Our Social Media obsession

We have had a remarkable success using Social Media for marketing as a small business! This has allowed us to further our reach and engage with our existing customers and potential customers. Not only do we want to build a strong presence on Social Media we want to build a strong brand! Showcasing our Interior…

Where it all began…

Occasionally as I am sat outside a client’s house, in my van (well Biddle & Webb’s but it feels like mine and I do wash it) I do think back to the time when I started at BW. The day is still clear in my mind and I can even remember the date 12th Feb…

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…

Managing Probates & Solicitors

Probates have to be dealt with sensitivity, accuracy, organisation and trust. Over the years we at Biddle & Webb have built a strong, trusting good relationship with Solicitors across the Midlands. A probate is for a person an individual, but the requirements are the same. When valuing the chattels a deceased has collected over a…

Home owners downsizing – Can an auctioneer help?

The short answer to this is a definite yes. But why would a home owner require the help of an auctioneer, when they sell a large property. It is explained by the old saying You cannot get a quart into a pint pot. When someone moves from a large house, decisions have to be made…

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…

Sourcing Goods

I was reading a letter the other day published in a well-known weekly antiques trade publication. It had been sent in by the owner of a recently opened regional auction room. He was asking readers how he could obtain more clients and make the residents in his catchment area more aware of the new business…

Ruskin Pottery of Smethwick

Being a Birmingham based auction house it is no surprise that Ruskin pottery is always a hit in the saleroom with a local interest and collectors alike, however this was a company that offers a much more interesting and important history outside of Birmingham. Originally was established in 1898 as Birmingham Tile and Pottery Works,…

Northern School Art: Auction favourites

Being an auction house based in the West Midlands, we are lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of both Northern School artists as well as those further south. However, just a small scratch of the surface of the art market over the last few years will show a sort of ‘buzz’ surrounding Northern School and…