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Will Farmer

Director & 20th Century Design and Glass Specialist

Will’s love of antiques can be traced back to the tender age of just six months when he was taken to his first auction by his mum. Parked underneath the auctioneer’s rostrum in his Silver Cross pram he slept soundly and only cried on leaving the saleroom, a clear indication of a future career! His childhood was spent scouring auctions and antiques shops around Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire with his mum and gran with the weekend of hunting rounded off by settling down to watch the Antiques Roadshow before school the next day. Back then Will's dream was to one day appear on the show, with something from his own collection...

Fast forward forty (or so) years and you’ll find a career auctioneer whose passion for ceramics, glass and 20th Century design goes well beyond the working day. A keen collector himself, Will’s idea of time off is, well... more of the same! Will is never happier than when searching out the things he loves, from Deco to Danish or Mid-Century to Modern! And the Roadshow dream... that came true back in 2004 when a chain of events led Will to be invited to join the Antiques Roadshow team as a specialist in ceramics, glass and 20th Century design.

What started out as a childhood interest has become a life’s passion and as Will always says, his job is his hobby and his hobby is his job! Even to the point that when he is being lowered into the ground, he would like the priest to say ‘going, going, gone’!

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My favourite lot

Lot 174 - A contemporary hallmarked silver coffee pot, London 1973, Robert Welch
Estimate £400-600 to be sold in our Christmas auction 7th December SOLD £1,450

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BACK AND BUSY

Fieldings are so pleased to announce that we are back and fully operational.  Our customers may notice a few changes to our normal working...

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Friday Fun Quiz - Ceramics challenge

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU - Fieldings Friday Fun Quiz.....UPDATE WITH ANSWERS The weeks are flying round here at Fieldings Auctioneers and thankfully...

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Throw back Thursday - Robert Welch - Everyday Icon

Robert Welch - Everyday Icon   Robert Welch was one of designs quiet stars, a skilled craftsman with an eye for simple elegance. His work...

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Tutorial Tuesday - For the Love of René Lalique

For the Love of Lalique!   As leading glass specialists Fieldings Auctioneers handle everything from 18th Century drinking glasses to...

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Throw back Thursday - Josef Hoffmann and the...

Over land and sea......Will Farmer tells of the story of a stunning Wiener Werkstätte vase by the great Josef Hoffmann which travelled from...

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What........Wednesday - The sale of Wordsley Manor

What.........a sale! In the modern world of auctioneering, house sales are now few and far between but when Fieldings Auctioneers were instructed...

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Tutorial Tuesday - The Art of Emile Gallé

Poetry in Glass - The Art of Emile Gallé Fieldings Auctioneers handle more glass than any other saleroom in the country and today our very...

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Friday Fun Quiz - 20th Century Decorative Arts...

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU - Fieldings Friday Fun Quiz..... Well there's another week gone but its Friday now and the weekend is here so I thought...

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Tutorial Tuesday - The work of Josef Lorenzl

Josef Lorenzl – Deco Delight Will Farmer takes a look at one of the leading lights of the Art Deco era whos work included captivating...

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Throw back Thursday - Dame Lucie Rie

Its that time of week again where we look back through the Fieldings archive at some of our favourite finds! Today Will Farmer takes a look at the...

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What.........Wednesday - A story of a flying ace!

'What can you tell me about.......' So following on from our first ever 'What.......' Wednesday last week we were contacted by one of our...

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Tutorial Tuesday - Collecting Vintage Film Posters

Lights, camera......action In todays eclectic world of collecting film posters have become big business. A combination of nostalgia and graphic...

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What........Wednesday - Time to unlock the answer

TIME TO UNLOCK...... The answer?   The story?   The value?   It’s What.......Wednesday here at Fieldings...

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Fieldings Friday Facts - Antique Stained Glass

Got a bit of time on your hands? Everyday, over the next few weeks we will be posting a daily artice, to hopefully keep you entertained This...

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Fieldings moving forward

Fieldings moving forward......   Following the recent advice and update from government, we are pleased to announce that we will able to...

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The funny little birds do it again !

