Meet the Ex­pert

Christina Tre­van­ion, TV pre­sen­ter and co-owner of Tre­van­ion & Dean Auc­tion­eers & Val­uers

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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.

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