Ancient Egyptian headrest uncovered in Surrey!

January 12th, 2022

The forthcoming Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers sale of Antiques & Collectables will be held on Wednesday 2nd February 2022 and comprises over 650 lots.

The auction includes a fascinating single owner collection.

One of the highlights of the collection is a rare Ancient Egyptian headrest (lot 43) uncovered by our team. This unexpected important discovery will be offered with an estimate of £6,000 – 8,000.

The headrest, which is over 4000 years old, dates to the 6th dynasty – 2360-2195 B.C – headrests were part of Ancient Egyptian culture for over 2,500 years. Used during sleep they were placed on mattresses to help raise the head, keeping the neck and head cool.

After death, these pieces were taken to their owner’s tombs to be placed with their Mummies for use in the afterlife. Headrests were believed to protect the sleeper both in life and death.

This particularly beautiful piece of antiquity is carved under the pillow with a pair of slender hands in shallow relief. A very similar example can be found in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA and another example carved with hands can be found in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The sale also includes a further piece of antiquity being an Ancient Egyptian sandstone fragment of a goddess (lot 42).

The one to “watch”

November 23rd, 2021


Our recent Antiques & Collectables auction, held on Wednesday 17th November 2021, was a great success with strong prices across all specialist fields.

One of the highlights of the sale was an 18ct gold minute repeater pocket watch, with Westminster chime, c. 1900, which generated a great deal of excitement. This rare timepiece achieved a selling price of £10,500 (+ Buyers Premium).

Unusual and rare pieces sold well, lots of particularly note included: a collection of mid 19th century dolls house furniture reaching £4,400 (+ Buyers Premium); a set of eight Chinese embroidered silk roundels sold for £2,400 (+ Buyers Premium) and rare George III silver tea caddy, York, 1780 achieving £1,600 (+ Buyers Premium).

We are currently accepting entries for our sales scheduled for 2022, for an appraisal please call 0208 468 1010 for email info@catherinesouthon.co.uk



Eleven Scents!

October 20th, 2021

An important collection of mid 18th century porcelain scent bottles are to be included in our forthcoming sales of Antiques & Collectables to be held on Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 10am.

The collection includes several examples made by the Charles Gouyn factory in St. James. Charles Gouyn, who was a partner in the Chelsea Porcelain factory, formed his own company in 1748/9. The ‘Girl-in-a-swing’ factory, so called after their most famous piece, was only first identified during the 20th century. Gouyn, a Huguenot born in Dieppe, was a second generation Jeweller. The scent bottles often feature gold or gilt metal mounts. Several pieces created by St. James can be found in the collections of the V&A, the Royal Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Also included in the sale are bottles created by the Chelsea Porcelain.

This fascinating collection of scent bottles will be offered with estimates range from £300 to £3,000.

All Aboard!

July 30th, 2021

We are delighted to announce our next timed auction will feature a Private Collection of Transport Signs and Ephemera and Part II of our Westminster Council London Street Signs sale. Alongside street signs, which include Regents Street and Parliament Square, we are delighted to offer London Underground signs including Oxford Circus and Bond Street together with Northern Line direction signs and other iconic London Underground collectables and signs. The timed auction will run from 10th – 24th September. Please contact info@catherinesouthon.co.uk for further information or call 0208 468 1010.

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Forthcoming Valuation Days (please call our offices to make an appointment):

Tuesday 18th January 2022 10am – 2pm, Tunbridge Wells Garden Centre, Eridge Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8HR

Friday 21st January 2022 10am – 2pm, Tenterden Town Hall, 24 High Street, Tenterden, TN30 6AN

Tuesday 22nd February 2022 10am – 1pm, Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, Blackheath, SE3 7SE

We hold Valuation Days by appointment at our office located at Chislehurst Business Centre, Bromley BR7 6LH Tuesday – Friday from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Please note that we do not hold Valuation Days during the week of an auction.

We are delighted to announce that we are able to welcome clients back into our office for valuations, please call to arrange an appointment 0208 468 1010.

We can arrange home visits for larger consignments and are able to perform probate valuations. We are also offering to provide valuations by email if preferred.

For an appointment please call on 0208 468 1010 or email info@catherinesouthon.co.uk



Forthcoming Auctions

Wednesday 2nd February 2022

Antiques & Collectables

Auction Catalogue 2nd February 2022

Closed for entries

April 2022

Closing for entries early March 2022.

We are currently accepting entries for sales throughout 2022

Previous Auctions

Wednesday 17th November 2021
Antiques & Collectables

Friday 24th September 2021
Transport and Westminster signs
Online timed auction

Wednesday 15th September 2021
Antiques & Collectables

Wednesday 9th June 2021
Antiques & Collectables – Online live auction

Wednesday 31st March 2021
Single Owner Collection of Ancient & British Coins
Online timed auction

See our previous auction results


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We also produce glossy printed catalogues. These are available to purchase at each auction or can be posted out on request. If you would like to view a PDF of our current catalogue please click below

Printed Catalogue