Halls Fine Art auctioneers and appraisers
Halls is an independent firm of fine art valuers, estate agents and chartered surveyors based in Shropshire, Worcestershire, the Midlands and Mid Wales.
The company was founded in 1845 in the county town of Shrewsbury under the name of Hall, Wateridge and Owen, and has specialists in all areas of fine art including furniture, clocks, works of art, jewellery, books and pictures.
The company holds six Antique Furniture, Ceramics and Works of Art auctions and three Pictures, Silver and Jewellery auctions a year, along with quarterly Collective auctions and three Toys and Collectables auctions a year. All these sales are represented by fully illustrated catalogues.
In addition Halls also conduct weekly general sales without catalogues, held every Thursday at 2.00pm; they consist of an eclectic mix of affordable antique and reproduction Furniture, Ceramics and Glass, Jewellery, Watches, Pictures, Books, Carpets and Rugs, Decorative and Works of Art.
Experts and services
The Fine Art department of Halls is run by a team of specialists, each with expertise in their chosen fields:
- Jeremy Lamond - Director of Fine Art
- Andrew Beeston - Senior Valuer of Furniture, Clocks and Works of Art
- William Lacey - Picture Specialist
- Christina Trevanion - Jewellery, Ceramics and Silver Specialist
- Derek Ainsworth- Coins, Watches and Medal Consultant
- Stewart Orr- Toys and Collectables Consultant
- Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley- Photography, Book Valuer
- Peter Booth- Saleroom and Accounts Manager
- Chloe Barker - Fine Art Administrator
- Sue Belshaw - Fine Art Administrator
The company also provides valuations fora number of purposes including:
- Retail Replacement - which can include a fully illustrated inventory
- Probate - we will liaise with solicitors to prepare a full inventory and arrange the clearance of the house if required.
- Capital Gains Tax
- Family Division
- Current Market Values
- Tax Advice - as affected by the sale of works of art and antiques.
- Conditionally exempted works of art - working with clients, accountants or solicitors.
- A pearl and diamond brooch/pendant, designed as a rose cut diamond set drop, sold for £30,000.
- A two stone diamond pendant,set with 4.96 carat and 4.11 carat diamonds of the highest colour scale grading, sold for £118,000
- a pair of Art Deco diamond set drop earrings sold for £32,000
- A previously unrecorded work by popular 18th century English equestrian artist John Wootton sold for £326,000