In recent years we have sold nearly fifteen of these wonderful little 'Pulcino' hand blown glass birds, with slender copper legs and Murrine eyes...

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DECADES OF DESIGN AUCTION NOW LIVE

Our 7th March sale is now available to view online This amazing 900 lot auction, is full of a diverse and eclectic mix of ceramics, sculpture,...

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We are preparing our 7th March Decades of...

We can't wait to show you  We are currently cataloguing and photographing our March Decades of design auction, and we are excited to show...

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Fieldings to sell their 10,000th piece of...

    Fieldings Auctioneers were established in 2001, since that year we have become market leaders in the sale of Clarice Cliff pottery...

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Selling Clarice Cliff pottery at auction

Brilliantly Bizarre and Fabulously Fantasque...Clarice Cliff is one of the most instantly recognisable ceramic designers of the 20th century. Love...

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A Buyer's Guide by Will Farmer

Our very own director Will Farmer writes a monthly 'Buyer's Guide' article for lifestyle magazine Midlands Live-24 seven  CLICK TO VIEW...

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Video highlights from our January 2020 Auction

The January Auction   Watch the video highlights from our 11th January auction.  Director Will Farmer sells an amazing Royal Worcester...

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A sneak peek at our January Sale, Saturday...

If you can't get to our auction, take a look at our video of the saleroom. You may spot something you like ! VIEW OUR VIDEO HERE   Still...

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Director's Cut

Catch up with your favourite TV experts now!   Broadcast on BBC1 on 3rd January, Series 17 episode 14 of Flog it ! filmed at Tilbury Docks,...

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Fieldings Christmas Advert 2019

Don't forget our Christmas auction, 9.30am Saturday 7th December! Why not come down and see us? We are open for viewing: Thursday 5th December...

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A day out at Moorcroft Pottery, Stoke on Trent

On Saturday 16th November our very own pot-a-holic Will got to take a day away from the saleroom and head up to Stoke on Trent for a magical day...

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Just in the Nick of time for Christmas

Nick Davies (Director and jewellery, silver and watch specialist) talks us through the upcoming Christmas auction, that will take place on...

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We are not just a pretty face !

Many of our specialist valuers and auctioneers you will recognise from your screens. Would you like us to come and see you? We are happy to come...

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Brown paper packages tied up with string...

...here are a few of our favourite things  Auctioneers and valuers pick their favourite lots in Saturday's (16th November)...

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Don't forget Will on the Antiques Roadshow...

Will filmed at the beautiful 18th Century National Trust property located near the village of Strangford, in County Down, Northern Ireland over...

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Simply weird & wonderful

On Saturday 26th October, Fieldings are to offer the most wonderful collection of items that could only be described as eclectic!  The...

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Will Farmer... back on our screens

Antiques Roadshow series 42 now broadcasting, don't miss Will... 29th September  Will Farmer, Director at Fieldings Auctioneers has been an...

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Movers and shakers of the Contemporary Glass...

Twenty artists from the Contemporary Glass Society have consigned works to be included in our 5th October Decades of Design Auction.  All...

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Auction Life magazine Autumn 2019

Twice a year we produce our company magazine 'Auction Life' which tells our clients and potential clients about the exciting lots we have sold and...

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Very rare piece of Clarice Cliff to go under...

The Clarice Cliff 'Bowling' 18inch charger, was an exceptional find and discovered in the Surrey area by our very own Will Farmer.  This...

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Libby January : An Artist's studio sale

On 5th October 2019, Fieldings Auctioneers will be hosting the 'Artist's Studio' sale of Artworks by the late Libby January. Fieldings are...

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Collecting Italian glass

by Will Farmer    When people talk about Italian art glass, they are usually referring to the vases goblets, and decorative objects...

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Birmingham TV: West Midlands Treasures ad 4

We've filmed 4 adverts for Birmingham TV for the July Mantiques auction - watch and see what you think!

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The magical world of Piero Fornasetti

by Will Farmer  Over the last 10 years Fornasetti’s designs have become more and more popular as his son Barnaba and now company...

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Antiques Roadshow update

Filming is currently underway for the next series of Antiques roadshow, so our very own Will Farmer is busy travelling the country unearthing your...

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