Thursday 30th March, 2017
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Lawrences in Crewkerne are delighted to be co-sponsors of a major new exhibition of works by the Camden Town Group which opened at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton on Saturday 25 March. ‘A Fragile Beauty: Art on the Blackdown Hills 1909 to 1925’ captures the beauty of this Somerset and Devon borderland in a period when the First World War was changing English society forever.

The Camden Town Group, led by Walter Sickert, was inspired by daily life in the capital but were then drawn to the countryside, especially the Blackdown Hills. Inspired by the example of the impressionists and post-impressionists, artists such as Spencer Gore, Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan created Somerset and Devon landscape paintings of great freshness and immediacy.  

‘A Fragile Beauty’ is the first major exhibition at the Museum of Somerset to rely entirely on loans from other museums and from private collectors and includes works from the Ulster Museum and from Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition also includes works from private collections that have rarely been seen in public.

“ Lawrences are thrilled to be a part of this exhibition,” enthuses Helen Carless, Lawrences’ Managing Director. “We held a highly successful auction here last spring which comprised pictures donated by various generous supporters of the museum. The sale included works by artists as varied as Albert Goodwin, Walter Greaves, Fred Hall and Henri Gaudier Brzeska. They yielded over £18000 for the Museum and helped to get the exhibition fully underway. It is marvellous to see that the show is being so much admired by those who are attending.” 

‘A Fragile Beauty’ has been created in partnership with the Somerset-based curators and art historians Denys Wilcox and Richard Emeny. The exhibition runs until July 8th and is free of charge. Richard Kay, picture specialist at Lawrences will be giving an hour long illustrated talk on the life of Walter Sickert, entitled `Celebrated but Seedy`, at the Museum on April 27th at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 per person with cheese and wine. Booking is required: contact the Museum on 01823 255088.

Photo: ‘A Fragile Beauty’ has been supported by the fine art auctioneers, Lawrences of Crewkerne. Richard Kay, Lawrences’ Director of Pictures, is pictured with Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust and Chair of the Trustees David Gwyther at the Museum in front of a work by Spencer Gore.


See the video clip here of Lady Carnarvon and Helen Carless meeting to celebrate the happy event:

A fascinating album of photographs, giving a glimpse of life in one of Britain’s most distinguished country seats, came to light recently.
The album contains 44 large mounted photographs of the house, staff and estate at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, immortalised in popular culture as the setting for the ITV series `Downton Abbey` as the home of the fictional `Earl of Grantham` but it is actually the home of the Earls of Carnarvon. The photographs, taken by J. W. Righton of Newbury, date from 1895 and include portraits of the newly married 5th Earl with his Countess, Almina as well as a photograph showing the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and other guests as well as the house staff. In addition, there are photographs of the grounds and the interior showing how Highclere was furnished and decorated in the 1890’s. 
Returned to Highclere, following a private treaty sale, Lady Carnarvon says “I am thrilled that the photo album is coming home and it’s a very happy resolution orchestrated by Lawrences on behalf of the vendors.  We do already have some of the photographs but it will be very interesting to cross reference the names of the guests and staff in a more complete fashion".
Helen Carless of Lawrences commented, “ Lawrences are delighted to have negotiated the private treaty sale that ensured that the album is now where it should be and all parties are extremely happy with the outcome”.

Specialists In Their Fields...

Whether you want to sell (or buy) diamonds and daggers, Meissen and mezzotints or toy trains and tribal art you will find that our specialists at Lawrences in the glorious West Country know just how to put the action into auctions.  Using the latest marketing technology, we achieve the best prices.

With over 300 years of combined expertise, much of it learned in the London auction rooms, we make it our business to know lots about your lots.


A rare Chinese Tibetan Temple Vase, 26.5cm/10.5 ins high, exceeded all expectations.

Consigned for sale by a Wiltshire gentleman whose ancestor acquired it while working as a solicitor in Shanghai in the early 20th century, it had spent the last thirty years on his brother’s mantelpiece. The instantly recognisable shape is associated with 18th Century design and the vase carried marks purporting to date the object to the reign of the Emperor Jiaqing (1760-1820). A swathe of pre-sale enquiries from around the world and a bank of telephone bidders on the day indicated that a strong price should be anticipated. However, when auctioneer Neil Grenyer opened the bidding, interest from online bidders rapidly exceeded £200,000 before those on the telephones and in the room, who were itching to bid on the vase, had their first opportunity to join in. At £240,000, there were still four bidders in contention - three on the telephone and one online – and the vase eventually sold to a Hong Kong- based dealer who was bidding over the telephone.  THE TOTAL PRICE, INCLUDNG THE AUCTIONEERS' PREMIUM WAS JUST OVER £305,000

Free Valuation Mornings...

With over 300 years of combined experience, our Specialist Valuers will be available to value your antiques at our Head Office and Salerooms in CREWKERNE, EVERY MONDAY - 9.30am - 12.30pm.




Taunton Valuation Mornings...

Simon Jones (General Valuations & Collectors Items) and one of our Jewellery Specialists, will be available to value your items EVERY FRIDAY - 9.00am - 11.30am at The Castle Hotel, Castle Green, TAUNTON.






Minehead Home Visits...

FREE HOME VISITS - Chris Flower will be in MINEHEAD on the LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH to value your antiques. Complete house contents and attic clearances arranged.  Please call to make an appointment. Tel: 01460 73041.





Wells Valuation Mornings...

Four of our specialists will be in WELLS at Roderick Thomas Estate Agents , 1 Priory Road, Wells, BA5 1SR EVERY QUARTER to value your antiques - 9.30am - 12.00noon. No appointment necessary.