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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Lowestoft cat gets the cream

19 March 2018

Despite their small size and often unsophisticated appearance, Lowestoft models of animals are highly collectable.

Bristol opaque white perfume bottle

The Joyce Paretti collection of perfume bottles – 12 auction highlights from £500 to £5000

21 February 2018

Multi-estimate results greeted the Joyce Paretti collection of perfume bottles sold by John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst in two instalments.

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Liner creates sale waves

19 February 2018

This oil painting of the RMS Queen Mary, below, by marine painter William McDowell (1888-1950) was taken to a multi-estimate £12,000 at Surrey saleroom John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium).

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Summer shower in Surrey saleroom

29 January 2018

A small painting by Scottish artist Robert Gemmell Hutchison (1855- 1936) took a mid-estimate £6000 at Surrey saleroom John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium).

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Anna Mahler bronze sculpture comes to auction in Sussex

25 January 2018

Anna Mahler may be best remembered as the daughter of the famous Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, but she was an accomplished artist in her own right, winning the Grand Prix at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937.

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Previews: £5001 - £30,000

02 January 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Fortune favours Maori art again

16 October 2017

The currently vibrant market for Oceanic art was made plain to staff at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) of Fernhurst in February this year when a Maori putorino or bugle flute, estimated at £50-100, sold to French dealer for £140,000. Surely, similar good fortune would not be repeated any time soon?

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An open and shut case for rare Louis Vuitton box

16 October 2017

The European decorative arts that preceded the tribal session at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer's premium) on October 10 had included a handful of notable bids, not least the £14,500 (estimate £300-500) tendered by an Italian buyer for a small early 20th century Louis Vuitton leather box measuring just 11in (27cm) across.

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Doulton market shines twice with Double Jester

25 September 2017

The second Royal Doulton figure to buck the generally lukewarm market within a fortnight, a 'Double Jester' figure designed by Charles Noke, was the star of a 1000-lot collectables sale at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) at Haslemere on September 7.

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Maori artefacts with 180-year history

25 September 2017

A collection of Maori artefacts with an unbroken provenance dating back to their acquisition by early English missionaries to New Zealand will be offered at John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst on October 5.

Maori artefacts

Maori artefacts traced back to early English missionaries come to auction in Surrey

20 September 2017

A collection of Maori artefacts with an unbroken provenance dating back to their acquisition by early English missionaries to New Zealand will be offered for sale at John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst on October 5.

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Buyers take latest coach in Hampshire

10 July 2017

Over the last four months, a steady trickle of coaching scenes has been making its way onto the market via John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium).

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Previews: £5001 - £30,000

19 June 2017

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

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Monthly picture sales reap rewards

22 May 2017

“I think the secret to our success is that we now hold an art sale every four weeks.” A 90% sell-through rate from 400 lots was the latest bullish stat to come out of John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) monthly picture auctions, started this year by specialist Buffy Parker.

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Sleeping bugle awakens at £140,000

04 March 2017

Estimated at £50-100, this Maori flute sold for £140,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) at John Nicholson’s of Haslemere on February 23.

Chinese cloisonne tripod censer

Surrey vendor sells £2 charity shop Chinese censer for £21,000 at auction

02 January 2017

A woman from the village of Hindhead in Surrey made a spectacular return on a £2 charity shop purchase when her small Chinese censer was knocked down at auction for £21,000.

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Far Eastern market grows for Chinese Export silver

08 August 2014

It’s only recently in the decade-long boom in Chinese works of art that Far Eastern buyers have come to appreciate once again the merits of Export silver. Once a neglected area, academic interest has been piqued in the subject as the marketplace moves in leaps and bounds.

New representative lists tips for dealing with Chinese buyers

30 June 2014

The new Chinese representative at John Nicholson’s auctioneers has set out a seven-point plan for how to connect properly with Chinese clients.

Call for data protection review to tackle rogue bidders

24 October 2013

Auctioneer John Nicholson has called for a review of data protection rules when it comes to alerting salerooms to serial non-payers and problem bidders.

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Tokyo treasure at £25,000

30 July 2012

This intricate ivory okimono group from c.1880 took £25,000 at the most recent sale held by Nicholson’s of Fernhurst.

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