Batemans is the leading Auction House and Valuers based in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Established in 2001 and members of The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA) providing auction sales, probate and insurance valuations, house clearance and private sale services. We hold regular Antiques, Collectables, Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Gold, Fine Art, Furniture and Various Specialist Auctions throughout the year.
Working to a high professional standard whilst retaining a friendly approach to all our customers, we cover Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and beyond. With a strong client base locally, nationally and internationally Batemans is firmly established as a trusted and highly reputable Auctioneers and Valuers.
Using the latest technology in our modern Saleroom, with decades of experience in our highly skilled and hard working team, and by promoting each and every lot to maximum effect we can offer vendors an outstanding selling service and provide buyers an exciting array of carefully selected items across a vast range of collecting areas.
Founded by fine artist and antiques dealer Ron Bateman with his daughter Kate Bateman in the centre of Stamford on Broad Street, auctions in the early days took place in the Corn Exchange theatre. David Palmer joined as a new principal Auctioneer in 2005 and with his appropriately theatrical selling style bidders crowded to be part of the action and excitement that exemplifies auction days at Batemans.
In 2006 a landmark single owner sale from the finest house on Tinwell Road in Stamford turned Batemans into a regional auctioneering force and set the stage for continued growth. Autumn 2008 saw an overdue move to permanent premises on Ryhall Road in Stamford which Batemans still occupies today. With a growing staff, well established experience and coinciding with the boom in the Chinese market the business flourished.
Now run by Greg Bateman at the head of a passionate, vastly knowledgeable and committed team Batemans can offer vendors and buyers an unrivaled service and we look forward to helping you soon.
Greg Bateman - ASFAV, BEng (Hons) - Managing Director and Valuer
Greg took over Batemans in 2011 managing every aspect of the business as well as working as a Valuer. Many will have seen him before as helping in a variety of different roles ever since Batemans held their first auction in the Broad Street saleroom. Greg is particularly fond of Regency and French 18th century furniture, clocks, watches and vintage wine, in fact it will often be Greg you speak to regarding the sale of any furniture, wine and spirits, and for any larger or high value private consignments. He carries out many of the client visits and so is often out and about in Rutland, Lincolnshire and the surrounding counties. He is always an excellent first point of contact for anyone wishing to use any of Batemans' services.
Sophie Chapman - BA (First Class Hons) - Senior Valuer
Sophie started at Batemans in 2012 in a part time role and is an integral member of the valuations team and at Batemans overall. She now manages the Valuations desk full time, dealing with clients both selling and buying, and is able to advise on almost every subject, whether jewellery, ceramics, artworks, collectables or furniture. Having worked previously at Bonhams and Phillips in London she has a wealth of experience, excellent judgement, and is always happy to assist our clients. She has a particular interest in jewellery, militaria (antique arms and armour) and textiles.
Rupert Pink - MA (Hons) - Valuer
Rupert joined the Batemans Valuations Team in mid 2019 having started his auction house career at Cheffins. Most recently a role at Willingham Auctions furthered his overall knowledge and skills built up over the last ten years. He brings an real collectors eye to the valuations side of the business as well as helping to bring in items of value and interest to Batemans from further afield. He is developing his rostrum skills and will occasionally be seen wielding the auction gavel on Sale days as well as his more usual roles in the Valuations Office and managing day to day activities in Stamford.
David Palmer - Auctioneer
Renowned for his colourful waistcoats, David is our regular auctioneer for our monthly Fine Art, Antiques & Collectables sales. His witty auctioneering style makes auction days a true spectacle and great fun for all involved. Having auctioned for Batemans for well over ten years, he is a long standing and greatly experienced part of the team.
David has also featured as an expert on Flog It! and is available as a freelance auctioneer for charity events. He can be often seen auctioning a wide variety of items at other auction houses and events throughout the south of England and will always be happy to talk to excited fans or seasoned auction enthusiasts about his many years of selling the weird and wonderful!
Anna Westin - Asian Art Consultant
Anna has been working in the Asian Art world for over twenty years. Having read Chinese art and ceramics at Hong Kong University and later at Uppsala University in Sweden, she has pursued a career in Chinese art via various dealers and auction houses. Starting at Teresa Coleman Fine Art in Hong Kong, specialised in Chinese textiles, she then moved to Stockholm joining Stockholms Auktionsverk, and in 1995 went on to head the Chinese department there. There she found a love of Chinese Export art and mark and period porcelain gleaned from the superb collections to be found in Sweden. She helps auction houses, collectors and private clients all over the UK with valuations for insurance or sale. Her passion is for Transitional blue and white porcelain of the 17th century, together with good white jades and monochrome scholars' wares. Anna has the added advantage of having worked on both the buying and selling side, which gives her an all round view of the market.
Ron Bateman - ASFAV, MFA, SATC - Director and Consultant Valuer
With a masters degree in Fine Art and over 40 years in the antiques trade, Ron Bateman is our Senior Valuer and Director at Batemans. His vision in launching our auction house and his charisma, generosity and work ethic has helped Batemans become one of the leading auction houses in the region, selling over 10,000 lots per year. His passions include fine paintings and drawings, books, clocks, objects d'art and pre-18th century furniture as well as portrait miniatures and items of unusual architectural interest. Ron works on the Valuations desk several days a week and also carries out some visits to clients at their own homes. With an impressively broad knowledge, and combined with various specialist areas of interest, his is a hugely experience eye that our clients trust and appreciate.
Kate Bateman - ASFAV, BA (Hons) - Director and Consultant Valuer
A founding member with Ron in the company, valuer and Director, Kate is probably the most widely recognised at Batemans due to her regular appearances as an on-screen expert for the popular BBC TV antiques programmes Flog it! and Bargain Hunt. Kate specialises in all things small: pottery and porcelain, jewellery, silver, objects d'art, militaria, stamps and coins, etc. etc. Kate is currently living in America but occasionally flies back to the UK and comes into Batemans to help in the Valuations Office. Early in 2016 she has had her first e-book published, titled 'To Steal a Heart', the first in a series of three. We are sure enthusiasts will enjoy reading this historical romantic novel, combining Kate's love of history and antiques with a captivating plot.