Dreweatts

Founded in 1759, Dreweatts is an auction house based in Donnington Priory in Newbury. It is currently owned by Gurr Johns and managed by George Bailey. Gurr Johns bought the firm from the Stanley Gibbons Group in 2017.

Dreweatts’ specialist auctions include: jewellery, silver, watches, clocks, silver, Asian art, European ceramics and antique furniture.


Dr Elena Greer with tortoises

A slow recovery: stolen tortoises resurface after 29 years

19 July 2021

Four Victorian bronze tortoises stolen from National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset have been recovered nearly 30 years later.

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Not just any old ironworks

19 July 2021

Two rare and evocative paintings depicting a 19th century ironworks in South Wales were hotly contested at a recent Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Art Market: John William Godward oil is latest in a run of strong prices

28 June 2021

An unusual number of high prices for pictures has been recorded outside London this season.

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Wardle waxes lyrical with classical theme

28 June 2021

Works by the prolific Arthur Wardle (1864- 1949) appear regularly on the market, most often his paintings of dogs and other hunting animals.

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Wine bottles' journey through history to auction

21 June 2021

Two bottles of 1889 Tokaji Essencia, Zimmerman Lipot will be offered in Dreweatts’ Fine and Rare Wine and Spirits sale on July 8.

‘Karva Chauth’ by William Daniell

Five pictures that caught bidders’ eyes at Dreweatts’ Old Master sale

04 June 2021

The latest sale of Old Master, British and European Art at Newbury saleroom Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) on May 27 included some strong bidding for 19th century works.

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Bed courtesy of Collier & Plucknett

31 May 2021

This half-tester bed with its carved heraldic lions and painted and gilt panels is part of an extensive bedroom suite made c.1870 by Collier & Plucknett.

Catherine de’ Medici picture

News In Brief – including news of a portrait of Catherine de’ Medici returning to Strawberry Hill House

24 May 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including news of Strawberry Hill House acquiring a group portrait of Catherine de’ Medici and her children.

Collier and Pluncknett bed

Rare Aesthetic bedroom suite and a famous bare knuckle boxing print feature in our pick of five auction highlights

21 May 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a bedroom suite from c.1870 that made 16-times estimate and a print depicting a famous bare knuckle bout that sold for over 10-times predictions.

Samuel Pepys Cockerell by George Frederic Watts

Victorian art collection comes to Dreweatts from family of artist Samuel Pepys Cockerell

19 May 2021

A group of nine pictures directly from the family of the artist Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1844-1921) will be offered at Dreweatts in Newbury later this month.

Elaine Binning

Familiar faces, new dealerships and new shops are among the latest industry updates

18 May 2021

Among this week’s latest Movers & Shakers is a familiar face for Dreweatts and news of two auctioneers turning dealers.

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Fire-breathing monster to own

03 May 2021

This late Ming (17th century) jade water pot in the form of a chimera will be offered by Dreweatts on May 19.

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Edward Seago: the artist favoured by the royal family

03 May 2021

Edward Seago was a favourite of the establishment, royals in particular, but has a wider appeal such as his views of Hong Kong

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Old Masters impress in Berkshire

03 May 2021

The best competition at a recent mixed-category sale came for two Old Masters.

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Furniture prices looking good in Berkshire auction

03 May 2021

Fifteen furniture lots make five-figure sums as Dreweatts bidders show encouraging confidence

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Chelsea teapot takes £14,000 bid

03 May 2021

This unmarked teapot and cover, offered by Dreweatts, dates from the first decade of porcelain production at the Chelsea factory.

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Bureau sets second-highest Mouseman result at auction

03 May 2021

Morphets (20% buyer’s premium) of Harrogate sold a Mouseman bureau for a tub-thumping £36,000 on April 15.

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Beaton photos flourish in the saleroom

12 April 2021

When Cecil Beaton photographed the Wyndham-Quin sisters in 1950, he chose to copy both the setting and poses used 50 years earlier by John Singer Sargent in The Wyndham Sisters.

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Work of ‘modern day Grinling Gibbons’

15 March 2021

This late Victorian carved lime and soft wood panel is by James Peake (c.1839-1918), a carver and gilder.

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Grima and Omega – the About Time partnership

08 March 2021

At the peak of his fame in the 1969, the Anglo-Italian jewellery designer Andrew Grima was invited by Omega to create what would become the About Time collection.

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