Trio of experts from TV antiques shows offer FREE valuations in London – Lars Tharp, Kate Bliss and Adam Schoon

Three well-known faces from TV antiques shows are heading to London to offer free valuations – and could reveal if you’re sitting on a fortune.

Oriental art expert Lars Tharp, Adam Schoon, who also specialises in Oriental art as well as general antiques, and jewellery and silver expert Kate Bliss will be available to value treasures for free on behalf of Hansons London.

Kate appears on TV’s Bargain Hunt and Flog It! while Lars and Adam have appeared as experts on the Antiques Roadshow.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons London, said: “These are top experts in their field and I hope people will dig out their treasures to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities.

“We have had some incredible finds in London including an ancient Chinese Imperial Yongzheng plate which sold for £100,000 in our September auction. The owner had no idea of its value. His father paid around £3 for it in 1955.”

Lars will be a guest consultant at Hansons’ valuation office, 77 Bridge Road, East Molesey, KT8 9HH, on September 19, 11am-4pm. Kate will be at the same venue on September 17, 3-5pm, and Adam will be there on October 10, 3-5pm.

Adam will be at Hansons’ new office at 28 Jameson Street, Notting Hill, W8 7SH, on October 9 and November 13, 10am-4pm. Kate will be at the same venue on September 18, October 16 and November 20, 9.30am-2pm. Valuations will be available until 4pm on Kate’s dates.

Kate will also be at Hansons’ Saleroom, the Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11, on September 17, October 15 and November 19, 11am-2pm. Adam will be at the same venue on October 10 and November 14, 10am-2pm.

Entries for Hansons London October 27 auction are invited until October 6. To find out more, visit or email

FIVE hot lots in Hansons London October auction
Treasures unearthed in London and the south are coming up for sale in what Hansons London describes as one of its best auctions yet.
Hundreds of items will go under the hammer on Saturday, October 27, from 11am, Here, Hansons London owner Charles Hanson picks out five star lots.
Burst of floral beauty

This floral chrysanthemum painting is by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, man regarded as one of the 20th centuries greatest artists.  It was given as a gift to fellow artist and friend Elsa Fraenkel, a sculptor, in 1920s Paris. It’s a rare and unique find, hence the estimate of £70,00-£100,000.
Collages by Schwitters

Two more very important pieces of artwork up for auction are collages by German artist Kurt Schwitters. They also belonged to Elsa Fraenkel and one is inscribed ‘Für Frau Frankel’ (for Mrs Fraenkel), dated 1927. They carry estimates of £10,000-£20,000 and £40,000-£60,000 respectively.

Ravishing Russian design
This wonderful aquamarine and diamond pendant necklace shimmers with a multitude of precious stones encased in gold and is believed to be Faberge. It’s striking design and fine workmanship is likely to make it extremely sought after. Estimate £10,000-£15,000.

Fiji and Tahiti more than a century ago
Some 81 fascinating images of Fiji and Tahiti, preserved for posterity in a photograph album dating back to 1902, focus on the sights, customs and culture of the South Pacific islands. Everything from spear fishing to Fijian warriors are shown. Estimate £1,200-£1,800.

Traditional way to drink …
A kovsh is a traditional drinking vessel or ladle from Russia and we have a fine example in silver and enamel in our October sale.  Oval-shaped like a boat and with a single handle, it is beautiful as well as elegant. Originally a Kovsh was made from wood and used to serve and drink mead. Specimens have been excavated from as early as the 10th century. Estimate £1,000-£2,000.

All items are due to be sold at Hansons London Fine Art and Antiques Auction on October 27, 11am.

Auctions are held at the saleroom, Normansfield Theatre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS.

Viewing on the day of the sale from 8.30-11am and on October 26, 2-9pm. To find out more, email or call 020 8979 7954.

Don’t miss out on FREE antiques and jewellery valuations in EAST MOLESEY

The people of East Molesey are being urged to dig out their treasures for a free antiques, jewellery and silver valuation day.

The experts from Hansons London will be at The Pavilion Club, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9DX, on Wednesday, September 5, from 3pm-5.30pm.

Charles Hanson, a familiar face from TV antiques shows such as Bargain Hunt and director of Hansons London, said: “We can value antiques of all kinds including ceramics and paintings, silver, watches, clocks, jewellery, glassware, coins, antiquarian books and much more. If you have anything you think just might be of value, do bring it along. We’d love to see you.”

