The business commenced in the early 1920s when Rowland Gorringe opened offices in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, as an estate agent and auctioneer.
He held many sales in properties in Lewes and it's environs, most famously being instructed to sell the contents of Lewes House, a collection built by the American art connoisseur and collector Edward Percy Warren. This sale created international interest as, in addition to a remarkable collection of early furniture and works of art, it included the major works - Auguste Rodin's 'The Kiss' ('Le Baiser') and 'The Portrayal of Adam and Eve' by Lucas Cranach The Elder. This sale was certainly the talk of the county and was followed by a series of instructions to sell country house contents.
In 1945, Rowland Gorringe was instructed to sell a country house and contents, north of Lewes, known as Roeheath. After the successful sale and with the property unsold, he received the instructions to sell several property contents which were brought together for a collective sale again at Roeheath.
Up until this time, collective sales had been regularly held at Wallands House in Lewes, the last sale there taking place in September 1945. Just after the war in 1946 Gorringes moved to its current site at 15 North Street in Lewes.
December 2008. Gorringes toast to a succesful launch of their new saleroom. A complete overhaul of the galleries included underfloor heating, introduction of a new customer cafe and overall contemporary feel to the interior.
November 2008. Gorringes pioneer internet selling on Artfact live with all catalogued sales listed and illustrated on the internet as well as being hosted on the Artfact.com website which can be accessed by up to 80 million internet users worldwide. Clients are able to bid live over the internet on these sales. In the saleroom all lots are shown on screen showing the internet activity. Subscribe to Artfact live auction and bid live with Gorringes.
November 2007. Gorringes announce plans to re-develop their auction rooms.
October 2002. Gorringes are pronounced the winners of the prestigious B.A.C.A. Award for the Best Provincial Auction Rooms
2001 Lewes. Gorringes Incorporating Julian Dawson formed by a merger with Lewes Auction Rooms, the other established auction rooms in Lewes. The new partnership operates from 2 salerooms with regular Antiques and Fine Art catalogued auctions at North Street and weekly Antiques, Collectables and Household auctions at Garden Street. Julian Dawson continues as a partner and continues to play an active role,exercising his considerable auctioneering talents on the rostrum every Monday. This merger enables Gorringes Incorporating Julian Dawson to offer clients a complete clearance service.
1999 Lewes. A new picture gallery opens in time for our January sale. With its excellent lighting it has proved extremely popular with our clients at our North Street saleroom for the viewing of both pictures and jewellery.
1998 Lewes. As the number of vendors increases with every sale we commission the building of a new gallery at our North Street saleroom to display the antiques in a more decorative fashion, enabling our many purchasers to view them in a less crowded environment.
1998 Tunbridge Wells. December sees the completion of the refurbishment of our new premises at 15, The Pantiles, where our bookshop - which opened on 4th January 1999 - N.B. This office is now been located to 85 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1PX. It carries an extensive stock of reference works on fine and applied art, collectables and antiques. The bookshop is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays, 9.30am to 5.00pm.
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