The firm has its roots in the long established Art & Antiques division of Bruton Knowles. Founded in 1862, Bruton Knowles is one of the longest running property consultancy brands in the UK and for much of that time the Fine Art & Antiques division played a major role, handling the chattels side of clients' estates, probates, insurance valuations and house sales. These were the roots of the client-led firm, Simon Chorley Art & Antiques Ltd, which began in 2006, when the entire Art & Antiques division moved to its current saleroom and offices at Prinknash Abbey Park, under its new banner but with same team and expertise. The firm, in its current rebrand as Chorley’s, is still not only one of the most important regionally, but also one of the most progressive auction houses.
The firm conducts frequent auction sales and also carries out valuation services for private clients. Clients are referred by professionals in the legal, insurance, accountancy, property asset and banking professions. Clients likewise come through word of mouth, through family records of historical valuations carried out by members of the team, or after coming in contact with the firm through its many works in the community for charity and community projects deemed worthy. Valuation work can be done for insurance purposes, probate, family division or sale. The firm also provides expert witnesses to police investigation and crown prosecution, as well as valuation work as regards identifying and quantifying fine art & antiques seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
We are committed to sustaining the care of clients, often sent to us by professional referrers from the legal, insurance, accountancy, property asset and banking professions who are confident in their association with our team. We recognise that personal and family possessions are a major asset and work to address clients' concerns and make those assets work harder, achieving the right result for each individual.
In all elements fine art & antique valuation as well as sale of chattels, there is a very specific and clear code of Due Diligence; upheld by members of the Society of Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers & Valuers, to which this firm belongs.