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.

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Medieval bible bought at auction to return to Canterbury Cathedral after 500 years away

02 August 2018

Canterbury Cathedral has bought a rare illuminated bible once owned by one of the last members of Britain’s monastic community before the Reformation.


Jonathan Pratt takes MD role at Dreweatts

23 July 2018

Jonathan Pratt, among the best-known faces of the UK regional auction scene, is to leave Bellmans to become managing director of Dreweatts 1759.


Hailwood makes quick return with Dreweatts

09 July 2018

Wristwatch expert Adrian Hailwood has joined Dreweatts as a senior specialist.

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Dreweatts, Mallet and Saatchi Gallery team up to remember Berenice in mod Brit exhibition

03 July 2018

Dreweatts 1759, Mallett and SALON, the project space at Saatchi Gallery, have teamed up to stage an exhibition of the paintings of British artist Berenice Sydney (1944-83), her first major UK show in 30 years.


A welcome breeze for fans of fans

18 June 2018

Two notable single-owner collections, augmented by items from the round of Oriental art sales, made spring a bumper crop in the specialist world of fans.


Market with buyers happy to splash cash

23 April 2018

If a 74% selling rate points to continued selectivity among furniture bidders, the hammer total of £534,000 achieved at Dreweatts’ (24% buyer’s premium) 275-lot Fine Furniture and Works of Art sale showed they also have money to spend – “a trend we’ve seen for a while now”, said auctioneer Ben Brown.


Eagle tables soar to £65,000 result

09 April 2018

Despite visible condition issues, a pair of carved giltwood console tables, catalogued as c.1740 and later, sailed past modest expectations to bring £65,000 (plus 24% premium) at Dreweatts 1759 of Donnington Priory.

Soapbox: Does promoting the age of your auction house enhance its brand?

02 April 2018

Two views on the big questions facing the trade… This week we ask whether promoting the foundation date of an auction house benefits the business' branding.


Warehouse collection fresh to market casts a spell on bidders

12 February 2018

Billed as a collection, possibly better described as a hoard, the contents of boxes stored in warehouse units were “the magic ingredients for auction goers” according to Dreweatts’ deputy chairman James Nicholson.


Early longitude trials survivor up at auction

05 February 2018

A pendulum clock used in an early longitude trial will be offered for sale by Dreweatts next month.


Mallett reunited with Dreweatts as Bailey plans relaunch of brand trio

05 February 2018

Antiques dealership Mallett and book specialist Bloomsbury are to be relaunched this year after being reunited with former stablemate Dreweatts.


Mallett reunited with Dreweatts and Bloomsbury after sale by Stanley Gibbons

31 January 2018

Antiques dealership Mallett has been reunited with its former stablemates Dreweatts and Bloomsbury following a £100,000 purchase by Gurr Johns-owned Dreweatts.


Pick of the Week: Warehouse reveals a treasure trove as Indian miniature takes £80,000 at Dreweatts' auction

29 January 2018

“Every auctioneer dreams of being instructed to handle a wide-ranging collection lovingly put together over decades and then packed away out of sight.“


Gross weighs in to make impact

15 January 2018

He was among the most prolific and longest serving official war artists of the Second World War, yet Anthony Gross (1905-84) remains an obscure name among 20th century British talents.


Buyers take note of Algernon Newton

15 January 2018

Algernon Newton (1880-1968) is one of those British artists whose pictures went unnoticed for many years.


Previews: £30,000 plus

15 January 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.


Previews: Up to £500

02 January 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.


Hammer comes down on Mallett stock

27 November 2017

The last remnants of Mallett’s stock, including a clutch of 18th century pictures, were offered in a final sale in Berkshire on November 8.


Prime Pilkington by talented pottery artist

06 November 2017

Offered at a wider-ranging, paintings and decorative arts sale at Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium), this Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian lustre vase, below, would have stood out at a post-1860s design sale.


Dreweatts set third Mallett stock sale date

16 October 2017

Newly-independent Dreweatts will hold a third – and probably final – Mallett stock sale from Donnington Priory next month.