• Fine Silver, Jewellery, Watches and Pens

    28th June 2018

    Impressive George III Silver Gilt Tray
    by Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith, London 1806
    Estimate: £40,000-£60,000

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  • Fine Silver, Jewellery, Watches and Pens

    28th June 2018

    Ruby, Diamond and Cultured Pearl Pendant Necklace
    Estimate: £1,200-£1,800

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  • The Wolfgang Gawor Collection of Cars and Motoring Memorabilia

    7th June 2018 at 4pm

    Thomas Flyer 1908 Flyabout
    Sold for £270,250

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  • Summer Fine Art

    8th June 2018 at 10:30am

    Austrian enamel and gilt metal pedestal bowl
    Sold for £11,200

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  • Asian Art

    21st May 2018

    A rare ‘Number One’ Jun tripod narcissus bowl early Ming Dynasty
    Provenance: George Eumorfopoulos and A.C.J. Wall
    Sold for £300,000

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Trophy won by a Wimbledon Gentleman's Champion to go under the hammer

We are nearing that time of year again when all eyes turn to a leafy corner of South West London and the demand for Strawberries and cream goes through the roof.

Long before Sir Andy Murray was the British hope, every June and July at the Wimbledon Championships there was a golden age for British Gentleman’s tennis. From the prestigious tournaments inception in 1877 to Fred Perry’s final championship in 1936 (after which followed the famous 77-year drought broken by Murray’s maiden title in 2013), A British man won 35 out of a possible 56 Gentleman’s singles titles, including an astonishing 30 in a row between 1877 and 1906.

A part of this incredible success came in the form of Arthur William Charles Wentworth Gore. A runner-up in the last final of the 19th century, Gore would claim the first of his three Wimbledon title in 1901, overcoming losing the first set to defeat Reginald Doherty in four sets. Titles followed in 1908 and 1909, the latter making him the oldest Men’s champion at 41 years and 182 days, a record he still holds to this day.

Gore was a fixture at the All-England Club for 38 of his 60 years, playing doubles well in to the 1920’s and a trophy won by Gore is to be offered for auction in Dorchester on 28th June. The twin handled silver trophy cup, standing just under 20cm tall, is simply inscribed “Won by A.W. Gore” and was gifted by the player to a grateful couple, as marked by a further inscription “To Gladys & Norman, Souvenir of Wimbledon, 1924”. Now consigned to auction by the descendants of the couple, it boasts a modest estimate of £300-600, but due to its rich sporting history and fascinating story is sure to receive a lot of interest from tennis fans in SW19 and beyond.

The trophy is lot 208 in our forthcoming Fine Silver, Jewellery, Watches & Pens sale on June 28th.

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Welcome to Duke's

Welcome to the Dorchester Fine Art Salerooms, which are centrally located in the county town, close to the main Dorchester South railway station. 

Trains run hourly to London Waterloo (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes) and there are airports at Bournemouth and Exeter. The Saleroom is surrounded by an ample car park. If you require further information please contact the saleroom

Dorchester Fine Art Salerooms

Photography By Jonathan Gooding