Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions (auctioneers and valuers)



2015-06-26 10:55:10

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5’ auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Noble Investments (UK) PLC we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin’s, and Apex Philatelics. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in London’s Mayfair, Donnington Priory (near Newbury), Bristol and Godalming. We also operate a franchise in Rome (Italy).



Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions offer buyers and sellers the complete range of auction services, combining established local knowledge with all the advantages of an integrated network of salerooms with international reach.


The national team of specialists offer expert advice on all areas of the fine art and antique market, including valuations for possible auction sale, insurance, probate, family division and tax purposes.


The company has salerooms in London, Donnington, Bristol and Godalming, with offices in Tunbridge Wells. We also operate a franchise 'Bloomsbury Auctions Rome' in Italy.

Departments and experts

These include:

  • Jewellery & Watches - James Nicholson, John Kelly
  • Modern & Contemporary Prints - Alexander Hayter, Ross Thomas, Shane Xu
  • Books & Manuscripts - Rupert Powell, Justin Phillips, Max Hasler, Dido Arthur
  • Photographs - Sarah Wheeler, John Cumming (Consultant)
  • Furniture - Richard Madley, Will Richards, James Braxton, Cristian Beadman, Ben Millerchip-Brown, Emma Terry
  • Clocks & Scientific Instruments - Leighton Gillibrand
  • Pictures - Archie Parker, David Rees, Robert Hall, Richard Carroll
  • Oriental Carpets - Richard Madley
  • Silver & Silver Plate - James Nicholson, David Rees
  • On the premises House Sales and single owner collections - James Braxton, Richard Madley, William Richards
  • Tunbridge Ware - James Braxton
  • Objects of Vertu - James Nicholson
  • Ceramics & Glass - Geoffrey Stafford Charles
  • Toys & Collectables - Peter Rixon
  • Militaria - Geoffrey Stafford Charles, Malcolm Claridge
  • Medals - Malcolm Claridge
  • Model Engineering & Railwayana - Michael Matthews
  • Wine - Bruce Cairnduff

Areas of expertise include pictures and prints, antiques, furniture, contemporary and modern design, wine, jewellery and silver, books, ceramics, collectibles, clocks and watches.

The furniture department's team of experts is eight-strong. There is also a sizable team in the pictures department, in addition to the ceramics and glass division.

Smaller and more unusual departments include those for oriental carpets, and model engineering and railwayana.


Notable sales

In March, 2011, it was reported that the diary of a 'Florence Nightingale', the nurse who helped soldiers during World War One, was being sold at auction by her family.

The collection charting Sister Card's career from 1914 to 1919 was expected to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000 at Dreweatt's Militaria auction in Bristol.


Notable sales

A December 2010 sale of 118 lots from the renowned furniture dealer John Hobbs achieved £480,000. The highlight of the sale was an early 19th century giltwood and ebonised ten-branch chandelier, which made £26,840, four times its estimate.

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