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) we provide auction sales, probate and insurance valuations, house clearance, and private sale services.
We hold regular Antiques, Collectables, Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Gold, Coins, Objects d'Art, Clocks, Fine Art, Furniture, and Specialist Auctions across a wide variety of collecting areas throughout the year.
We pride ourselves in offering a professional, friendly and reliable service to all our customers, and help clients in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and beyond.
Our strong client base locally, nationally and internationally, built up over decades of trading, contributes to Batemans standing as a trusted and highly reputable regional 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.
Now run by Greg Bateman at the head of a passionate, vastly knowledgeable and committed team, Batemans of Stamford can offer vendors and buyers an unrivaled service - please get in touch to see how we can help.
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 for Lucille Van Geest 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 hard working and very friendly staff, well established experience, and coinciding with the boom in the Chinese market the business has flourished.
Notable sales include the 22ct gold Cadbury's Conundrum egg sold for £20,640 (inc B.P.); the outstanding collection of Chinese ivories and porcelain from the collection of Hugh Winckworth Winstanley which included a Chinese carved ivory half-tusk which sold for £15,500 (inc B.P.); the collection of Major-General Arthur Hay DSO OBE which included a pair of Cartier Art Deco diamond earclips which sold for £32,400 (inc B.P.) and a Chinese jade dish which sold for £13,200 (inc B.P.); a £40,000 collection of fine Russian silver and cloisonne enamel wares from which a tankard by Pavel Ovchinnikov of Moscow sold for £18,880 (inc B.P.).
Batemans were also appointed to sell the contents from Sacrewell Farmhouse, erstwhile home of William Scott Abbott, Fulbeck Hall, Clipsham Hall, and items from the Estate of the Late Carlo Curley - concert organist and self-proclaimed 'Pavarotti of the organ'...
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. With great specialist knowledge and huge amounts of experience, he also continues to develop 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.
Jan Bateman - Cataloguer, Telephone Bidding Clerk
Jan has worked at Batemans since the very first auction in 2001 helping across all areas of the business. She regularly manages the Telephone Bidding on Sale Days and has more Sale Day experience than any other member of the team - 300+ Sales and counting!
She is a highly experienced cataloguer with a personal specialty in Fine Art – Paintings, Prints and Drawings from her professional background in Art & Graphic Design and lived in America and Spain before setting in the UK with Ron, her husband and Batemans Director. Jan is very fond of Norwich School Art, Bloomsbury Group, 18th and 19th century engravings, and good early English watercolourists such as Turner, Girtin, Prout and Cotman.
Clive Giddings - Saleroom Porter
Clive joined Batemans in 2017 after previously working at Sacrewell and has extensive knowledge in British flora and fauna. He manages all the physical movements of larger lots onto and around the Batemans site, also conducting collections and deliveries in the Batemans Van. He works really hard to setup for each Sale, laying out the Salerooms for the public viewings and Sale Days, he also runs our in house online bidding system during each auction and assists in portering purchased items out afterwards. Between Sales he is photographing the larger items consigned to us, helping customers who visit our Office & Saleroom, and collecting items from clients further afield. He is always on hand through Viewing and Sale Days to help any customers with any queries they might have.
Tiffany Blackett - Saleroom Manager
Tiffany manages the movements all smaller lots as they complete their auction journey through our Ryhall Road Saleroom with huge amounts of organisation, time and effort! Having started in 2016 on a part time basis she moved into a full time role and now works incredibly hard to make sure everything is set out ready for each sale, sees out each lot to the successful buyer and takes care of customers throughout the process. She photographs many of the lots between sales and assists in the overall daily running of the busy Batemans Saleroom. As a trained Veterinarian she also has excellent knowledge of the various species of animal that we come across whether as an example of Victorian taxidermy or as depicted in a piece of Contemporary Art.
Melanie Anderson - Cataloguer & Office Assistant
Melanie has worked in the Batemans Office for several years and is an accomplished photographer and cataloguer. She processes most of the smaller lots into our auction software system, polishing descriptions and photographs to the highest standard we can. On Sale Days she runs the online bidding portals to ensure our sale our broadcast and available to anyone in the world. She is also an experienced ceramics restorer and has even carried out restoration work in Buckingham Palace!. She is always happy to help clients both online and in person with general queries and is a great first point of contact for anyone looking to find out about Batemans and our various services.
Karen Sauntson - Sale Day Assistant
Karen helps in the Batemans Saleroom throughout our Viewing and Sale Days assisting customers in viewing any lots they are interested in, giving any additional information they might need and also safely seeing out anything they have successfully purchased. She is particularly fond of our Jewellery Sales and is there to greet people with a friendly smile during any visit.