Nicholas Dawes Lecture and Appraisal Clinic

The Lightner Museum welcomes Mr. Nicholas Dawes, antiquarian and antiques appraiser from PBS’s popular television program, Antiques Roadshow. Mr. Dawes will host two events during his visit to St. Augustine. The events are part of Lightner Museum’s fall programming schedule, which seeks to highlight the Dressing Downton™ exhibition.


Lecture:  November 3rd, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.    


Mr. Dawes will present The Treasures of Downton: An Appraiser’s View, at the Casa Monica Hotel. This talk will focus primarily on the decorative objects d’art typically found in the great English homes of the 19th century.

Special Reception:  November 3rd, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Mr. Dawes will host a special after dinner champagne reception in the Lightner Museum’s lobby.  The Dressing Downton™ exhibition will be open to view during this reception.

Lecture and Appraisal Clinic:  November 4th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.


Mr. Dawes will be giving a demonstration of his appraisal methods in Flagler College’s luxurious Flagler Room. Special ticket purchasers will be invited to bring in one small object for Mr. Dawes to appraise during this morning event.

Mr. Dawes moved to the United States from England in 1979 to pursue a career as an auctioneer, appraiser, author, lecturer and antiques dealer at prestigious firms such as Phillips and Sotheby’s. As a member of the Heritage Auctions team based in New York City, Mr. Dawes brings a wealth of experience and knowledge primarily focused on the history of ceramics, glass, silver and other decorative arts. His experience also includes being a faculty member at Parsons School of Design and a lecturer at the Columbia Business School and Bard Graduate Center.

The events are part of a program companion series to Lightner Museum’s exhibition: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times™, a thirteen-week display of 36 authentic Edwardian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’s most popular television drama in history, Dressing Downton™, which will be elegantly displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery beginning this fall.


Proceeds from the events benefit the Lightner Museum. The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses, and sponsors.

A gracious “thank you” to Flagler College and Casa Monica Hotel for being the host venues for Dawe’s programming.


These events are funded in part by the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the St. Johns Tourist Development Council, and Visit Florida.

Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2016 Carnival Film & Television Limited. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production. Carnival logo ©2005 Carnival Film & Television Limited. Masterpiece is a trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.