Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott to talk at Sworders charity valuation roadshow
Television antiques expert Tim Wonnacott is taking part in a valuation roadshow to raise funds for a charity which supports children with brain tumours and their families.
The event is being hosted by Stansted’s Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers from 10.30am to 3pm on Friday, March 15, in aid of Tom’s Trust, founded in 2011.
The venue is Wyddial Hall, a Grade II listed 16th century mansion situated north-east of Buntingford, set in landscape by Humphrey Repton.
The former director of Sotheby’s, best known as a presenter of the BBC’s Bargain Hunt and the narrator or Antiques Road Trip, will be giving a talk twice during the day, at 11am and 1.30pm.
Titled Auctions and Anecdotes, it promises to be an entertaining journey through his life as a professional auctioneer.
Meanwhile, Sworders’ experts will be on hand to offer complimentary auction valuations across a range of specialisms, including Asian art, ceramics and glass, furniture, jewellery, watches, luxury goods, paintings and prints, silver and works of art.
A suggested minimum donation of £5 will be charged on entry, with all proceeds going to Tom’s Trust, alongside donations for the teas, coffees and cakes that will be available throughout the day.
Guests also have the opportunity to take part in the Tom’s Trust raffle - prizes include a hamper filled with goodies.
For any item consigned to auction during the event, a vendors commission of 17.5% will be donated to Tom’s Trust following the items’ sale.
The charity was founded in July 2011 after Andrew and Deborah Whiteley’s nine-year old son Tom died after a battle with a brain tumour in November 2010. It is the only UK charity focusing solely on providing clinical psychology for children with brain tumours and their families.
There are approximately 39 children in the East of England diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and they will all receive support from the charity. Around 125 children each year and their families are helped by Tom’s Trust.
Sworders was founded in Bishop’s Stortford in 1782.