Terms and conditions

General: Every Lot is sold with all faults and errors of description and the Auctioneers disclaim for themselves and for the vendor all responsibility for authenticity, age, attribution, authorship, period, origin, quality or condition. All statements on such matters whether printed in the catalogue or made orally are statements of opinion and not representations of fact. Purchasers are expected to satisfy themselves on authenticity, condition, restoration, etc. before bidding. Any lot that includes ‘A.F’ in the description is sold as seen, and may have some damage and needs attention.
Bidding: The Auctioneer has absolute discretion to divide any Lot, to combine any two or more Lots, to withdraw any Lot, to refuse any bid and to regulate the bidding or cancel any sale without giving any reason or previous notice. He may bid on the vendor’s behalf for all goods, which are being offered subject to a reserve or at the Auctioneer’s discretion. All descriptions and statements concerning any Lot, whether in the catalogue or elsewhere, are subject to any statements altering or affecting the same made by the Auctioneer from the rostrum prior to the Lot being offered for sale.
* By the making of any bid the buyer acknowledges acceptance of these conditions.

Registration: Bidding is by numbered paddle and prospective buyers must register before they bid. New buyers will be required to leave cash deposit which will be deducted from the price of any purchase made or refunded in full if they do not buy.
Fall of hammer: The highest bidder shall be the buyer. If any dispute arises the Auctioneer has absolute discretion to settle the dispute or re-offer the Lot. At the fall of the hammer the purchaser shall give the Auctioneer his/her name, address and telephone number, and a cash deposit if requested, in default of which the Auctioneer may re-offer and re-sell the Lot or Lots concerned.
Private treaty: In the event of any Lot being sold by private treaty the buyer agrees to be bound by the Conditions of Sale.
Buyers’ premium: There is a buyers’ premium of 15% of the hammer price on each Lot sold. The buyers’ premium only is subject to VAT at the standard rate. There is a minimum charge of £3 in respect of buyers’ premium on any one Lot. Online bidders, that are bidding via the saleroom.com are charged an additional 3%, on top of our commission.

Clearing your purchases: Once the hammer has fallen the item is your resposibility. The buyer must clear purchases no later than the second working day, following the sale. Items may be removed at the buyers risk and expense. All Lots not collected shall remain at the buyer’s risk, and may be subject to a mini¬mum warehousing charge of £2.50 per Lot per day. After 7 days the Auctioneers may re-sell the Lot or Lots by auction or privately, without notice to the buyer, to defray any costs incurred. The Auctioneers disclaim all responsibility for loss, damage or unauthorized removal of uncollected goods.

Gold and Silver: The auctioneers’ do not accept any responsibility for the authenticity or purity of any items not bearing British or Irish hallmarks.
Electrical Items: The auctioneers cannot make any guarantees as to the condition or safety of any Lots wired for electricity. It is recommended that buyers have these items examined by a qualified electrical contractor before use.
Commission Bids: The Auctioneers will be pleased to accept commissions in writing from intending purchasers unable to attend the sale. Printed forms are available for this purpose and must be completed clearly and in full, and if this is not done the Auctioneers reserve the right not to execute the bid or bids. This service is free to prospective buyers and the Auctioneers cannot accept liability for failure to make a commission bid. Instructions given by telephone, in writing or via the Internet are accepted at the buyer’s risk and acknowledge acceptance of the Conditions of Sale. Internet bids must be received before the commencement of the sale.
* If there is more than one commission bid on any particular Lot for an identical amount, and these prove to be the highest bids, the Lot will be sold to the person whose bid was received first.
Agency: The Auctioneers act as agents only and they disclaim responsibility for either buyer or seller.

Indemnity: The buyer shall indemnify the Auctioneer against any claims in respect of any goods sold by them on the vendor’s behalf.
THIRD PARTY LIABILITY: Every person on the Auctioneer’s premises at any time shall be deemed to be there at his/her own risk and with notice of the condition of the premises and the method of arranging the furniture, etc. He/she shall have no claim against the Auctioneers in respect of any injury sustained or any accident, which may occur.