Mallams

Mallams has been trading since 1788 and now has salerooms in Oxford, Cheltenham and Abingdon as well as a valuation office in Burford. 

In addition to conducting general sales, house sales and a biannual ‘House and Garden’ sale, they also hold specialist auctions of 20th century art, books and manuscripts, ceramics and glass, clocks and barometers, collectables, Eastern and Oriental art, furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery and watches.


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Auction previews: issue 2443

18 May 2020

The auction calendar has been much changed by Covid 19 restrictions. However, as indicated by these lots offered for sale, an increasing number of auction houses are transacting safely behind closed doors holding timed sales or ‘live online’ sales with bids taken via bidding platforms such as thesaleroom.com or over the phone. Typically purchases can either be collected safely and couriered, or stored by the auction house until the current government guidance is lifted. With auction houses set to be able to be reopen premises to the public from June 1, more and more sales are now being added to the auction calendar.

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Auction calendar begins revival via the virtual rostrum

27 April 2020

After a month’s hiatus, a number of top-tier regional auction houses are returning to the rostrum to conduct ‘live online’ sales.

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Victorian travel wardrobe draws interest as it reappears at auction

06 April 2020

This deluxe Victorian travel accessory is a ‘campaign wardrobe’ made by Robinson & Sons of Ilkley, Yorkshire.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2500 including a William Gear acrylic painting

30 March 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a William Gear acrylic painting.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2500 including an Edith Lawrence linocut

09 March 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including an Edith Lawrence linocut.

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BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Grim toll of plagues up to 1666

09 March 2020

List of deaths is timely reminder that outbreaks are nothing new

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Sexy and sultry Flint tempts buyer

09 March 2020

Textbook watercolour by the British artist takes one of his higher prices in recent years.

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Nelson bust sails high to top sale

17 February 2020

While furniture and books fully justified its title, The Oxford Library Sale at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) was led by a surprise star: a rather lowly regarded gesso bust of the sort that would have been a minor decoration to such a room.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £3000 including an Eric Ravilious print

13 January 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including an Eric Ravilious print.

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Pair of Hodgkins high sale prices

06 January 2020

Two Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) gouache watercolours painted during her artistic prime were taken to multi-estimate sums at separate UK salerooms in the same week.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2250 including a David Young Cameron castle view

23 December 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a David Young Cameron castle view.

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Charity shop rewarded for auction decision on donated ring

17 December 2019

Charity may begin at home, but sometimes it ends in the saleroom. A ring brought into a charity shop nearly doubled its top estimate at auction in Surrey.

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Pick of the week: Gimson is top dog of Arts & Crafts

16 December 2019

Cotswolds steel masterworks bring £50,000.

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Bid Barometer

16 December 2019

Online buying: realised prices at auctions on thesaleroom.com

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Lambarde on Anglo-Saxon laws

18 November 2019

A rare work by William Lambarde, the antiquarian, writer on legal subjects and author of the first county history, A Perambulation of Kent of 1576, was another highlight from the library of the late Eric Stanley, professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford (see reports in previous ATGs).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2800 including a Graham Sutherland watercolour.

11 November 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Graham Sutherland watercolour.

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Rossetti depicts father and son

11 November 2019

A crayon portrait by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) surfaced at Oxford saleroom Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) together with another of the sitter’s father.

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Gilt bronze buddha from charity shop makes five-figure sum at Gloucestershire auction

06 November 2019

A gilt bronze model of a buddha donated to a charity shop by a donor took a hammer price of £15,000 at an auction in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

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Powell stained glass panels shine in sale

28 October 2019

As part of a House & Garden sale, the top-seller at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Abingdon was a set of six stained-glass panels by James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars.

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Laying down Anglo-Saxon laws

21 October 2019

A first portion of the library of the late Eric Gerald Stanley, a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, featured in a recent auction at Mallams.

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