26th MAY 2016 Sale Information

We have two NEW EMAIL addresses. So please adjust your spam filters to allow our emails through.  They are: enquiries@bainbridgesauctions.com for general enquiries and lotinfo@bainbridgesauctions.com if you want to enquire about a specific lot, need a photograph or want to leave a bid. Another month, another sale!  This one is on the 26th May, Thursday starting at 11am.  We view the day before 1-7pm and on sale day from 9.30am.  Have you ever wanted a penny farthing cycle?  We have one.  And if you collect Continue reading →

17th MARCH 2016 Sale Information

Dear Friends,   Just as I was about to publish this post I have taken in 9 items of fabulous ‘Imperial’ Chinese kingfisher jewellery looted from the Imperial City by the grandfather of the vendor who was an officer in the 17th Bengal Lancers and present on the 15th-16th August 1900 at the fall of the City.  He bought them from his servant who had found them near the ‘Coal Hill’ in Pekin .   Three things please before I start.  One is to tell Continue reading →

11th FEBRUARY 2016 Stop Press!

Dear Friends, We are pleased to bring to your attention  extra exciting lots that have arrived since our previous email. Chinese pieces including a very decorative bottle vase with Buddhist lions in famille verte enamels, a small but finely worked silver bowl pierced with auspicious dragons, and a charming pair of 18th century porcelain dishes painted in underglaze blue and copper red with fruit in early Ming style, which, although not quite of Imperial quality, bear the desirable seal marks of the Qianlong emperor and Continue reading →

11th FEBRUARY 2016 Sale Information

Dear Friends, Our first sale of the year on Thursday 11th February approaches and I am pleased to announce that we have confirmed instructions to offer a Geneva Bible printed by Rouland Hall, Geneva, 1560, and including ‘The Whole Book Of Psalmes’, ‘printed by the printers to the Universitie of Cambridge’, 1634, within a 17th century binding and inscribed with family records from 1642.  This is  an important book and it’s worth at least reading Wikipedia to have its importance put into context  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Bible). On Continue reading →

10th DECEMBER 2015 Sale Information

Dear Friends, This is our last sale of the year so it would be good to see you all so that at least we can wish you a happy Christmas! It’s also full of booze! It’s on the 10th December at 11am with viewing on the 9th from 1 to 7 pm and from 9.30 am on sale day. I’m currently looking at a first edition 1560 copy of the Geneva Bible, rebound in the 17th century when the Psalms were added in 1634. It Continue reading →

5th NOVEMBER 2015 Sale Information

Our upcoming sale is Thursday 5th November at 11am, with viewing on Wednesday 4th 1-7pm or 9.30-11am on sale day. It was during my summer vacation that I managed two days in Barcelona and spent hours enjoying Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Basilica. One of the memorable items was the controversial sculpture for the Passion Facade by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs (1927-2014). In this coming sale, on bonfire night, we are pleased to be able to offer fourteen original drawings by Subirachs, all of which illustrate Continue reading →

1st OCTOBER 2015 Sale Information

BRIAN SEWELL, art critic, has died.  It’s always sad to lose a friend and Brian was certainly a friend of Bainbridges. It was in the 1980s that we received instructions to sell a collection of signed engravings by Augustus John.  I had no idea how to catalogue them or of their values and, taken by this eccentric critic, I made contact and asked if he could help.  He did so without ceremony and catalogued the collection simply with reference to the catalogue raisonne.  He said Continue reading →

6th AUGUST 2015 Sale Information

Dear Friend, The next sale is approaching and is on the 6th August starting at 11 a.m.  But before we speak of that, a moment’s reflection on the success of the last sale when two members of the international art trade fought it out on the phone to pay £60,000 for our rediscovered Gainsborough drawing!  Our thanks to Dr Stainton and Brian Sewell for their brilliant combined cataloguing.   Secondly I must reflect on the resignation of BRIDGET GORMAN who for 40 years has been Continue reading →

2nd JULY 2015 Sale Information

Dear Friend, Do you need a runabout?  See the last line.  Images of some of the items can be seen further down the Blog below this text. Our sale is Thursday 2nd July at 11am, with viewing Wednesday 1st July 1-7pm and 9.30-10.45am on sale day. Online bidding is available for many lots in the sale at www.ukauctioneers.com. We’ve done it again!! I am pleased to report that, after a year of research, we have discovered an otherwise unknown drawing by Thomas Gainsborough, with an Continue reading →

23rd APRIL Sale Information

Dear Friend, Our next sale approaches ­ Thursday the 23rd April, at 11am as usual. Viewing is from 1­7pm on the 22nd and from 9.am on sale day. It’s worth a visit, but no booze in this sale.  Check this blog below the text for photographs and don’t forget to register with UkAuctioneers.com for on­line bidding. £10,000 is a lot to pay for most of us for a second hand hifi, but in the last sale we made one young man very happy.  Apparantly KRELL Continue reading →