Jonathan Pratt Biography – Jonathan Pratt Wiki
Jonathan Pratt is an English antiques expert and auctioneer. He is well-known for his regular television appearances on BBC’s Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog It! He specializes in Jewellery, watches, English furniture and Persian carpets.
Jonathan Pratt is the managing director of Dreweatts. He was appointed Managing Director of Dreweatts in August 2018. He first worked at Dreweatts as a porter in 1991. During his first stint at Donnington Priory, Jonathan was involved in the successful Fawley Court house sale, which he says served as his “baptism into the auction business”.
Dreweatts is a leading UK auctioneer of Fine Art, Furniture, Sculpture, European and Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, Modern Design, Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Clocks, Wine, Manuscripts and Miniatures, Books and Live Steam and Model Engineering.
Jonathan studied the ISVA/RICS Fine Art & Chattels Valuation course in Southampton before moving to Edinburgh in 1995 to work as a furniture porter at Phillips Auctioneers. There followed a move to Phillips in Guildford, then roles as a valuer both at a London valuation company and at Dreweatts before he joined Sotheby’s Sussex in 2002.
In 2005, Jonathan became Managing Director of Bellmans where he oversaw a four-fold increase in the firm’s turnover and introduced a streamlined three-tier sale system.
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and he makes regular appearances on the BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Flog It.
All valuers have specialisms, which make them experts in particular areas, although at first Jonathan had his sights set on general valuation, with a broad knowledge in all areas.
“The ability to identify almost everything I saw was the main attraction,” he told Newbury Today. “However, my first real interest was oriental carpets. It seemed that most general valuers didn’t understand them and I loved the way that each carpets had characteristics that specifically identified it to the village, town or city in which it was woven.”
“But it was jewellery that dominated much of my career. My interest was born from needing to know more – and its value and portability made it an attractive business.”
Jonathan Pratt Bargain Hunt
Auctioneer Jonathan Pratt is an antiques expert on BBC’s Bargain Hunt. The favourite part of his role “is probably auctioneering. It is a time to show off and have fun. A good auctioneer can make a difference.”
Asked about life on the road, Jonathan told BBC: “Driving around the South of England and visiting homes in London is what I love the most. The voyage of discovery. Sometimes you find the most amazing items in the most unlikely places, such as three pre-Raphaelite paintings in a retirement flat 3 miles from my saleroom or an unknown oil painting by Joseph wright of Derby in the local village.”
Jonathan Pratt Bellmans Auctioneers
In 2005, Jonathan Pratt became managing director of Bellmans, a Sussex auction house near Billingshurst. Here he oversaw a five-fold increase in the firm’s turnover, taking it from £1.5m to £6m, and introduced a streamlined three-tier sale system, according to Newbury Today. He ran Bellmans auctioneers for 13 years before taking the MD role at Dreweatts in 2018.
Jonathan Pratt Age
How old is auctioneer Jonathan Pratt? He is in his late 40s. He was born in Surrey, before his family moved to Ashmore Green when he was nine months old.
Jonathan Pratt Wife
Is Jonathan Pratt married? The Bargain Hunt expert is married to his wife, whose name is unclear.
Jonathan Pratt Family
Jonathan Pratt and his wife have four children.
Jonathan Pratt Net Worth
Jonathan Pratt’s net worth is estimated to be £1 million.
Jonathan Pratt Family History
Jonathan was born in Surrey, before his family moved to Ashmore Green when he was nine months old. Cold Ash had been his father’s home as an evacuee during the Second World War and, after spending time in the Merchant Navy, he returned to the area to raise his own family.