Antiques and Fine Art

A bit about Antiques and Fine Art

Held four times a year on a Friday. A catalogue is produced with detailed descriptions and colour illustrations. These sales have international advertising, with all items listed and illustrated on our web site and specialist antique web sites. We have an active mailing list of specialist buyers and collectors and we contribute to various auction search portals that inform their subscribers of items in our sales.


Books of all eras pass through the Exchange Saleroom on a regular basis.  Better quality and higher value lots are sold in the Fine art auctions, books relating to memorabilia are offered in the Collectors sales and items of lower value are sold in the regular Victorian and Home Furnishings sales.

Clocks and Instruments

Clocks and Scientific Instruments feature in our four specialist auctions each year, selling a diverse range of items from all manner of clocks and timepieces, to the intricate world of instruments such as barographs, sextants and musical boxes.


Maps and charts are often included in our Fine Art and Antique auctions with old county maps of East Yorkshire being offered frequently.


Our metalware section includes all manner of items, from...

Miscellaneous and Others

Every now and again we are asked to sell something that doesn't naturally fall into any other category so this is where we would list it.

Objets d'art

This a very diverse subject covering all sorts of interesting subjects including bronzes, ivories, curiosities and collectables. Both of our senior valuers have many years of experience in this field and have found many interesting objects over the years including Art Deco bronze and ivory figurines by Ferdinand Preiss and Japanese Okimono’s. If you have any enquiries with regard to the sale or insurance valuations of object d’art please contact one of our expert valuers;

Oil paintings

We are the market leaders in the sale of the established artists such as the Elwells, Walter Goodin and William Shackleton. In addition, we have a section within each Victorian & Home Furnishing auction for lower value and group lots. All sales are live online and presented in a professional way, enabling them to reach a growing national and international audience. If you would like to consign a single item or collection at one of our picture auctions, please contact our picture specialist:


Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Often part of limited editions by famous artists they provide a more affordable way of hanging a classic or popular artists work on your wall.



We have been fortunate over the years to have a steady flow of stamps pass through the Exchange Saleroom, including many private collections. Most are sold within our specialist collectors sales, however, items of lesser value can also be offered in our more regular general auctions. Stamp collecting has been one of the world's most popular hobbies since the late nineteenth century with the rapid growth of the postal service.

Stamp collecting proved to be an almost perfect hobby for collectors because there was a never-ending stream of new stamps as each country sought to advertise its distinctiveness through its stamps. Because some stamps became rare, a thriving international trade in stamps was created.

If you have any stamps or coins whether they are single items, small or large collections, then please discuss their value with one of our experts.


Taxidermy is the preserving of an animal's body via mounting (over an armature) or stuffing, for the purpose of display or study. Animals are often, but not always, portrayed in a lifelike state. We have successfully sold many items over the years and may not be everybody's cup of tea but it is an area that collectors take great interest in.


This is another area that we have focused on in recent years.  Designer clothes and Handbags fall into this category as well as Carpets and Rugs. Textiles relating to the Military or sport are offered in our Collectors and Memorabilia specialist sales.


A watercolour is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Watercolour refers to both the medium and the resulting artwork.  This section also includes Pencil sketches (see below). Pictured in our header image is Mary Isabella Paine (early 19th century), one of 19 Original Sketches taken in the Isle of France (Mauritius), 1837, various sizes mounted in a contemporary book that realised £2,600 plus buyers premium in our August 2018 Fine Art Sale.

Wines and Spirits

This is a relatively new section for our Fine Art sales that has proved very popular. Vintage wines and spirits are offered along with some non-vintage lots.


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