Chorley's history and current team
The firm has its roots in the long established Art & Antiques division of Bruton Knowles. Since 1862 Bruton Knowles, with its headquarters in Gloucestershire, has been the Cotswolds' largest and one of the most important provincial firms in the country. Through their years of work with private clients they are also one of the oldest firms of chartered surveyors and property consultants in existence. For all 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 division moved to its current saleroom and offices at Prinknash Abbey Park. Now trading under the shorter name Chorley’s, the company has expanded into two salerooms and continues to thrive.
As well as frequent auctions, Chorley's 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. In all elements of our fine art & antique valuation service, as well as sale of chattels, Chorley's uphold a very specific and clear code of Due Diligence, as stipulated and monitored by the Society of Fine Art & Antique Auctioneers & Valuers and The Association of Accredited Auctioneers.
Simon Chorley Art & Antiques Ltd. trading as Chorley's
Registered in England and Wales No. 5857433
Registered Office: Staverton Court, Staverton, Cheltenham, GL51 0UX