Portraits of the Past: William Withering

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction, we would…

George Weissbort: A Modern Traditionalist

George Weissbort was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1928 – at five years old he and his family moved to London. Initially training under Arthur Segal, during the Second World War Weissbort attended the central School of Arts and Crafts. It was there he studied under tutors such as Bernard Meninsky, John Farleigh, Ruskin Spear…

Probate Training

Throughout my training in probate valuations I have gained a breadth of experience working in a professional environment, I have been surprised by the sheer variety of contents belonging to estates from war medals and Royal Mint Jubilee coins to tractors and rotavators. I started my training through shadowing Jeremy and Ellie, both enhancing and…

TO THE FUTURE!

James Quarterman I’m in my third and final year of undergraduate study, where I have specialised in the history of artworks produced in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy and Northern Europe, and nineteenth-century European capitals (with a bit of twentieth/twenty-first century British and American modern art on the side). These periods of art history have always…

Probates

Probate valuations are a very important service we offer at Biddle & Webb. A probate has to be undertaken with professionalism, sensitivity, organisation and speed from start to finish. So we start with the initial first telephone call or sometimes e-mail, either from a Solicitor or Executor to an estate. The most frequently asked questions…

The Commercial Sale

The weekly commercial sale offers a broad selection of items from a wide diversity of vendors. Frequently lost in transit items will feature prominently. Following a holding period by the carrier to allow for claims or repatriation these goods need to be cleared to free up expensive storage space. The commercial sale may also include…

My New Role

This story starts in November of last year. I had just completed my MA in Art History and Curating from the University of Birmingham. I had been looking at a job application for a part time receptionist position at a firm of Auctioneers in Birmingham. I really wanted to work in Birmingham, as in the…

Marketing Unusual Items

At Biddle & Webb, you never know what will enter the auction doors, at any time! I have come across many unusual items that I have never heard of, let alone seen. During December a variety of stationary engines and a JB Type Morris Postal Van entered our salerooms. My first initial thought was, who…

Here’s to 2018!

It’s always worrying to tempt fate, but this is the most excited the team and I have been about Biddle and Webb’s future since my dad died twenty years ago. We have always been a very diverse operation and sometimes we’ve found it difficult to juggle all the moving parts. However now our ability to sell anything…

First Growth Claret

Rolls-Royce cars, Patek Philippe watches and Steinway pianos are all names that the connoisseur will recognise as the best of the best in their particular field. Of course some will dispute this and may indeed prefer a different brand of car, watch or musical instrument. What is difficult to argue however is that each of…