Ewbank's are the Premier International Antiques and Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers in Surrey and Hampshire, holding quarterly Fine Auctions; and regular specialist sales of Jewellery, Silver, Clocks, Watches and Instruments, Fine Art, Ceramics, Antique Furniture and Works of Art. We also hold specialist auctions throughout the year, including Entertainment and Memorabilia, 20th Century Art and Design, Asian Art, Militaria, Garden and Architectural, Textiles, Fine Wine and others. Ewbank's also hold monthly Antique and Collectors' auctions. As Surrey's leading independent auctioneers we pride ourselves on being a family firm providing the best service, knowledge and expertise.
Chris Ewbank came to Guildford in 1982 and founded Ewbank Fine Art Auctioneers in 1990. In 1994 having initially held auctions at the Hog's Back Hotel, he acquired our present premises the Burnt Common Auction Rooms. It is a very prominent out of town location just off the A3 with acres of parking, ten minutes away from junction 10 of the M25 and about 4 miles from Guildford; Woking main line station is 4 miles with frequent train services to Waterloo (25 minutes). It is an ideal location for our business. Also with a Hampshire office Ewbank's have valuers covering the home counties and beyond.
As a family run firm with the highest ethical standards we are dedicated to giving clients and buyers an efficient and friendly service. We have always maintained the highest standards, adhering to the principles of probity and ethics of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers, of which we are Members. Most of our new clients come to us on recommendation, from professional advisers or existing clients and as the costs of selling by auction in Central London have rocketed we have benefited from the general trend in recent years for more important items to be sold outside the capital. This was illustrated as long ago as 2007 when we sold the Robertson Collection of items from the Studio of Francis Bacon. The sale created enormous worldwide interest and achieved a total of over £1M.
Catalogues are produced and circulated to prospective purchasers by post and E-mail. Digital illustrations of all lots in all of our sales, which receives approximately 2,000,000 page visits per annum. Buyers are attracted from all over the world through www.theauctionroom.com; www.liveauctioneers.com, and our own live bidding platform Ewbank's Live which charges no additional online buyers premium saving buyers up to 6% and meaning more can be spent on clients items. Buyers can participate in all of our auctions from a PC anywhere at the time that the auction is actually in progress through live audio and video links. This gives us an enhanced global marketing ability which we see as the way forward for the Fine Art auction profession; our investment in a strategy of embracing technological advances and updating our data storage facilities is maximising our ability to achieve the best possible prices for our clients.Chris Ewbank has taken a very active part in the leadership of the profession within the UK. He has been a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is past Chairman of its Art and Antiques Professional Group. He is also an elected Member of its International Governing Council ( the highest decision making body in the Institution). He joined the Committee of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers in 1994, (he first became a member in 1982), and was Chairman from 2000 - 2007. He has also in recent years been on the Executive Committee of the British Art Market Federation and was one of the first to join the new City of London Guild of Arts Scholars.
Chris is also the Founder and Chairman of the Association of Accredited Auctioneers, a collection of over 20 of the most prominent regional auctioneers in the UK who have joined forces to market their services in selling Western Art and Antiques globally and to facilitating sales to Chinese mainland buyers. The Association has now held two sales of Western Art in mainland China in 2013/4 in association Chinese auctioneers..
We maintain very close links with the estate agents Clarke Gammon Wellers who are dedicated to providing a complete property service to all clients meaning we are now able to offer executors a complete property and contents valuation and disposal service, based on the CGW network of offices and the Burnt Common Auction Rooms. All sales are conducted at our Surrey Salerooms.