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.


Cabinet

Five lots to watch at auction this week including an Art Nouveau cabinet and a novelty silver pencil by Tiffany

21 January 2019

With estimates from £250 to £12,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

Wine cisterns

Five lots to watch at auction this week including George III mahogany wine cisterns, a sweetheart brooch and a Cedric Morris painting

14 January 2019

With estimates from £150 to £20,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Salerooms steam in with toy treats

14 January 2019

Christmas has little, if any, effect on collectors of vintage and antique toys, but that doesn’t stop auctioneers mounting festive season specials.

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Furniture: bright signs for the best

21 December 2018

While the market shows increasingly discerning tastes, quality definitely counts at auction.

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Sewing boxes head to new homes and chess set checks in

17 December 2018

The two sewing boxes modelled as houses shown below were made for different markets but both had strong appeal to UK collectors.

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Stuart and early Georgian silver from early 20th century collector starts Kent sale with aplomb

17 December 2018

On the market for the first time in at least 60 years, and in some cases for more than a century, a small collection of 17th and 18th century silver accounted for a fraction of the lots but 20% of the total at the two-day winter sale at Canterbury Auction Galleries (24% buyer’s premium).

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Meiji cloisonné provides boost to English salerooms

03 December 2018

An unusual dish from the workshop of Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) sold for £18,000 at Woolley & Wallis on November 14. But this was not the only example of top-tier Meiji cloisonné for sale last month.

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Rockefeller pattern Chinese export porcelain ware brings demand at Dreweatts

03 December 2018

Among the most coveted of all the standard Chinese export porcelain designs is the so-called ‘Rockefeller’ pattern or Palace ware.

Card tables

Preview: Dreweatts has high hopes for a pair of George III marquetry card tables and a Rodin cast this week

19 November 2018

Revitalised by the arrival in late summer of former Bellmans chief Jonathan Pratt as managing director, Dreweatts is preparing for two key auctions at its Donnington Priory saleroom this week on November 21 and 22.

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Cash in the Alnwick Castle attic

19 November 2018

Including, as it did, pieces from Alnwick Castle, an ‘attic sale’ based on the Duke of Northumberland’s home was guaranteed to generate more interest than many similarly titled auctions.

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Online sale discovers fascinating Burton collection

12 November 2018

A recent online sale that ran to just 35 lots and closed on October 25 offered a single-owner collection of works by the Victorian explorer and writer, Sir Richard Burton.

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More gems from the turn of the century

12 November 2018

Dr Anne Shannon would no doubt have admired these three pieces of turn of the century jewellery sold at UK regional salerooms in recent weeks.

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Creative Devlin at Dreweatts

12 November 2018

This amethyst and cultured pearl ring and brooch is by Stuart Devlin (1931-2018) – the Australian-born designer and craftsman the Duke of Edinburgh described as “probably the most original and creative goldsmith and silversmith of his time, and one of the greats of all time”.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week (October 29-November 4, 2018) including a rare silver chocolate stirrer

29 October 2018

From the first book ever written in the Antarctic to a silver chocolate stirrer, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Lucy Gregory makes NAVA final

29 October 2018

An auctioneer from Dreweatts made the final of this year’s NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition.

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Fans on the crest of a wave of interest

29 October 2018

In its short nine-sale history, Kingham & Orme (22% buyer’s premium) has experienced considerable success selling fans, 55 of which were included in the October 5-6 mammoth sale attracting bids from round the world. Many were of museum quality.

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Regional rooms to repackage traditional fare

01 October 2018

Two leading regional auction houses – Lyon & Turnbull and Dreweatts – are trying new format sales this autumn in the hope of increasing demand for traditional European art and antiques. Both are creating room sets for viewing works.

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Five-figure sums for sculpture, furniture and bronze politicians across early autumn sales

24 September 2018

What still feels to many like the opening month of a new season got off to an excellent start with some serious, if occasionally unexpected, five-figure bids at four major provincial salerooms.

Lucy Gregory

Line up for NAVA’s Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition revealed

05 September 2018

Auctioneers from Christie’s, Chiswick Auctions, Dreweatts and Brettells will take part in this year’s NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition.

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Sculpture in the spotlight at Dreweatts auction

13 August 2018

The first stand-alone British and European sculpture sale to be held by Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium) was a solid-enough affair to justify department head Cristian Beadman’s belief that there is an exploitable gap in the market.

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