About Us

About Us

Catherine Southon BA MA, Director

Catherine has worked in the world of antiques for over 20 years. She began her career working at Sotheby’s Bond Street initially cataloguing sales in the Collectors Department. Catherine quickly became Head of Scientific Instruments and Maritime Works of Art, cataloguing a number of prestigious sales including The Time Museum sale in New York and London. After working at Sotheby’s for 8 years, Catherine subsequently became a general freelance valuer before deciding to return to the world of auctioneering. In the past ten years Catherine has become a well known expert and presenter on a number of BBC Antiques programmes including Bargain Hunt, Flog it!, Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, and Trade Secrets. She has also contributed to a number of books including Judith Millers ‘Dictionary of Art and Antiques’. Catherine established her auctions in 2012 initially holding two sales a year. This quickly escalated to six Fine Art and Antiques auctions per year, and she is known for selling interesting and good quality works of art often from private local collections. Catherine’s love is Modern British art and Fine early silver. Her favourite item sold to date is a pair of Victorian silver salts in the form of kangaroo’s which sold for a whopping £18,000!!!!

Mark Stacey, Consultant

Mark has worked in the antiques trade for over 20 years. During this time he has worked for a number of auction houses including Bonhams, Dreweatt Neate Fine Art and Sotheby’s. Mark has a good general knowledge of antiques and collectables, although his passion lies with 20th century Decorative Arts. Whilst working for Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers, Mark has consulted on a number of collections.

Barbara Dixon, Head of Jewellery

Barbara has worked in the auction world for over 25 years and has an excellent general knowledge. However Barbara’s passion and main area of expertise lies with jewellery, pictures and Chinese works of Art. Whilst at Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers she has been responsible for cataloguing and researching some significant jewellery collections including The Mitchel Maer for Christian Dior Collection which sold for over £10,000. Barbara holds weekly valuations of jewellery on a Wednesday at Ripley Arts Centre, and also carries out probate and insurance valuations by appointment. Barbara was also responsible for recently discovering a rare gold medal plaque which sold for a staggering £21,000.

Neassa Quin, Cataloguer

Neassa recently joined the company in 2016 and is an excellent general valuer and cataloguer. Alongside Catherine, she carries out general valuations at our Ripley Arts Centre every Tuesday and Thursday.

Nicola Minney, Administrator

Nicola has been with the company since the beginning in April 2012, and is a valuable member of the team. She is always able to answer all our clients queries with a smile.


We are delighted to announce that as of November 2014 we will be holding regular auctions at Farleigh Court, Old Farleigh Road, Selsdon, Surrey CR6 9PE. This venue is on the ground floor with plenty of free parking and is just off the main road between Selsdon and Warlingham. The venue is a 15 minute taxi ride to East Croydon and Warlingham stations which have direct links to London Victoria.

Our office is based at Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, Kent BR1 2PX. The Company trades as Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers Ltd. The Company’s registered office is: Lygon House, 50 London Road, Bromley, BR1 3RA. Company Registration Number 08020183. Registered in England and Wales

Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley.

Delphin Massier (1836-1907) majolica pottery group. Sold for £7000 plus premium.

A rare pair of Victorian silver salts by Hunt and Roskell modelled as kangaroos. Sold for £18,000 plus premium.