About

About us

Smiths Auction Rooms were established in 1975 in the attractive market town of Newent near Gloucester. We have built up an excellent record as a small provincial saleroom offering high quality monthly sales of antiques and collectables. We strive to offer a friendly and welcoming approach to all our customers combined with a reputation for an efficient and professional service.

Smiths may be a traditional country saleroom, but we always like to keep up to date with the latest technology. We produce excellent illustrated online catalogues and now host two online bidding platforms which attract a worldwide audience of many hundreds of bidders.

 


 

Our experienced and knowledgeable valuers are backed up by a team of expert consultants and specialists which means clients can feel that they are receiving the best service possible for their sales and purchases. All our sales offer a full range of antiques and collectables including furniture, ceramics, glass, paintings, silver, gold & jewellery. We also offer specialist sales for stamps, coins, postcards, militaria, jewellery, silver, 20th century design and advertising collectables.

The saleroom is highly organised with a systematic approach to administration which results in an exceptionally efficient and smooth-running auction of which we are extremely proud. However, one of our greatest talents lies in our determination to provide an attentive personal service to suit the individual needs of all our customers.

Smiths are members of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers.

 


 

Smiths Team

 

Rita Kearsey ASFAV - Auction Manager & Senior Valuer

Rita has been involved in auctions all her professional life since studying for three years on the renowned Southampton ISVA/RICS course for auctioneers and valuers. On leaving she gained employment at a busy auction rooms in Kingston Upon Thames and found herself on the rostrum selling her first lots within two weeks!  Having worked her way up to Auction Manager she ran a team of ten staff holding weekly sales of antiques and general items. Rita then decided to combine her career with motherhood by running her own valuations business working for solicitors and banks over an extensive area of South London. This later developed into additional consultancy work for several local salerooms. On moving to Herefordshire with her husband she took over the management of the saleroom at Newent and used her antiques knowledge and saleroom experience to build on it’s reputation and improve consignment values.

Gina Ramsay - GIA Diamond Graduate

Gina has joined Smiths in 2021 as an Assistant Valuer and Auctioneer and brings with her an expert knowledge of jewellery backed up by a GIA Diamond Grading Certificate. Initially starting out as a Fine Art Graduate Gina decided that she wished to put her passion for antiques and jewellery at the forefront of her career and is currently keen to develop her knowledge in all areas of the auction business. Gina loves to meet and interact with customers but is most content when searching in boxes for hidden treasures and cataloguing customers trinkets and collectables. 

Tim Payne

Tim has been working for Smiths Auctions for over ten years and although ostensibly the transport and packing manager he is so much more than this. Providing a very considered approach and careful pair of hands Tim offers an excellent transport service as well as assisting with photography, cataloguing, online bidding and so much more!

 

Christine Dorrington

Christine has worked as the administrative manager at Smiths  Estate Agents for over ten years and during this time she has provided auction assistance as a regular ‘side line’. Recently she has moved full time to run the auction office and her excellent customer manners and efficiency are often the first point of contact for clients when they visit or telephone the saleroom.

 

Sally Harry

Sally has worked at Smiths around her young family, assisting in a variety of roles over the years. She must enjoy it as she has now returned once more to provide us with her ‘razor sharp’ admin skills as well as operate our latest online bidding platform and assist with the packing and postal post sale process.

 

Nick Fresson

Following on from a distinguished army career Nick concentrated on his childhood interest in Philately  and has now taken on the role as Smiths Stamp Consultant. Nick’s excitement and enthusiasm for the stamp auctions is boundless and he has really developed this specialist area into the success it is now through sheer determination, expert knowledge and devotion.

 

John Monteith

John has worked diligently as Smiths Coin consultant providing an excellent coin and notes valuation service for many years. Once again, he has great enthusiasm for his specialist subject and loves to pull out a special coin he has found hiding in a box of ‘just old change’. The twice-yearly coin sales have proved to be extremely popular in this buoyant online market and it has been a real bonus to have Johns skills at hand to build this up as a specialty area for Smiths.

 

Barry Meade – Manager and Auctioneer

Barry is the owner of the Smiths Auctions and Estate Agents as well as Davis Meade Estate Agents and Agricultural Agents in Marshfield near Bath. Although Barry spends the majority of his time running the agricultural agency side of the business, he absolutely loves his stint on the rostrum at the monthly antiques auctions in Newent.