Hansons London holds monthly sales at the Normansfield Theatre in Teddington. Their next sale is on September 8 at 10.30am.

Items can now be consigned for their October 27 auction. The deadline for entries is October 6.

To find out more, email or call 020 8979 7954

Fabergé fever! The chance to own rare Fabergé flowers could be ‘the ultimate trophy’ for Russians ahead of the World Cup


Two rare Fabergé flowers – newly discovered in London – which showcase ‘the very best of Fabergé genius’ are expected to make hundreds of thousands of pounds at auction on Monday (June 11).


And it’s likely the flowers, made thanks to the inventiveness and skill of Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé, may go back to their roots as interest is high from Russia.


Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons London which is selling the flowers, said: “In the last few days I have been in London’s Mayfair hosting a private viewing of these beautiful objects with Russian oligarchs. We also held an exclusive viewing at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham.


“There is great excitement and interest. These two flower studies from the late Lady Juliet Duff’s personal collection provide a unique opportunity to acquire not only the very best of Fabergé’s creative genius but some of the rarest masterpieces of the goldsmith’s art ever to be offered at auction.


“The World Cup is soon to kick off in Russian (June 14) but I think this could be the ultimate trophy for any Russian deeply proud of their country’s artistic heritage.”


Mr Hanson, 40, a familiar face on TV’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, has called the discovery of the two rare Fabergé flowers his most significant find ever.


The elegant ornaments, found wrapped in a tea towel inside a shoe box, were taken along to Hansons London’s valuation office in Hampton Court Village after their owner saw a £1m Faberge flower uncovered by TV’s Antiques Roadshow in March.


The newly discovered botanical studies are expected to fetch up to £500,000 when they go auction at the Normansfield Theatre, Teddington. (June 11).


Mr Hanson said: “A lady came along carrying a humble cardboard box. Inside, wrapped in an old tea towel, was the holy grail of what an auctioneer can expect only in their wildest of dreams –  not one, but two, Fabergé flowers.


“There was great excitement when I realised what we were assessing. The two botanical studies, created by Fabergé in Imperial Russia, were crafted in the early 20th century, circa 1907-1910, and are six inches long.  These are ‘objects de fantaisie’, simply made for guests to admire.


“The enormity of such finds cannot be under estimated. Such works are the rarest of Fabergé’s craftsmanship. Only about 80 of Fabergé’s botanical studies are known to have survived with the majority in the Queen’s Royal Collection.


“One of the flowers is a Fabergé barberry bush with purpurine berries and jade leaves demonstrates breathtaking luxury. It’s chased and engraved gold stem sits within a carved rock crystal vase ‎appearing to be half full of water. It is extraordinarily delicate with rich, soft red berries so real they could ‎drop any time on ripening


“The other flower takes the form of a highly naturalistic morning glory blossom on a jade jardinière and aventurine quartz stand. ‎The gold flowers, enamelled white with shades of pale pink and lilac, are inset with ‘dew drops’ of diamonds. A bud is bursting to open and flower. The leaves are carved Siberian jade nephrite. Fabergé’s creations are truly still-life jewels.


“The British royal family led the fashion for Fabergé and its glittering clientele included aristocrats and socialites. The most important collection of Fabergé flowers is The Royal Collection. It was started by Queen Alexandra and has been added to by Queen Mary, the Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales.”


The flowers being sold by Hansons were once the property of Lady Juliet Duff (1881-1965). Her mother, the Marchioness of Ripon (1859-1917), was a notable customer at Fabergé in London and Lady Juliet inherited most of her remarkable collection from her.


Owing to her noble heritage Lady Juliet was a well know figure in royal, artistic and musical circles. She was a friend to playwrights Oscar Wilde and Terence Rattigan, the poet Maurice Baring, the author Hilaire Belloc and the Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Lady Juliet was also a familiar face at court and was a close friend of King George V and Queen Mary.


The two Fabergé flowers will be sold on June 11 at 7.30pm at Hansons London saleroom, the Normansfield Theatre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS. To find out more about the sale, email or charleshanson@hansonsauctioneers.



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The two Fabergé flowers could together be worth £500,000. (various images)


The flowers were wrapped in a tea towel.


Charles Hanson with the delicate blooms.


The Fabergé flowers will be sold by Hansons on June 11.




Panel: The Genius of Carl Fabergé


Fabergé is a name renowned throughout the world for quality, craftsmanship and ingenuity.


