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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Market-fresh Henry Moore sculpture heads from mantlepiece to auction house

19 January 2022

Dreweatts is offering a market-fresh Henry Moore (1898-1986) figural group sculpture, Mother and Child, on March 16.

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Bottle buyer feeling blue but happy

10 January 2022

In natural light this English ‘black glass’ onion form wine bottle appears distinctly blue.

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Sale reflects centuries of Sitwells

10 January 2022

Fresh generations of the famous family added to hall’s collections to create eclectic mix. Jonathan Franks reports.

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Tiepolo at the double

10 January 2022

It is thought that Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770) executed at least a hundred drawings featuring the Punchinelli, the hook-nosed, humpbacked clowns which were central to the commedia dell’arte. Jonathan Franks reports.

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Sitwell seat sells very well

20 December 2021

Appeal of Weston Hall contents particularly enhanced by 20th century occupants

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Forum and Dreweatts to create new powerhouse

13 December 2021

Gurr Johns acquires London works on paper specialist in auction market shake-up.

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Gurr Johns to buy Forum Auctions

09 December 2021

Art consultancy and valuation firm Gurr Johns has bought books and prints specialist Forum Auctions in an all-share deal.

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Pick of the week: The Ottoman view of the world

22 November 2021

A copy of the first folio atlas ever printed in the Islamic world has sold for £69,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) – the highlight of the first day of Dreweatts’ sale titled Weston Hall and the Sitwells: A Family Legacy.

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Dreweatts sponsors new Historic Houses award

17 November 2021

Auction house Dreweatts has teamed up with Historic Houses, a group of independent historic properties across the UK, to launch an award.

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Henry Moore heads strong Mod Brit showing

18 October 2021

Small bronzes form part of a group of sculptures underlining the market demand at regional salerooms.

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‘Exceptionally rare’ Tippett works at auction

18 October 2021

Another studio sale bringing attention to an artist whose work rarely appears was held at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) via a timed online auction of pictures by Bruce Tippett (1933-2017) that closed on September 16.

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Cockatoo perches on a Meiji vase

18 October 2021

This unusual Meiji period Satsuma vase decorated in overglaze enamels and gilding, with a cockatoo perched on the branch of a flowering magnolia tree, has a gilt seal to the base for the Yabu Meizan workshop.

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Northern Song bought in Hong Kong

18 October 2021

This pair of small qingbai foliate dishes from the Northern Song (960-1127) period comes with a receipt showing they were purchased by the Oxfordshire vendor for HK$16,000 from KY Fine Art in Hong Kong on June 7, 2003.

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Asian art auction previews: Fan of sculpture

11 October 2021

This 3ft 5in (1.03m) buff sandstone figure of a male chauri (fan) bearer from 9th-11th century central India, possibly Rajasthan, forms part of Dreweatts’ Asian Art Part 2 sale in Donnington Priory on November 11.

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A Henry Moore sculpture and a 19th century state carriage are among six lots to watch

11 October 2021

With estimates from £400-80,000, here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Complete copy of the first folio atlas ever printed in the Islamic world

11 October 2021

This complete copy of the first folio atlas ever printed in the Islamic world was discovered in one of the nine attics at Weston Hall in Northamptonshire, home of the Sitwell family for more than 300 years.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s Punchinello

Tiepolo drawing emerges from safe at Sitwell family home ahead of Dreweatts' auction

27 September 2021

A drawing from Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s (1696-1770) Punchinello series is among the highlights of the contents of Weston Hall in Northamptonshire.

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Ottoman panel used as tomb cover sells ten times above estimate at Dreweatts

20 September 2021

This large Ottoman metal thread and silk hanging features a dedication to Sultan Ahmed III (1673-1736).

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Piano restorer David Winston’s ‘unique’ collection comes to auction at Dreweatts

18 August 2021

Newbury saleroom Dreweatts is to offer an impressive private collection of rare pianos in the autumn.

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Antique furniture: Quality counts if condition is poor

09 August 2021

The dictum that class is permanent was borne out in a Newbury saleroom by prices for damaged pieces

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