Henley residents asked to check homes for hidden art treasures as Bonhams arrive for Valuation Week

Following the success of previous valuation days in Henley, Bonhams is once again sending in a team of 10 world-class specialists to offer free valuations for a week from 27th February to 2nd March.

Bonhams offers expertise in no fewer than 60 specialist collecting areas, but in Henley the company will be looking specifically for clocks and watches, furniture and toys, books, ceramics and glass, paintings and sculpture, silver and jewellery.

At previous valuation days in 2011, Henley residents have brought along a number of items which have done well at sale in London and New York.

Top items include:

  • Connells van Haarlem - Portrait of Diana o/c (thought to be lost). Sold for £155,000
  • Ming style pear shaped ewer with Daoguang mark. Sold for £150,000
  • Brain Shields – Jubilee Scene. Sold for £12,800

The venue for the Valuations Week will be Bonhams Henley office, The Coachhouse, 66 Northfield End, Henley-on-Thames.

Items discovered during the week will be consigned to the most appropriate market for sale as Henley is the local gateway to Bonhams' global network of salerooms on five continents.

Guy Haskell, Bonhams senior valuer at Henley, comments: "This area is a treasure chest with an amazing number of highly educated collectors. It is amazing what turns up at our valuation days. This is why this year we are fielding such a strong field of specialists who will be here for a week. We hope to find art and antiques that will excite media interest and that of collectors round the world."


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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