Chris Ewbank came to Guildford in 1982 and founded Ewbank Fine Art Auctioneers in 1990. In 1994 having initially held auctions at the Hog's Back Hotel, he acquired our present premises the Burnt Common Auction Rooms. It is a very prominent out of town location just off the A3 with acres of parking, ten minutes away from junction 10 of the M25 and about 4 miles from Guildford; Woking main line station is 4 miles with frequent train services to Waterloo (25 minutes). We believe this to be the ideal location for our business.
We are dedicated to giving clients and buyers an efficient and friendly service and, over the years, have always tried to maintain the highest standards, adhering to the principles of probity and ethics of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers, of which we are Members. Most of our new clients come to us on recommendation, from professional advisers or existing clients and as the costs of selling by auction in Central London have rocketed we have benefited from the general trend in recent years for more important items to be sold outside the capital. This was illustrated in 2007 when we sold the Robertson Collection of items from the Studio of Francis Bacon. The sale created enormous worldwide interest and achieved a total of over £1M.
Catalogues are produced and circulated to prospective purchasers by post and E-mail and full details, including digital illustrations of almost all lots in our quarterly Antique and Fine Art auctions are posted on this site, which receives approximately 1,000,000 pages visits per annum. Buyers are attracted from all over the world. Through artfact.com and invaluable.com they can participate in our quarterly sales from a PC anywhere, at the time that the sale is actually in progress through live audio and video links. This gives us an enhanced global marketing ability which we see as the way forward for the Fine Art auction profession; our investment in a strategy of embracing technological advances maximises our ability to achieve the best possible prices for our clients.
Chris Ewbank has taken a very active part in the leadership of the profession within the UK. He has been a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is currently Chairman of its Art and Antiques Professional Group. He is also an elected Member of its International Governing Council ( the highest decision making body in the Institution). He joined the Committee of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers in 1994, (he first became a member in 1982), and was Chairman from 2000 - 2007. He has also in recent years been on the Executive Committee of the British Art Market Federation and was one of the first to join the new City of London Guild of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors.
In April 2009 Ewbank Auctioneers merged with Clarke Gammon Wellers fine art auctions. Clarke Gammon have been holding auctions in Guildford for over 75 years and their roots go back to the establishment of Wellers in the 19th Century and of Clarke Gammon in 1919.
We maintain very close links with CGW who are dedicated to providing a complete property service to all clients. Senior partner of CGW Tony Jamieson is also a partner with Chris Ewbank in the newly merged business. Associate partners include auctioneers and valuers Andrew Delve and John Snape who have been with Ewbanks for some years. One of the consequences of the merger is that we are now able to offer executors a complete property and contents valuation and disposal service, based on the CGW network of offices and the Burnt Common Auction Rooms.
In 2010 the business formed a strategic association with South Coast antiques and fine art auctioneers Riddetts of Bournemouth, a business founded in the 19th Century. We now have a resident valuer at our Bournemouth office, Steve Ozier tel 07811 665055. All sales are conducted at our Surrey Salerooms.