Bleasdales founding director, Robert Bleasdale, has more than 30 years experience working with fine art and antiques. He is a qualified member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has been a Director and Senior Board Member of both Phillips and Bonhams auctioneers.
Robert Bleasdale is a passionate exponent of antique sewing collectables and a highly experienced and knowledgeable specialist. As Group Managing Director of Bonhams, he was instrumental in founding and then expanding their specialist sewing sales held at the company’s Knowle salerooms in the West Midlands.
‘...catalogued with an attention to detail that is rarely reserved for such relatively humble objects. Over the years Mr Bleasdale......has built up a good base of sellers, huge support from the trade and an enviable list of collectors.’
The Antiques Trade Gazette on the Sewing sales.
These sales have proved hugely popular with both collectors from within the United Kingdom and overseas and have regularly achieved selling rates in excess of 90%, as well as world record prices for individual items. Under Robert’s guidance Bleasdales has recently expanded its sale programme to include a specialist sale devoted to highly desirable Tunbridge, Mauchline and Souvenir Ware items dating from the 18th century onwards.
Bleasdales offer a comprehensive and prompt fine art and antiques valuation service. We provide insurance and auction valuations for a wide range of clients, working with solicitors involved with large complex estates to private clients, who need a current valuation for a single item or small collection.
We have direct access to many of the country’s leading specialists and dealers, as well as links with all the major London salerooms, yet our independent status enables us to make recommendations designed to achieve the best outcome for our clients.