Established in 2004 by Duncan and Elizabeth Chilcott, this independent family firm of Auctioneers & Valuers was founded with an ethos of delivering friendly and professional customer care, with openness and transparency. Since then, the Chilcotts’ team has grown in number but still takes pride in maintaining this approach.

In 2020 the Company was able to purchase The Dolphin Hotel in the centre of Honiton High Street. After eight months of renovation, this historic coaching inn reopened in May 2021 as 'The Dolphin Salerooms', fully equipped to meet the needs of a modern Auction House.

Our philosophy

“We put our heart and soul into helping our Customers. Everyone at Chilcotts, whether they are answering enquiries, appraising items, marketing and displaying the auctions, administering payments, carrying, packing or dispatching, feels personally responsible for delivering outstanding results. We believe that our vendors, buyers and valuation clients should receive the same friendly and professional personal attention.”

Chilcotts' team of specialists provide valuations for sale, probate, insurance and family division; their knowledge and experience cover a broad spectrum of the Jewellery, Fine Art, Antiques,  Design & Collectors markets.  When necessary, their knowledge is supplemented by consultants who are leading experts in their fields. The Company also benefits from experienced Saleroom and Administration staff. The Company's Press Officer, Sue Cade, ensures that our clients’ items receive full media coverage.  Meet the team.

In recognition of Chilcotts’ integrity, knowledge and experience, the Company was admitted to membership of The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers in 2013. SOFAA is the United Kingdom’s foremost professional organisation seeking to encourage the highest standards of probity and ethics within the Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers industry; Chilcotts is the only firm of auctioneers in East Devon to be members of SOFAA.