Lawrences of Bletchingley

Lawrences of Bletchingley are UK auctioneers based in Surrey. The firm holds six-weekly sales throughout year which cover a number of specialisms in antiques and collectables. Its departments include furniture, ceramics, carpets, collectables, musical instruments, metals and paintings.

Lawrences of Bletchingly was founded in 1964 and continues to operate as a family-run business. Its chairman is Robin Lawrence.


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Two George II tables bring major sums in regional rooms

23 September 2019

Two English furniture ‘discoveries’ excelled against modest hopes at auction in mid-September. Top-end London dealers bought both pieces.

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Late Victorians in time for Surrey sale

02 July 2018

A good helping of late Victorian pictures featured among the top prices on June 6 at Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley in Surrey.

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The British camera that helped get pictures moving

06 June 2014

It may not look much today, but this camera was the latest cutting-edge piece of technology when it was first released for sale in 1899 – and it helped lay the foundations for the future of film and moving pictures. Then it retailed for £30, now it has just sold at auction in Surrey by Lawrences of Bletchingley for £7800.

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Walter Langley interior scene offered in Bletchingley

14 March 2013

First exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1913, this painting by Walter Langley (1852-1922) will be offered for sale at Lawrences Auctioneers of Bletchingley on March 20.

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A box on the wing in Surrey

22 November 2010

THE unexpected highlight of a recent sale conducted by Surrey auctioneers Lawrences of Bletchingley was this Anglo-Indian rosewood and ivory inlaid butterfly form jewellery box entered for sale from a local private source.

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Maw and Co. vase adds to lustre of Rode Hall collection

19 September 2006

The missing element in a rare series of vases by a celebrated Arts & Crafts designer has now been located for a Cheshire country house after it was spotted in an ATG advertisement.

Quality finds buyers but lesser pieces are a struggle to get away

27 July 2005

“SELLING more lots but for less overall money” was the verdict of Lawrences valuer Howard Page after more than 2700 lots went under the hammer at the Surrey auctioneers’ marathon June event.

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Sleepers and sale charges underline the pluses for country rooms.

25 January 2005

Lawrences, Bletchingley Buyer’s premium: 12.5 per centTHE unceasing campaign among provincial auctioneers to bring the right material to the rostrum is, perhaps, tougher the nearer one is to London. However, salerooms outside the capital can compete both on vendors’ charges and by accepting pieces turned down by the metropolitan’s top three.

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Old standards sell alongside new fancies

18 August 2004

SOME steady selling of material which has been hard to shift of late provided some encouragement for the trade generally at Lawrences of Bletchingley's (12.5 buyer's premium) July 20-22 sale and among the 2000 lots – which totalled nearly £200,000 – there were enough of those quirky offerings which make provincial British auctions the fascinating events they can be.

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Bookends support £1250

07 July 2004

SAIREY Gamp and Tony Weller are two of the most commonly encountered Royal Doulton character jugs (and accordingly among the cheapest) but only very rarely are the two Dickens’ characters seen as bookends.

Quality touches lift furniture bids

02 June 2004

GIVEN the bob-a-long prices for run-of-the-mill furniture at auction, the fact that 917 offerings at Lawrences of Bletchingley's (12.5% buyer's premium) 2861-lot April 27-29 sale were furniture didn’t bode well for the three-day outing.

Namikawa’s name takes vase to the top

21 May 2003

THE name of Namikawa Yasuyuki is justly positioned in the premier league of Meiji metalworkers as one of the very finest cloisonné workshops working in the late 19th/early 20th century.

In no fit condition, but then it is George Jones

07 March 2003

This 19th century George Jones majolica game pie dish and cover led the way at Lawrences (11% buyer’s premium) three-day event, held at their rooms in Bletchingley between February 4 and 6.

Davis signature works its magic into Sixties Royal Worcester

29 January 2001

Modern ceramics in keen demand by collectors and dealers UK: A HIGH turnover of £500-1000 lots in Lawrences' auction of Antique Furniture and Effects on December 5, 6 and 7 contributed more to the £255,000 sale total than any individual high-value entries on a day when, unusually at a provincial sale, the strongest prices came for ceramics – British, Oriental and European – rather than for the furniture entries.

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