Meet the Expert
Christina Trevanion, TV presenter and co-owner of Trevanion & Dean Auctioneers & Valuers
When I was a child
in the 1980s my mum would take me to auctions. We couldn’t a !ord new furniture so she furnished our home with secondhand pieces. As a result, I felt at home around antiques from an early age.
My business partner
Aaron Dean and I set up our auction house Trevanion & Dean in 2014. We wanted to earn a living doing something we loved so we decided to take a huge leap of faith. It has been incredibly hard work but it is very rewarding. I love the thrill of the salesroom and "nding things that people didn’t know were valuable.
One of my favourite sales
was the collection of 66 le#ers from Pre-Raphaelite artists including Dante Gabriel Rosse#i, Edward Burne-Jones and John Macallan Swan, wri#en to the Ionides family, which sold for £25,000. Aaron and I spent many evenings transcribing the le#ers – Rosse#i’s handwriting was particularly challenging!
I wish I had been able to buy
one of the Rosse#i le#ers, particularly the one where he is trying to persuade Constantine Alexander Ionides to commission a portrait. He sets out the dimensions and quotes the he$y sum of 700 guineas (around £300,000 today). He goes on to state what other patrons have paid him. He then adds: ‘I mention these prices to show that the picture that I am proposing to you is proportionally low priced.’ It made me laugh so much reading that – an insight into Rosse#i the salesman.
I used to collect
18th-century teapots but children and antique porcelain don’t mix, so my collection is in the lo$ until my daughters are a li#le older.
A collectable Grana watch that sold for £9,000.LEFT A selection of Pre-Raphaelite letters that fetched £25,000.