Departments

Country House Sales

Country House Sales

Sales on the premises in a marquee on the lawn were once a common feature of the English season. The advent of live online bidding has, as a result, made many sellers reconsider. Mellors & Kirk has successfully translated the theme of a Country House auction to the Sale room...

Oak Furniture And Metalwork

Oak Furniture And Metalwork

The traditional British furniture wood, the Age of Oak can be said to cover the period from the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) to that of George III (1760-1820). Unpretentious and often of glorious colour with a fine patina, useful objects such as chairs, presses, tables and smaller...

Fine Furniture

Fine Furniture

Often of superb workmanship combined with choice materials, well preserved examples of English and Continental furniture of the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries continue to enjoy a healthy demand. Fashions change and greater knowledge of what is ‘right’ drive prices skyward, because quality endures.

Antiquarian Books

Antiquarian Books

Mellors & Kirk’s expertise in this highly specialised field is underlined by the many spectacular books that we have handled, such as this copy of Saxton’s Atlas of England Wales from the library of W A Cadbury that sold for £42,000.

Glass

Glass

From ancient Venetian beads dating back to 3,000BC to the sale of the Caithness Glass Factory Museum’s paperweight collection, Mellors & Kirk’s auctions offer antique and collectable glass of every type and period.

 Sporting Memorabilia

Sporting Memorabilia

An element of hero worship undeniably lies behind the sometimes frenzied bidding which greet items of sporting memorabilia. Golf, Soccer and motor racing trophies, medals and collectables are highly sought after.

Modern British Sculpture

Modern British Sculpture

Three as well as two dimensional 20th century British art is one of the most exciting areas of the market. Being of relatively recent creation there are seldom concerns over condition or restoration. The quality is consistently high, a fact which the rapidly rising prices over the last 20 years now fully reflects.

Natural History

Natural History

Fossils, Minerals, Sporting Trophies and examples of the art of the Victorian and early 20th century taxidermists appear in all Mellors & Kirk sales. CITES regulations and the laws of different jurisdictions have made trade in certain items illegal. This has resulted in a sharp increase in the value of those that can be lawfully sold. Mellors & Kirk has....

Photographs

Photographs

One particular area of Mellors & Kirk’s expertise lies in the field of photography. The market for 19th and early 20th century photographic images, especially travel albums, has really only existed since about 1980. Then prices were at most several hundred pounds, now the situation is very different and images of indigenous peoples...

Medals

Medals

Mellors & Kirk’s specialist has over 30 years experience in Orders, Decorations and Medals. Both single awards and groups are always fully researched and expertly catalogued resulting in numerous bids directly from collectors, some of whom are, for example interested in those awarded to men of particular regiments or individual...

Amber

Amber

Gram per gram yellow amber beads are more valuable than gold. This is a fact of which many are unaware since only recently they were worth very little. Bidding from China and Middle Eastern countries in particular has pushed up prices to a level undreamt of only 20 years ago.

Thoroughbred and Classic Cars

Thoroughbred and Classic Cars

There is unprecedented interest in fine motor cars of a bygone era. One interesting feature of the market is that relatively modern vehicles have risen greatly in value, partly because of the increasing scarcity of earlier cars but also because they are...

Collectable Cameras

Collectable Cameras

Mellors & Kirk always welcomes consignments of fine vintage cameras such as the Leica range by Ernst Leitz, other 35mm format cameras such as Contax and Nikon, medium format Hasselbland and Rolleiflex/Rolleicord and larger format including Gandolfi and similar...

Asian Art

Asian Art

Chinese and other South East Asian art is offered across Mellors & Kirk’s range of auction sales and high standards of cataloguing combined with excellent photography together with bidding on several platforms ensure that the maximum number of bidders, especially those in China participate.

Vintage Toys

Vintage Toys

Mellors & Kirk hold specialist sales of valuable antique and collectors toys and models such as Corgi, Dinky, Matchbox and other diecast vehicles, Britains and other hollow cast soldiers, dolls and teddy bears, jigsaw puzzles and antique playing cards, cast-iron and tinplate mechanical banks, pedal cars and rocking horses.

