John Nicholson

Founded in 1980, John Nicholson are fine art auctioneers and valuers. From a saleroom in Fernhurst, Surrey, they hold general and specialist sales that include Chinese and Asian Art, clocks, ceramics, furniture, coins and medals.

The firm also provides probate and insurance valuations.


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Map gives a one-sided religious global view

04 March 2024

John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Paintings sale in Fernhurst on February 20 included a good example of The Pictorial Missionary Map of the World - a rarity that appears at auction perhaps once in every decade.

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Betjeman: the personal connection

05 February 2024

Gifts given by the late Poet Laureate to his friend show how interesting items can be bought for three figures

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Turkish artist Orhon into the blue

11 December 2023

Works by the Turkish artist Mubin Orhon (1924-81) can be a valuable proposition.

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Thanks for forming my Moroccan army

13 November 2023

An intriguing inscription on a sword presented to a British army officer by the Sultan of Morocco helped to achieve a hammer price nearly 10 times the top estimate.

Meerschaum pipe

Pipe dream reality: meerschaum magnificence

25 September 2023

An elaborate Victorian meerschaum pipe stood out at a recent Surrey sale.

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Spoon that served a princess

01 May 2023

This medical spoon bears the crest and inscription The Princess Sophia (the 12th child of George III and Queen Charlotte).

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Special allure of provincial silver

24 April 2023

Objects from Norwich, York, Ireland and Newcastle in recent sales give a snapshot of the market

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Rare 17th century silver mug by female silversmith emerges at Surrey auction

06 March 2023

The Assay Office in Norwich closed in 1702, so secular objects in particular that bear the city’s mark are rare. Rarer still are pieces bearing the mark of the only female silversmith registered in Norwich towards the end of that period.

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Napoleon document recognises exceptional bravery

27 February 2023

There is some discolouring and it appears to have spent some considerable time folded up, but this early 19th century vellum document signed “Bonaparte” as Premier Consul was sold for £3000.

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Sumptuous seaweeds at Surrey sale

07 March 2022

A set of the four volumes that make up William G Johnstone & Alexander Croall’s 'Nature-Printed British Sea-Weeds' of 1859-60 was offered in a December 21 sale at John Nicholson’s (20% buyer’s premium) in Fernhurst, Surrey.

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17th century Dutch print of a beached whale emerges at Surrey auction

17 January 2022

In 1602 the Dutch painter and printmaker Jan Saenredam made an engraving of a whale that had been washed ashore near the town of Beverwijk.

Map

Pick of the week: Berry map rarity takes pole position

10 January 2022

Relatively few English mapmakers came to the fore in the 17th century at a time when Dutch cartographers were well ahead of the competition.

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Uncle Brook created real flights of fantasy for kids

18 October 2021

Oddly titled by its creator as such, an extraordinary watercolour featured on August 10 at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Fernhurst.

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Sumptuous Sèvres in UK salerooms

07 June 2021

Range of Sèvres highlights from ancien regime to the empire periods sold in UK auctions

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Liverpool theme grips Atkinson Grimshaw

15 March 2021

The city of Liverpool holds a special place in the oeuvre of John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93).

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‘Signature’ Stobwasser snuff box at £11,000

15 February 2021

Georg Siegmund Stobwasser (1717-76) and his son Johann Heinrich (1740-1829) were among many craftsmen who moved to Brunswick during the Seven Years’ War.

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Two 'exceptional' tribal vessels sold on the same day at different sales

18 January 2021

Two exceptional examples of ethnographic art – one from the north-west coast of America, the other for Polynesia – sold in the UK regions last month.

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Auction previews: issue 2471

07 December 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Lucky lacquer at Surrey sale

30 November 2020

The November 11 Islamic & Oriental sale at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Fernhurst was topped at £6200 (estimate £400-600) by this 19th century cinnabar lacquer table mirror.

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Rowlandson ‘Miseries of Travelling’ plate sells in Surrey

09 November 2020

‘Miseries of Travelling’ is one of the 50 hand-coloured plates that make up an 1808 first edition of Thomas Rowlandson’s 'Miseries of Human Life' – in this instance “Unpacking up your clothes for a journey because your servant is a fool…”.

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