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.


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George Bailey back at Dreweatts as end beckons for Bloomsbury Auctions

09 October 2017

Update (July 2019): auctions resumed at Bloomsbury in 2018 following Gurr Johns' purchase of Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in 2017. In February 2019 it expanded the number of sales at its London office at 16-17 Pall Mall. The original story is below.

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Gurr Johns buys auction houses Dreweatts and Bloomsbury

02 October 2017

Art consultancy and valuation firm Gurr Johns has bought auction firms Dreweatts and Bloomsbury from Stanley Gibbons for £1.25m.

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Watercolour master Cotman displays his drawing talents

28 August 2017

Fine examples of John Sell Cotman’s (1782-1842) draftsmanship appeared at separate auctions in the south of England.

Mark Law leaves Dreweatts

21 August 2017

Mark Law has left Dreweatts in Donnington Priory, with the future of the firm now unclear.

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Mark Law’s Dreweatts deal folds

07 August 2017

Mark Law’s deal to buy auction firm Dreweatts and the Mallett brand from stamp dealer group Stanley Gibbons has collapsed.

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Extension given to Mark Law to complete purchase of auction house Dreweatts

01 August 2017

The completion of Mark Law’s deal to buy Dreweatts from stamp dealer group Stanley Gibbons has been delayed for a second time due to a change in financial backing for the £2.4m purchase.

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Mark Law Dreweatts deal ‘delayed over funding’

17 July 2017

The completion of Mark Law’s deal to buy auction house Dreweatts from stamp dealer group Stanley Gibbons has been delayed due to a change in financial backing for the £2.4m purchase.

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Delay in Stanley Gibbons' sale of auction house Dreweatts to Mark Law

14 July 2017

The completion of Mark Law's deal to buy auction house Dreweatts from stamp dealer group Stanley Gibbons has been delayed due to a change in financial backing for the £2.4m deal.

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Mark Law to revive general sales at Dreweatts

26 June 2017

The new owner of Dreweatts in Newbury is to bring back a monthly general sale.

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Preview: £30,000 plus

19 June 2017

ATG's weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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A Swell sale under Dreweatts' new ownership

19 June 2017

“I’m enjoying quite a honeymoon period,” said Mark Law, new joint owner of Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium). He took on the day-to-day running of the Newbury auction house on May 9 ahead of taking over formally with investor partner Gavin Alexander later this summer.

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Pick of the Week: Skeaping leaping to a new height in Mod Brit market

30 May 2017

Dreweatts has set a new auction record for the 20th century British sculptor John Skeaping (1901-80). At Donnington Priory on May 24, this 2ft (60cm) pink marble carving, Female nude, right, signed and dated 1928, sold to Cork Street dealership Browse & Darby for £90,000 (£111,600 including premium).

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New owner of Dreweatts plans to run auction business day-to-day

15 May 2017

The new boss of Dreweatts says he sees “huge potential” for the saleroom as it reverts to owner-management focused on its headquarters in Newbury.

No regrets as Stanley Gibbons breaks up Interiors unit

15 May 2017

Back in 2013 and with great fanfare, stamp dealership Stanley Gibbons revealed to the stock market that it had bought a group of art, antiques and collectables specialists.

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Mark Law becomes new owner of auction house Dreweatts and dealer Mallett

09 May 2017

Former auctioneer and ceramics specialist Mark Law and investor Gavin Alexander have bought auction firm Dreweatts and dealer Mallett from stamp dealership Stanley Gibbons.

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Stanley Gibbons sells auction firm Dreweatts and dealer Mallett

09 May 2017

Stamp and coin dealership group Stanley Gibbons has sold furniture dealer Mallett and auction firm Dreweatts to a newly formed company.

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Ticking the right clocks boxes in regional sales

24 April 2017

Confirmation of market tastes in horology could be gleaned from major spring sales in the provinces...

Keeping a watch on the witchfinders

24 April 2017

Published in 1631 in Rinteln, a small town in Lower Saxony, Friederich Spee’s Cautio Criminalis, seu de Processibus Contra Sagas is a first edition in much later boards of a book that has been described as the first serious attack on witchcraft trials and their use of torture.

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Furniture rarities raise market morale

18 April 2017

Three high-quality sales from the north to the south gave a cheerful air to spring. The catalogue at Tennants in North Yorkshire pretty much covered the range but in Sussex and Buckinghamshire the emphasis was on furniture.

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Going Gothic, super Staffs and terrific tankard

18 April 2017

Dominated as they were by furniture, the March sales at Lewes and Donnington Priory included other highlights.

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