Richard Harton Under the Hammer

ISBN 13: 9780751506334

Under the Hammer

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780751506334: Under the Hammer
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The first of an autobiographical series recounting the day-to-day working life and experiences of a young Sussex-based fine art auctioneer. Covering the decade from 1966, Richard Harton tells his story in a humorous and anecdotal manner, introducing the reader to a wide variety of people.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly:

He started at 17 as a stock boy in a fine art auction gallery in Sussex, England. Here, Harton recalls how, during his 10 years of apprenticeship, he became a connoisseur equally adroit in cosseting eccentric, elderly clients and at wielding the auctioneer's hammer. Though occasionally overwritten in the effort to amuse, his portraits of optimistic sellers of supposedly priceless family heirlooms--and self-styled experts at pre-auction viewings vainly hoping to sniff out buried treasure--have sharp verve. The author also conveys the thrill of finding a trove of Japanese ivories on the Isle of Man and the discovery of a "gravy boat" in a village kitchen that turned out to be a rare chamber pot of the kind used by ladies of Louis XIV's court.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Harton's first book glibly recalls his initiation into the auction business in a provincial town in England. His encounters with people who consign their furniture to the gallery for future sales are marvelous. In a typical Harton faux pas , he catches his necktie in a desk drawer while desperately trying to impress the lovely daughter of a client with his knowledge of antiques. His adventures, with the concomitant glimpse into the machinations of a most unpretentious auction gallery, can be enjoyed by a wide audience. As the book ends, Harton is about to make crucial decisions about his future. One hopes we can expect a sequel.
- Patricia C. Heaney, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780312059811: Under the Hammer

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0312059817 ISBN 13:  9780312059811
Publisher: St Martins Pr, 1991
Hardcover

9780708927700: Under the Hammer

Ulvers..., 1992
Hardcover

9780747407119: Under the Hammer

Time W..., 1992
Softcover

9780356190945: Under the Hammer

Macdonald, 1991
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Harton, Richard
Published by Time Warner Paperbacks
ISBN 10: 0751506338 ISBN 13: 9780751506334
Used Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Time Warner Paperbacks. Condition: Very Good. 1992. Paperback. Some shelf wear, but still very good. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # KTJ0013496

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 13.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Harton, Richard
Published by Time Warner Paperbacks (1992)
ISBN 10: 0751506338 ISBN 13: 9780751506334
Used Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Time Warner Paperbacks, 1992. Condition: Very Good. 1992. Paperback. Some shelf wear, but still very good. . . . . Seller Inventory # KTJ0013496

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 13.09
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Harton, Richard
Published by Time Warner Paperbacks (1992)
ISBN 10: 0751506338 ISBN 13: 9780751506334
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books Ltd
(Dunfermline, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Time Warner Paperbacks, 1992. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP102697048

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 12.93
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.26
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Harton, Richard
ISBN 10: 0751506338 ISBN 13: 9780751506334
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR003949075

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 14.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.79
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Harton, Richard
ISBN 10: 0751506338 ISBN 13: 9780751506334
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR002816643

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 28.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.79
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Richard Harton
Published by Sphere 02/04/1992 (1992)
ISBN 10: 0751506338 ISBN 13: 9780751506334
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bahamut Media
(Reading, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Sphere 02/04/1992, 1992. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 6545-9780751506334

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 98.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.54
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Richard Harton
Published by Sphere (1992)
ISBN 10: 0751506338 ISBN 13: 9780751506334
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AwesomeBooks
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Sphere, 1992. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Under The Hammer This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Seller Inventory # 7719-9780751506334

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 98.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.54
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds