House Sales and Private Collections

House Sales and Private Collections

House Sales and Private Collections

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Our experience
Dreweatts has over 260 years of experience managing and offering House Sales and Private Collections on behalf of our clients and their estates. Over this time, we have formed a leading reputation, working closely with clients to build, research and market their collections. We recognise that private collections, often assembled over a number of years, may present a unique historical snapshot of a particular property, family or collecting passion. This is something that we feel passionately about and strive to present a sympathetic yet effective route to auction, whilst also providing a lasting memory for owners. Dreweatts’ experienced team combine careful sale planning with creative marketing strategies and bespoke exhibition design to ensure that each collection achieves optimum results, making Dreweatts the auction house of choice to bring distinguished collections to market.

A Bespoke Approach
Dreweatts provides an entirely personalised approach with respect to coordination and curation. Buyers are increasingly driven by the story and provenance behind collections and we work closely with our clients to present these narratives in highly informative and imaginative ways. We understand the complexities associated with offering a collection at auction and we provide expert and professional advice at every stage.


Specialist Knowledge
Our specialists are very well respected within the art market.  Our broad knowledge base and experience cover all auction disciplines, ensuring that every item within a collection, from furniture, paintings, carpets and works of art to contemporary design, jewellery and watches, is given the attention it deserves.


Research
We consider research to be one of the most important elements of our single owner sales and we take time to ensure that every item is fully described and illustrated with provenance fully researched and detailed.


Innovation
Dreweatts attaches great importance to finding innovative new ways to engage buyers including collaborations, ambitious digital and social media campaigns or simply a well-presented catalogue. Our ability to innovate around traditional formats has enabled us to achieve strong results for our clients even with the obstacles placed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been the first to offer a virtual house sale, using Dreweatts 360 technology and our remote viewing service, which enables our clients to bid and buy with confidence.


Past Sales
Dreweatts has curated many exceptional private collections, and recent auctions include:

  • January 2021: Aynhoe Park: The Celebration of A Modern Grand Tour
  • November 2020: Spirit of the English Country House: Property from James McWhirter, James Graham Stewart and Alexander Di Carcaci
  • July 2020: Property from the Ballyedmond Collection
  • March 2020: The Collection of Sir William Whitfield CBE
  • May 2019: The Collection from Plaish Hall, Church Stretton, Shropshire
  • May 2019: -Oakley House: The Collection of Eustace Gibbs, 3rd Baron Wraxall
  • October 2018: The Selected Contents of Kingstone Lisle Park, Oxfordshire
  • May 2017: Abbotswood, Gloucestershire: Selected Contents
  • November 2016: The Property of the Viscount Norwich and Lady Diana Cooper
  • May 2016: The Contents of Finchcocks Musical Museum and The Richard Burnett Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments

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