Important Notices For Purchasers


Care is taken to ensure that any statement as to attribution, origin, date, age, provenance and condition is reliable and accurate but all such statements are statements of opinion only and are not to be taken as statements or representations of fact. Martel Maides Auctions reserve the right, in forming their opinion, to consult and rely upon any expert or authority considered by them to be reliable. Martel Maides Auctions for themselves and for the seller of each lot point out that certain terms used in descriptions of lots contained in their Catalogue have the meanings ascribed to them below:

i.   A Named Artist  A work by the artist. When the artist’s forename(s) is not known, a series of asterisks followed by the surname of the artist, whether preceded by an initial or not, indicates that in our opinion the work is by the artist named.

ii.  Attributed to  Probably a work by the artist but less certainty as to authorship is expressed than in the preceding category.

iii. Studio of  A work by an unknown hand in the studio of the artist, which may or may not have been executed under the  artist’s direction.

iv.  Circle of  A work by an as yet unidentified but distinct hand closely associated with the named artist but not necessarily  their pupil.

v.   Follower of  A work by a painter working in the artist’s style, contemporary or nearly contemporary, but not necessarily their pupil.

vi.  Manner of  A work in the style of the artist and of a later date.

vii. After  A copy of a known work of the artist.

viii. Signed and/or dated and/or inscribed  The signature and/or date and/or inscription are from the hand of the artist.

ix.   Bears a signature and/or date and/or inscription  The signature and/or date and/or inscription have been added by another hand.


(a) Bidding Numbers

These will be used at the Auction. Application forms are included with the catalogue.

(b) Buyer’s Premium

A premium is payable by you to us if you successfully bid for a lot. It is calculated at 20% of the hammer price by reference to the hammer price of the lot and is charged in addition to the hammer price. There is no VAT payable on Buyers Premium for items remaining in Guernsey.

(c) VAT

For UK buyers only, 5% Import VAT is payable on the total invoice amount on antiques over 100 years old and this will be added to your invoice. The prevailing rate of UK VAT (currently 20%) is payable on any lots under 100 years old. There is no VAT payable on items remaining in Guernsey

(d) Methods of Payment

Purchases can only be released when full settlement (inclusive of all charges) of all invoices issued to the buyer is received in cleared funds. Before bidding, you should ensure that you have the necessary funds available and be able to pay according to one of the methods set out below. All cheques should be made payable to Martel Maides Auctions. We accept the following methods of payment:

sterling cheque drawn on a UK branch of a bank: all cheques must be cleared before you can collect your purchases, unless agreed with us in advance. Cheques drawn by third parties cannot be accepted;

bankers draft: if you can provide suitable proof of identity and we are satisfied as to the genuineness of the draft, we will allow you to collect your purchases immediately;

cash: we do not accept payments ‘in person’ of more than £3,000 in cash;

bank transfer: ALL payments for gold and silver items MUST be made by bank transfer. All ‘remote payments’ of £1,000 or more must also be made by bank transfer. Please quote your invoice number as the reference. PLEASE NOTE:  A bank charge may apply and payers should “pay/accept all charges” to ensure the full invoice amount is received.

Our bank details are as follows: LLOYDS BANK INTERNATIONAL

For UK Bank Transfers:
Sort code: 30-93-73 A/c No: 43029460 A/c Name: Martel Maides Auctions Ltd - SALES
Payee Ref: Invoice No
For International Bank Transfers:
Address: Villiers House, 2 Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2LN
A/c Name: "Martel Maides Auctions Ltd - SALES" - Payee Ref: Invoice No
BIC/SWIFT: LOYDGGS1001 IBAN: GB14 LOYD 3093 7343 029460

debit cards: there is a limit of £1,000 for payment by debit cards;

credit cards: we are no longer able to accept payment by credit card.

If you have any questions with regard to payment, please contact our client services department.


If you are unable to attend the sale Martel Maides Auctions will bid on your behalf. You should fill in the Commission Bidding Form, which is available at the reception desk. Martel Maides Auctions will endeavour to buy the lot for you as cheaply as possible, other bids and the owner’s reserve allowing. This service is offered without charge. If bids are given to Martel Maides Auctions staff over the telephone then they must be confirmed in writing or by e-mail no later than two hours before the start of sale.


(a) Storage Charges

Any purchases not paid for and collected by 5.00pm on the following Monday, will be moved into Store at a cost of £10 per lot and from that point on will incur storage charges at the rate of £5.00 per day on each and every lot uncleared (regardless of size).

(b) Shipping

Small and medium sized items, which have been paid for will be shipped to Mail Boxes Etc in Portsmouth for purchasers with a UK mainland address or for onward delivery outside the UK. A minimum charge of £10 will be made for this service, dependant on lot size and number of lots.  Purchasers of large items and furniture are required to make their own arrangements for shipping and contact details of Guernsey based removal companies can be provided upon request.

(c) Exportation and CITES

Although there are no major restrictions concerning the exportation of any works of art or antiquities being offered in this Guernsey auction, buyers are obviously responsible for the proper importation of their purchases into their country of destination. Your attention is directed to the CITES regulations in your country and no items subject to CITES can leave Guernsey without a CITES certificate. No ivory items can be sent to the USA.


Please make sure that you have read the Conditions of Sale included in this catalogue.


Check all saleroom notices, as these supersede catalogue descriptions.


Historically many gemstones have been subjected to a variety of treatments to enhance their appearance. Sapphires and rubies are routinely heat treated to improve their colour and clarity, similarly, emeralds are frequently treated with oils or resin for the same purpose. Other treatments such as staining, irradiation or coating may have been used on other gemstones. These treatments may be permanent, whilst others may need special care or re-treatment over the years to retain their appearance. Prospective buyers should be aware that if Martel Maides Auctions have been given or have obtained certificates for any lot in the Sale these certificates will be disclosed in the Catalogue. As a matter of policy, Martel Maides Auctions endeavours to provide certificates from recognised laboratories for certain gemstones. However, it is not feasible to obtain certificates for each lot. In the event that no certificate is published in the Catalogue, buyers should assume that the gemstones may have been treated.

Martel Maides Auctions does not accept any liability for contradictions or differing certificates obtained by buyers on any lots subsequent to the Sale.

Estimated Weights If the stone(s) weight is stated to be approximate, the stone(s) have been examined by a qualified jeweller within their settings. Stated weights are statements of our opinion only. This information is given as a guide and buyers should satisfy themselves with regard to this information as to its accuracy.


Whilst Martel Maides Auctions will endeavour to take all possible care, they cannot be held responsible for accidental damage to plaster picture frames.


The colours printed in this catalogue are not necessarily true.


Clients wishing to bid by telephone are advised to book bids well in advance. Martel Maides Auctions reserve the right to refuse requests for telephone bids at their discretion.