Preview the collection of the late Ian Askew, founder of OF Wilson Antiques

Ahead of the Dreweatts sale on 14th April, take a look at the estate of a lifelong collector and antiques enthusiast

The collection of antiques dealer and businessman Ian Ashkew (1921-2014) comes up for sale on Tuesday 14th April at Dreweatts, Donnington Priory, Berkshire.

Part of the family who founded bread makers Rank Hovis Mcdougall, Ian Askew co-owned OF Wilson Antiques Ltd on Fulham Road and collected antique furniture, ceramics and a selection of paintings.

The highlight of the collection are lots relating to his favourite breed of dog, the pug. An 18th-century Italian School oil on canvas titled An apotheosis of a favourite Pug is expected to sell for £1,500-2,500, while ceramic and bronze models of Askew's lifelong companions are in the sale.

A keen countryman and joint master of the Southdown and Eridge Hunt, the heir to the company behind Hovis bread also owned a large collection of hunting memorabilia. Ceramics, paintings and stirrup cups modelled on foxes feature in the sale, with estimates starting at £500.

Among other pieces are a set of six George III painted hall chairs estimated at £5,000-8,000 and a Qing Dynasty Chinese porcelain armorial tea caddy expected to sell for £500-600. 

Will Richards, deputy chairman at Dreweatts said: "Ian Askew was a well-loved character in his home county of Sussex with his great sense of humour and generous character."


The collection of the late Ian Askew is on sale on Tuesday 14th April at 8.30am. Dreweatts, Donnington Priory, Oxford Road, Donnington, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2JE. The catalogue is available to view at from Saturday 11th April

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