Condition Reports

Whilst we seek to describe lots accurately, it may be impractical for us to carry out exhaustive due diligence on each lot. Prospective buyers are given ample opportunities to view and inspect before any sale and they (and any independent experts on their behalf) must satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of any description applied to a lot.

Prospective buyers also bid on the understanding that, inevitably, representations or statements by us as to authorship, genuineness, origin, date, age, provenance, condition or estimated selling price involve matters of opinion. We undertake that any such opinion shall be honestly and reasonably held and accept liability for opinions given negligently or fraudulently. Subject to the foregoing neither we the auctioneer, nor our employees or agents, nor the seller accept liability for the correctness of such opinions and all conditions and warranties, whether relating to description, condition or quality of lots, express, implied or statutory, are hereby excluded.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions

Droit de Suite

Please note that the 'Artist's Resale Right' regulations will be in effect during some sales. It is a measure designed to supply living artists and artists who have died within the last 70 years, with a percentage of the amount that their works sell for at auction. The items to which this charge may apply include all types of pictures and some ceramics, glassware, tapestries, photographs, furniture and decorative arts. Lots where Droit de Suite may be payable are indicated by a § after the lot number.

The levy is imposed upon items which make upwards of 1,000 Euros (converted at the current rate of exchange on the day of the sale) and the buyers of the items to which the measure applies will be charged for the royalty in accordance with the table below.

Portion of the Sale Price Royalty Rate

For Example: If a painting sells for £1,500 (hammer price), it will be subject to the usual Buyer's Premium (23.4% including VAT) and an additional charge of £60 as the royalty rate being 4% of £1,500.

For more information please contact the office. Alternatively visit the following website for more information http://www.dacs.org.uk

An Explanation of Cataloguing Practice

A work catalogued with the name(s) or recognised designation of an artist, without any qualification is, in our opinion, a work by the artist. In other cases the following expressions, with the following meanings are used:

  • All measurements are in centimetres, height before width.

Important Notice for Buyers of Jewellery: Treatment and Condition of Gemstones

Gemstones are often treated to enhance their colour and improve their appearance. They may be heated or treated by oil or resin to intensify colour and transparency. Other techniques such as dyeing, irradiation, coating and impregnation may also be used. Be aware that unless the catalogue description specifically states that the stone is natural, we have assumed that any treatment may not be permanent and that special care of the stone may be needed in the future.

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