Re-designing the status quo

Biddle and Webb’s 12th November Interiors auction will include the bespoke creations of Birmingham born inventor Peter Morrison. Peter Morrison – an accomplished designer and entrepreneur, created his first product in 1999: The Technical Development Ring for grass roots football development. In both 2003 and 2004 Peter consecutively won British inventor of the year Platinum…

ALAN: Q’s & A’s

Q1. When did you start working at Biddle & Webb and what was your job role? Ans. ”I started working at Biddle & Webb 47 years ago (1969) on an Easter Tuesday. When walked through the door I was given a pen, pad and chalk and started cataloguing! The first thing I catalogued was a…

The mystery of Cecil Rochfort D'Oyly John (1906 – 1993)

The highlight of our last Interiors auction was three paintings by 20th Century painter Cecil Rochfort D’Oyly John. But what really is the attraction to these brightly coloured scenes that caused so much interest in the sale room? Could it be the many rumours that surround the past of this popular artist creating a sense…

Marketing (at) auction house

‘Marketing is the science and art of exploring, creating, and delivering value to satisfy the needs of a target market a profit’ Philip Kotler  A company can rarely be successful without a proper marketing strategy. This is not just the responsibility of one department, it is the responsibility of everybody in the company, because everything…

Becoming an Auctioneer

I could never have imagined that I would become an auctioneer: at the centre of the auction, atop of the rostrum – all eyes watching. As a naturally reserved person, becoming an auctioneer was definitely a step out of my comfort zone. The process of becoming an auctioneer is a challenging and yet extremely rewarding…

Tips for buying Furniture at Auction

FURNITURE is one of the most common things that can be found in nearly every auction nowadays with a variety of reasons why it is good to buy from an auction house rather than a high street retailer, as auctions can be a cheaper alternative, have select furniture that is not easily found in shops…

AUCTIONEERS TOP PICK: UPCOMING JUNE SALE – LORD LAMINGTON PORTRAIT

Catherine White’s top pick for the upcoming June sale goes to a painting by ROBERT DUDDINGSTONE HERDMAN A.R.S.A (1863-1922). It is an oil on canvas, signed portrait of Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochraine – Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington G.C.M.G (1860 – 1940). Estimated at between £500 – £800 this portrait is a bargain price and…

RAISING MONEY FOR THE GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND

Here at Biddle & Webb we are delighted to announce that we are working alongside Guide Dogs to help raise money for the charity. The Guide Dogs for the Blind charity breeds and trains puppies to become guide dogs and life long companions to those who are blind or partially sighted. As the Guide Dogs…

AUCTIONEERS TOP PICK: MARCH SALE – YABU MEIZAN TEA CADDY

Jeremy Thornton’s top pick of the March sale goes to a beautiful Japanese Meiji period satsuma tea caddy by craftsmen Yabu Meizan. In each of Biddle and Webb’s auctions there are always stand out pieces which get the team and buyers excited. This month’s special item realised an incredible £18,000. Auctioneer Jeremy Thornton spotted the…