert knowledge in gemmology and the collector’s market, making us ideally placed to assist you with buying or selling jewellery. Our two specialist sales a year include fine pieces by celebrated makers Boucheron, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co, Carlo Giuliano, Cartier, modern pioneers such as Georg Jenson and the best in named costume jewellery – an area of the market to watch.

Our specialist Watch Department handles a wide variety of vintage and modern luxury watches, from catering to first time buyers of timepieces for special occasions, to connoisseurs seeking out the rarest examples of Patek Phillipe, Omega, IWC and Breitling. Condition and provenance are paramount in our selections for sale.

Specialists: Deborah Doyle, Julian Smith



An introduction to Paintings at Duke's Auctions

With four specialist sales a year encompassing oil paintings, watercolours and prints from the 12th to 21st centuries, our Paintings Department has a proven track record in researching and marketing for sale some of the most sought-after artists, from Old Masters by Fra Angelico and Titian, to contemporary masterpieces by Howard Hodgkin and Damien Hirst.

We are well-known in the art community, often loaning our gallery to emerging artists to display their works and tell their story. This space is unrivalled regionally and is uniquely adaptable to best showcase either single works or complete collections to the highest level of presentation.

Specialists: Guy Schwinge, John Holmes


Rugs and Textiles

An introduction to Rugs and Textiles at Duke's Auctions

Duke’s has a proven track record in achieving strong results for rugs and carpets. European, Indian, Persian, Turkish and Chinese examples from the 15th century to the mid-20th century have all been sold successfully in recent years. We are also adept at handling the more esoteric examples in the market, such as Aubusson tapestries, needlework samplers and lace.

Specialist: Garry Batt


Silver and Objects of Vertu

An introduction to Silver and Objects of Vertu at Duke's Auctions

Be it antique or modern, Irish, Scottish or a regional rarity, silver remains a popular area for collectors. Duke’s Silver Department deals in objects spanning a broad range of periods, dates, styles and celebrated makers including Paul de Lamerie, Benjamin Smith, Paul Storr, and Hester Bateman.

Demand for quality pieces among buyers remains strong and Duke’s, with our combination of knowledge and global market reach, is one of the leading regional salerooms for this lively market.

Objects of Vertu, by their wondrous variety and often playful design, characterise our sales and can include snuff boxes, bodkins, cigarette cases, necessaires or pin cushions. Objects worked from precious metals such as gold, tortoiseshell, rock crystal and enamel are of particular interest to our buyers, as are leading makers Faberge, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Specialists: Max Beaumont, Robert Nevin


Tribal Art

An introduction to Tribal Art at Duke's Auctions

Duke’s recognises that Tribal Art is a booming collecting genre which requires the highest level of academic expertise so our clients can buy and sell with confidence. It is therefore our pleasure to be working with one of the industry’s leading authorities, Ronnie Archer Morgan. Ronnie, as seen on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, is highly respected in this field and can value all aspects of this fascinating area from masks of sub-Saharan Africa, to the indigenous woodcraft and arts of Polynesia and the arts and crafts of the First Nations of North America.

Specialist: Ronnie Archer Morgan