Bellmans Auctioneers and Valuers



2015-06-26 11:19:58

Bellmans is an independent auction house based in Billingshurst in West Sussex, dealing in all areas of antiques, fine art, decorative objects and other collectibles.

They offer a monthly catalogued sale of nearly 2000 lots of fine art and collector’s items at their saleroom in Wisborough Green, and the company’s Managing Director Jonathan Pratt appears regularly on BBC1’s Bargain Hunt as an expert and as auctioneer.


Specialist areas

The company has knowledge, experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Oil Paintings, Watercolours & Prints.
  • English & Continental Ceramics & Glass.
  • Oriental Ceramics & Eastern Works of Art.
  • Jewellery & Watches.
  • Silver, Plate & Objects of Vertu.
  • English & Continental Furniture & Works of Art.
  • Clocks, Scientific Instruments and Cameras.
  • Carpets, Rugs & Textiles.
  • Antiquarian & Modern Books.
  • Toys, Dolls and Collectors items.
  • Postcards, Cigarette Cards and Printed Ephemera.

Services and expertise

Bellmans offer inspections and valuations for the purposes of sale by auction, which are undertaken free of charge. They also provide a fast and efficient valuation service for the purpose of inheritance tax, insurance, family division and willing buyer/willing seller for which a charge will apply.

Their valuers each have specialist knowledge covering all sectors of the fine art, antique and collectables markets, and keep up to date with market developments in their specialist areas.

They also use their archive of past sales results as a source of research data, ensuring that sellers benefit from the most current price information available.

Bellmans also has close connections with the main London salerooms and can where necessary seek confidential advice from world experts.

Notable sales

In May 2010 an important pair of Russian Imperial porcelain vases, Alexander I, circa 1820 in the manner of Swebach, were sold by Bellmans for a price of £34,000.

In October 2010 a pair of Blue John ormolu mounted urns circa early 19th century were sold for £11,000.

In April 2010 the company sold a set of ten Regency brass inlaid mahogany dining chairs for £15,000, beating their estimate of £6,000 - £9,000.

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