Peter Carl Fabergé, a Russian jeweller born in 1846, crafted items that were so ingenious they dazzled and delighted royalty in Russia and around the world. He is universally renowned as the greatest Russian jeweller and goldsmith of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Such was the creativity and intricacy of design, the astonishing use of the finest materials and gem stones, no one had seen anything like them before. Moving away from traditional jewellery, he created ‘Objects de Fantaisie and, of course, the famous Faberge eggs.


In 1885 Russian Tsar Alexander III wanted to surprise his wife, Empress Marie Fedorovna, with something special. At Easter, he presented her with a deceptively simple-looking egg that started, the Hen Egg.

Charles Hanson, of Hansons London, is well known for his appearances on TV antiques shows
Charles Hanson, of Hansons London, is well known for his appearances on TV antiques shows
Oriental art expert Lars Tharp
Oriental art expert Lars Tharp
This Chinese Imperial Yongzheng plate sold for £100,000 in Hansons’ September auction.
This Chinese Imperial Yongzheng plate sold for £100,000 in Hansons’ September auction.
Jewellery and silver expert Kate Bliss.
Jewellery and silver expert Kate Bliss.
Adam Schoon at Hansons London Notting Hill office which opened on September 11.
Adam Schoon at Hansons London Notting Hill office which opened on September 11.
Adam Schoon
Adam Schoon
This Liberty necklace, circa 1900, is a recent treasure unearthed in London. It will be sold on September 8.
This Liberty necklace, circa 1900, is a recent treasure unearthed in London. It will be sold on September 8.

The next Auction is

Saturday 24th March – Fine Art & Antiques Auction
Starts at 12noon

Viewing: Saturday 24th March – 9.15am to 12noon
Closing date for entries: Friday 9th March

Tel: 0208 979 7954

Click here to find out more


The packed saleroom at the Normansfield Theatre, Teddington, during Hansons London’s debut auction

The next free Jewellery & Silver valuation day In Molesey,
is on Friday 16th at 77 Bridge Road – with Kate Bliss

Hansons London has unearthed an incredibly rare Beatles-related find.
It’s a repress of The Quarrymen record, one of only 50 produced by Paul McCartney for friends and family.

The Quarrymen, a group formed by John Lennon in Liverpool in 1956, evolved into the Beatles.

Buy the item at Hansons London’s March 24 auction, estimate £8,000-£12,000.

The sale will be held at the Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS,  with viewing from 9am on March 24.

To find out more, call 020 8979 7954.

Own a piece of cinema history! Chairs from the first ever Harry Potter film up for auction

Two vintage red velvet armchairs from the first ever Harry Potter film are coming up for auction – giving Potter fans across the world the chance to own a piece of cinema history.

The Harry Potter books and films have been a worldwide phenomenon. Six of the series of eight films are among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 grossing more than $1 billion.

The atmospheric armchairs, used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001, will be sold at auction by Hansons London on Saturday, March 24, with an estimate of £1,000-£2,000.

The London seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “They chairs were used in Gryffindor’s common room. I purchased them some years ago from a major film set props company. They are two from a set of four.”

Potter fans will know that wizard Godric Gryffindor was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a brave character created by Harry Potter author J K Rowling.

Gryffindor’s common room features in an aerial shot in the film and is predominantly red featuring around seven of the red armchairs as well as a sofa. The chairs look old and worn but comfortable – which they are.

“Once you know what you are looking for you can easily distinguish them when you are watching the film,” said the vendor.

“I would love to see the chairs go to a huge Harry Potter fan, perhaps to someone in Japan where the films and books are particularly huge.”

Chris Kirkham, Hansons London associate director, said: “This is a wonderful – and rare – opportunity for Harry Potter fans. It’s not often props like this from such a famous film become available to buy. I am sure Potter super fans all over the world would love the chance to own something that has played its part in cinema history.

“It’s incredible to think that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published 21 years ago in 1997 with a first print run of just 500 copies.

“The series of seven novels has now sold more than 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages and sparked the blockbuster movie franchise, which began with the film these chairs appeared in back in 2001. We expect a fierce contest at auction.”

The two chairs from the film set of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be sold at Hansons London March 24 auction at The Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2 A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS. The estimate is £1,000-£2,000 and the auction begins at noon. People can bid in person, in advance or online via To find out more, call 020 8979 7954

or email