Coins

Coins

Mellors & Kirk offers owners of coins a first class service where high standards of cataloguing are paramount. The slightest difference in grade or a rare mint mark can have an enormous bearing on the value. A Mellors & Kirk single owner coin sale grossed almost £1million and included a number of proof sets each of which...

Antiquities

Antiquities

The objects created by the earliest civilisations are no longer the preserve of dry academia but sell just as easily on their sculptural or decorative quality. Rising prices and an increase in smuggling from war torn countries obliges those handling antiquities to exercise due diligence which means that provenance is vital.

Militaria

Militaria

This vast field is well catered for by Mellors & Kirk which regularly sells such disparate objects as full dress uniform, RAF pilot’s jackets and flying boots, military watches, helmets, badges, pouches, belts, sabretaches and every other type of military accoutrement. A Royal Naval Captain’s full dress uniform...

Decorative Arts

Decorative Arts

Art Nouveau and Art Deco is sold on a regular basis in specialist sales. Although created over a short period in every medium and in many countries it is surprising how it can harmonise when displayed together. The light and spacious Auction House is a late Art Deco structure and is ideally suited for the exhibition of such material.

Scientific Instruments

Scientific Instruments

The subject of Natural Philosophy and the instruments and apparatus which were created in consequence during the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries can be regarded as works of art. Telescopes, Microscopes, other optical equipment and Optical Toys such as this Panorama Panoptique which sold for £500, navigational instruments...

British Ceramics

British Ceramics

Mellors & Kirk’s specialist sales of British pottery and porcelain range from single items to entire specialist collections which amongst others have included the R & S Edmundson Collection of Caughley and Coalport porcelain and the Duke of Newcastle’s 18th century Derby dessert service that made almost...

Historical Documents

Historical Documents

Many families retain old letters and documents. Often preserved in a deed box, these can range from parchment indentures, some of which can be of great antiquity, apprenticeship indentures, commonplace and memorandum books, cookery and medicinal recipes and postal history. Often the most valuable are autograph letters.

Eclectic Antiques

Eclectic Antiques

To specialise in the eclectic may seem odd but it is a fact that the more bizarre or extraordinary is a decorative or applied work of art the higher will be the price realised. These objects fit no category but Mellors & Kirk has long experience in identifying these winners of the auction world. As an example, take this tea caddy...

Clocks

Clocks

From brass lantern clocks of the 16th and 17th century, majestic walnut, marquetry and mahogany longcase clocks of the late 17th & 18th centuries to ingenious examples of Victorian and later clockmaking by such makers as Thomas Cole, all things horological make their way to Mellors & Kirk.

Fine Paintings

Fine Paintings

Fine Art of all Schools and periods is offered in Mellors & Kirk’s quarterly Fine Art Sales. Historical portraiture including miniatures, genre and landscapes together with Victorian sporting and Modern British works are always to be seen.

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments

Mellors & Kirk welcomes consignments of fine violins, bows and other stringed instruments. This ‘cello sold on behalf of a local owner for £28,000.

Objets De Vertu

Objets De Vertu

Dedicated sections of Objets de Vertu, an enormous field which includes everything from gold snuff boxes and seals to enamels, fans, galanterie to Faberge and other Russian works of art are the quarterly Fine Art Sales. Silver smallwork, in particular objects such as nutmeg graters, vinaigrettes and card cases feature prominently

Drawings and Watercolours

Drawings and Watercolours

English and Continental drawings and watercolours including fine and sometimes very fine works are a notable feature of every quarterly Fine Art Sale. Less valuable but often pleasing works by often recorded but neglected artists are sold in the...

20th Century Art

20th Century Art

Modern British art features in every Mellors & Kirk Fine Art Sale. Prices realised by not only major works are rising as the international standing of many of these artists is more widely recognised, a trend that shows no sign of coming to an end. This small, arresting pencil Head of...