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After an absence of sixteen years, the City of Winchester once again has an auction saleroom with the re-opening of the The Red House. This landmark building in Hyde Street (SO23 7DX) has been restored and renovated and is now open as Bellmans Auctioneers and Valuers, under the leadership of Jonathan Pratt and Iain Rushbrook. Bellmans will now be holding monthly auction sales of Antiques and Interiors in Winchester in addition to their monthly auctions in Sussex, and are currently accepting consignments for their first Winchester sale, which will take place on Tuesday 13th September.
Jonathan Pratt has been at the helm of Bellmans’ Sussex Saleroom for over ten years. A Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain since 1999, Jonathan has previously worked as a valuer for Phillips and Sotheby’s, with a particular specialism in jewellery, and he enthuses that “Bellmans are so excited to maximise the potential of the beautiful listed Red House, which, with its spacious and elegant original interiors, will provide the perfect setting to display objects d’art and collector’s items at the Winchester monthly auctions. When clients contact Bellmans, our links and history mean that they will benefit from the expertise of both salerooms”. Jonathan will be joined by Iain Rushbrook, a familiar figure in the city and in the county of Hampshire: educated in Winchester, Iain has worked as an auctioneer and valuer in The Red House for over 30 years, most recently as Director of the UK Board of Bonhams Auctioneers. Now a Senior Director with Bellmans, Iain has a particular passion for silver, European ceramics and furniture, and says that he is “thrilled about once again being able to hold auction sales in the city after such a long absence”. Completing the team of valuers is another familiar Winchester resident Julian Dineen, a keen rugby player who has a Masters in History of Art from St Andrews University, and who, after five years with Bonhams, will take particular responsibility for consignments of pictures and watches.
Open valuation mornings are being held at The Red House every Thursday between 10am and 1pm, with both Iain and Julian on hand to help with enquiries and provide advice about consigning for auction. Throughout the year there will also be regular specialist valuation days for more niche items including books, wine and Asian art. These will capitalise on the link with the Bellmans Sussex Saleroom, with the Asian art valuation days being headed up by Bellmans consultant Philip Howell, who brings with him over twenty years valuation experience after previously running the European and Oriental Ceramics department at Sotheby's.
Bellmans will be enthusiastically involved with events within the local community – staff members Jonathan Pratt and Rachel Morgan are currently training hard as they will be running the Winchester Half Marathon on September 25th, in aid of The Rosemary Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support respectively. Jonathan will also be giving a talk to the Winchester Women’s Institute in October, and has asked that his talk fee be donated to a local charity.
The first auction at The Red House in sixteen years will be on view from Friday 9th September, and will be fully illustrated online from Tuesday 6th September. Online bidding is available via the-saleroom.com. For more information and to register your interest, please contact Bellmans Auctioneers directly on 01403 700858.