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Pictures and Prints

Manner of El Greco, which had lain hidden in an attic, sold successfully for £98,000

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so they say. We regularly hold specialist picture auctions with lots receiving enquiries and bids from around the world.

This combined with live internet bidding has resulted in some huge prices achieved, such as a small oil painting on a panel in the manner of El Greco of a Saint which came out of an attic. A real Antiques Roadshow discovery moment, it featured in our international trade paper and generated great pre-auction interest. On the day, a fierce bidding war got under way with the hammer falling to a London gallery at £98,000.

Another painting which sold very well, came out of a cottage where it had hung for many years. The owner had previously been advised by one of the large International auction houses at £20,000. Again, we featured the painting in our trade paper which drew in many dealers and collectors to the sale where the hammer came down at £61,000.

If you think you have a masterpiece hanging on your wall, whether you have inherited a watercolour, or if you have a pile of pictures hidden away in the attic, contact Richard Bromell or George Holtby at our salerooms 01935 812277 or send them images to

All of our auctions use live internet bidding platforms to ensure that every lot, whether it is worth £20 or £500,000, reaches the widest possible market and sells for the best price possible. In the run up to an auction we receive 100’s of emails requesting further information for lots in the sale. Attached to these email replies, we regularly send well over 1,000 digital images, such is the huge interest generated in our auctions.

Lifetime of Collecting at Charterhouse

Charterhouse are delighted to be instructed to auction the lifetime collection of the late Edward Marnier from near Shaftesbury. The collection will go to auction on Friday the 5th of July.

“Edward certainly had a great eye for antiques and fine art.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Overall, his collection is estimated to sell for over £50,000 with lots valued from £50 to £20,000.”

There is a wonderful selection of over 100 lots from his estate which vary from period furniture, rugs, Asian Art, ceramics and silver, but it was pictures which were the love of his life.

Highlight in the collection is a fine portrait of Brigit Mcnamara by Augustus John OM RA, one of the leading 20th century Welsh artists, estimated at £15,000-20,000. Edwards mother was frequently painted by Augustus John and Edward spent much time as a child at Augustus John’s house.

Born in Tenby in 1868, Augustus Edwin John OM RA was a draughtsman, etcher and painter. For a time, he was considered the most important artist at work in Britain and died at Fordingbridge in 1961.

Augustus John portrait of Brigit Mcnamara estimated at £15,000-20,000, to be auctioned on the 5th of July

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions with Classic Cars on 27th June, Vinyl & Entertainment Memorabilia 3rd July, Mid-Century & Decorative Arts with Pictures, Maps & Books 4th July, followed by Antiques & Interiors on 5th July.

Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse Team can be contacted for specialist advice and valuations at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, 01935 812277 or via


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