The Station Is The First Stop On The Road For New Auction House
Tuesday - January 22, 2019
An exclusive auction house that opened its doors earlier this month has announced an extensive list of valuation days for the year ahead that includes a wide range of venues across the region, including four at The Station in Richmond.
Based in the market town of Bedale, Elstob & Elstob aims to provide a focal point in the North of England for buying and selling high-quality antiques, fine art and jewellery. It is run by husband and wife team, David and Beth Elstob, who are supported by a team of top-level specialists who have held senior posts at institutions such as Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Doyle in New York.
It is this expertise that the auction house is taking out onto the road as part of a schedule of free ‘Antiques Roadshow-style’ valuation days, giving people the opportunity to learn more about their prized possessions. All manner of contemporary or antique objects are encouraged including silver, ceramics, glassware, pictures, sculpture or other collectables.
The first event will be held at The Station in Richmond on Friday 1 February between 10am and 3pm. No appointments are necessary and people are invited to drop in throughout the day. Three other valuation days are planned at The Station later this year.
Other nearby locations include The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle (16 February) and Newby Hall, near Ripon (16 April and 6 August), with additional venues in Parbold, Southport, Coulby Newham and Stokesley. Event timings may vary and appointments are necessary at some venues so people are asked to check details on the website or by phoning the Bedale office.
“One of our motivations for setting up the business was to provide first-rate professional auction and valuation services to people in the region without them having to travel further afield to the larger city-based auction houses,” said David Elstob, who is one of only a small number of auctioneers in the country to have achieved the rare distinction of RICS Chartered Arts and Antiques Surveyor; an extraordinary qualification that puts him firmly into the industry’s elite.
“The valuation days are an extension of this service and we have picked various tourist and community locations across the whole of the North of England to reach as many people as possible. These events are always great fun and you never quite know what objects will be brought along,” he added.
While the valuations are free with no obligation, anyone wishing to sell an object may be given the option to sell it at auction. Elstob & Elstob holds four catalogue sales a year from its spacious premises at Bedale Hall, which showcase some of the finest objects in the North. The next sale will be held on Sunday 24 March, for which consignments are currently invited.
“Many people have things tucked away at home that are actually worth quite a lot of money and even if they are not looking to sell an item, it is always sensible to have a piece valued for insurance purposes. Market trends do vary and an item that wasn’t worth a great deal ten years ago may have rocketed in value today.
“If people do wish to sell then the estimates given at a valuation event are used as a guide price at auction. If the piece doesn’t reach its desired price then it doesn’t have to be sold so there is no risk at all to the seller,” said David Elstob.
As well as offering general advice on the valuation, sale, purchase and management of antiques and fine art, Elstob & Elstob has ten specialist departments comprising: Jewellery; Watches; Sculpture; Pictures; ‘Mouseman’ and Yorkshire Oak; Ceramics and Glass; Silver; Furniture; 20th Century Design; and Fine Wines and Spirits. Other services include professional valuations for sales, probate, insurance and family division, as well as the provision for single owner and corporate sales.
The list of valuation days will be expanded upon throughout the year and details of all events are available on the website.
For further information about the sales and services provided by Elstob & Elstob, or any of the valuation events, please call 01677 333003; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.elstobandelstob.co.uk
PHOTO: David Elstob is pictured valuing an item in the spacious surroundings of Bedale Hall in the market town of Bedale, North Yorkshire, which provides the main base for the new auction and valuation business.