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A Victorian mobile photographic studio, which has spent most of its life on the Dorset coast at Swanage, is looking for a new home when it goes under the Charterhouse Auction gavel on Friday 5th August.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to acquire what we understand to be a unique piece of Victorian photography history which would make a stunning studio or office.” Commented Richard Bromell.

The travelling photographer’s studio was commissioned by the Pouncy family of Dorchester. Father and son photographers John and Walter Pouncy along with subsequent professional photographers, took a vast number of photos of seaside visitors to Swanage over the years in the studio.

This horse drawn studio has an interior with fittings for retaining the backdrops, a small darkroom for changing and processing plates, a glazed roof section, a glazed side, an entrance, an exit and has sprung wheels.

Over the years it received various changes and has previously been restored. In the current ownership for several decades, it continued to be used as a photographer’s studio but is now needing some restoration and conservation having lived in a field near Wareham.

This unique photographers studio, estimated at £8,000-12,000 in the Charterhouse two day 4th & 5th August auction, would make a wonderful artist or photographer’s studio due to the light which floods in.

The auction is being held at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne Dorset although the studio remains onsite at Wareham from where it will need to be collected.

Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse can be contacted for valuations at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 where they are taking further entries for their August specialist auctions of silver, jewellery, watches along with antiques, wine, port and whisky.

The photographers studio £8,000-12,000 in the Charterhouse 5th August auction