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About Jonathan Pratt

As the is my first ever ‘blog’, I suppose it’s best to start at the beginning. My interest in Antiques began in my early teens, 1986 to be precise, with the first television series of Lovejoy. Before this I wanted to be a vet!

Lovejoy introduced to me a world that I knew nothing about. There weren’t antiques in my parents’ house or my friends’ homes, so the thought of owning something 200 years old was amazing. After a poor academic performance in my A levels I was left with the decision of what to do with my life! It was then that I came across the Fine Art & Chattels Diploma that was run in Southampton by the ISVA (and later RICS) and I decided to forge a career in ‘the Trade’.

Once equipped with enough knowledge to get me a job, I moved to Edinburgh and started as a Porters at Phillips. However, over the following 10 years I worked in salerooms and valuers offices in London, Guildford, Newbury and Sussex finally in 2005 at the ripe old age of 33, being offered the role as Managing Director of Bellmans Auctioneers in Wisborough Green. People always ask me about the TV stuff such as Bargain Hunt and the Antiques Road Trip; they are really good fun to film. It’s great to have an excuse (as an auctioneer) to go to the fairs around the country and meet new people. It’s also interesting to see other peoples salerooms!