2015-06-26 11:00:45

Gorringes is a UK auction house based in East Sussex. It describes itself as the "leading fine art & antiques auction house in (England's) South East."


Gorringes holds specialist Fine Art & Antiques auctions every seven weeks, which typically include over 2,500 lots worth between £100 and £200,000.

Antique & household furniture and collectibles auctions are held every week, with estimates ranging from £20 to £1,000.

In addition, it holds regular specialist sales of automobilia, books, toys, textiles, coins, medals, stamps and entertainment memorabilia which are hugely popular, according to its website.

Selling through Gorringes

Prospective buyers are invited to consign their items by doing the following:

  • Send a description and photograph via post
  • Email a description and/or image
  • Bring items for valuation to Gorringes.

Founding and company history

The business was founded in the early 1920s when Rowland Gorringe opened offices in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, UK, as an estate agent and auctioneer.

He held many sales in properties in Lewes and it's environs, most famously being instructed to sell the contents of Lewes House, a collection built by the American art connoisseur and collector Edward Percy Warren.

This sale created international interest as, in addition to a remarkable collection of early furniture and works of art, it included the major works – Auguste Rodin's 'The Kiss' ('Le Baiser') and 'The Portrayal of Adam and Eve' by Lucas Cranach The Elder. The sale attracted national coverage and was followed by a series of instructions to sell country house contents.

In 1945, Rowland Gorringe was instructed to sell a country house and contents, north of Lewes, known as Roeheath. After the successful sale and with the property unsold, he received the instructions to sell several property contents which were brought together for a collective sale again at Roeheath.

Up until this time, collective sales had been regularly held at Wallands House in Lewes, the last sale there taking place in September 1945. Just after the war, in 1946, Gorringes moved to its current site at 15 North Street in Lewes.


  • Gorringes department - Books & Manuscripts|Books & Manuscripts
  • Gorringes department - Bronzes & Metalware|Bronzes & Metalware
  • Gorringes department - Carpets, Rugs & Textiles|Carpets, Rugs & Textiles
  • Gorringes department - Ceramics & Glass|Ceramics & Glass
  • Gorringes department - Clocks & Barometers|Clocks & Barometers
  • Gorringes department - Fine Furniture|Fine Furniture
  • Gorringes department - Jewellery & Watches|Jewellery & Watches
  • Gorringes department - Miscellaneous|Miscellaneous
  • Gorringes department - Musical Instruments|Musical Instruments
  • Gorringes department - Oriental Works of Art|Oriental Works of Art
  • Gorringes department - Paintings, Prints & Maps|Paintings, Prints & Maps
  • Gorringes department - Scientific & Medical|Scientific & Medical
  • Gorringes department - Silverware & Objets de Virtu|Silverware & Objets de Virtu
  • Gorringes department - Stamps, Coins & Medals|Stamps, Coins & Medals
  • Gorringes department - Toys, Dolls & Bears|Toys, Dolls & Bears
  • Gorringes department - Weekly Sale|Weekly Sale
  • Gorringes department - Wine & Spirits|Wine & Spirits

Notable sales

A Chinese export porcelain bowl dating from 1785 was sold for £58,000 at Gorringes in February 2011. The 14½ diameter bowl depicts the European export factories on the Canton waterfront.

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