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Insurance Valuations

Duke’s are able to provide a comprehensive Insurance valuation service.

Written valuations for insurance purposes can vary from a single item to a large house contents.  Before starting, we will discuss the options available and your requirements, to ensure our valuation is carefully tailored to meet your specific needs. 

Many fine art and chattel insurers have reviewed their risk management strategies and now require an up-to-date valuation of house contents.  In any event, it is advisable for clients with collections of valuable art, jewellery or antiques to have an itemised and bound valuation, to ensure the correct compensation is made in the unfortunate event of a claim.  Such a valuation can help with painful disputes with loss adjusters.

The market price of unique valuables rarely moves in line with inflation.  It can, and does, change dramatically over short periods of time with factors such as fashion and condition having a dramatic effect on price.  A regularly reviewed valuation may help reduce insurance premiums and facilitate the speedy settlement of a claim.

Duke’s offer a bound document, with photographs if appropriate, prepared by an experienced, senior valuer.  We have a broad range of deeply knowledgeable specialists available in order to ensure the highest level of accuracy and service. 

Duke’s valuation service is completely confidential and has a clear and competitive fee structure.

Probate Valuations

We offer a prompt, professional and discreet service to private individuals handling a family probate, professional executors, trust companies and legal representatives. 

We will provide a valuation as required by the Capital Taxes Office detailing the principal items with accompanying digital images if required. 

 Our full professional service includes:

  • A free inspection, or discussion, to assess the need for a formal valuation
  • A detailed inventory and valuation
  • Safe storage of valuables
  • The delivery of bequests
  • The removal of items for sale by auction
  • Complete house clearance if required
  • A competitive and clear fee structure


We also prepare written valuations for

  • Family Division
  • Capital Gains Tax and
  • Private Treaty Sales

 

For further information, please contact the department.


 

Insurance and Probate Specialists

  •  

    Matthew Denney

    Auctioneer and Senior Valuer

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  •  

    Guy Schwinge

    Partner

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Forthcoming Fine Art Sales

Ceramics, Glass and Asian Art, Furniture and Works of Art

27th July 2017

Last date for entries 23rd June 2017.
 

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Paintings, Drawings and Books, Furniture and Works of Art

14th September 2017

Last date for entries 11th August 2017.

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Forthcoming General Sales

Avenue Auction

27th June 2017

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Avenue Auction

18th July 2017

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Previous Fine Art Sales

Silver, Jewellery and Furniture [8th and 9th June 2017]

8th June 2017

Including an Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante, 1968

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Asian Art

18th May 2017

Two include two masterworks by Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010)

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Previous General Sales

Avenue Auction

6th June 2017

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Avenue Auction

16th May 2017

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Featured Lots

  • A FIJIAN 'CANNIBAL FORK' AND SIMILAR LADLE,

    A FIJIAN 'CANNIBAL FORK' AND SIMILAR LADLE,

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  • A PARCEL-GILT AND PARQUETRY BUREAU

    A PARCEL-GILT AND PARQUETRY BUREAU

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  • A FINE GANDHARAN GREY SCHIST BODHISATTVA MAITREYA

    A FINE GANDHARAN GREY SCHIST BODHISATTVA MAITREYA

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  • A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

    A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

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  • A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

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  • AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25' x 20'. Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

    AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25' x 20'. Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

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Contact Us

Duke's,
Brewery Square,
Dorchester,
Dorset
DT1 1GA
UK

Call: +44 (0) 1305 265 080
Fax: +44 (0) 8707 260 101
E-mail: enquiries@dukes-auctions.com

 

Contact Us

Duke's,
Avenue Auctions,
Weymouth Avenue,
Dorchester
Dorset,
DT1 1QS, UK

Call: +44 (0) 1305 257 544
Fax: +44 (0) 1305 259 953
E-mail: avenue@dukes-auctions.com