About Blackthorne Auction House

HISTORY

Blackthorne Auction House was established in 1807 in London, England, by Nathan Blackthorne, Warehouse Director with the shipping firm of Flyte & Somerville.  During his time with Flyte & Somerville, Nathan established business relationships with many of London’s noteworthy explorers and adventurers, which led him to the idea of opening an auction house dealing in rare and wonderful items from all over the globe.

Lord Jonathan Flyte was a strong supporter of the idea and leased Nathan a townhouse at No. 7 Saville Row, Burlington Gardens,  which became the auction house’s headquarters and showroom.  Working closely with Lord Flyte in the early days, Nathan Blackthorne established the Operating Tenets of the House, vowing to always source his wares as ethically as possible, promoting fair trade among all with whom the House traded.

In 1833, Nathan's seventh son, Trevor Blackthorne, while continuing to grow the public business, began sourcing items of a more esoteric nature and offering these to a select list of the House's clients.  These clients included natural scientists, philosophers,  researchers, artists; all manner of folk who were interested in gaining a better understanding of the true nature of the Cosmos.

Since then, Blackthorne has continued to search the world for the rare and the wondrous while remaining true to our Operating Tenets.  With all that we do, we strive to be a light for those who devote their lives to exploring the Labyrinth. 

 

SERVICES

Blackthorne specializes in offering objects that transcend the mundane; items that possess the glamour of remarkable provenance and that sometimes touch the realm of the uncanny. Our staff are tireless in their pursuit of exceptional, ethically-sourced artifacts, art objects, and information for our network of dealers and clients around the globe.

We are also pleased to be one of the foremost information exchanges in the Labyrinth, providing a forum where clients can interact and exchange information with each other and with staff.  As with all interactions at Blackthorne, we provide an environment where information can be shared in a respectful and confidential environment.

Additionally, clients have access to the Blackthorne Research Team for assistance with everything from academic study to mounting recovery expeditions.

 

OPERATING TENETS

We work hard to make doing business with Blackthorne a remarkably good experience.  We strive to be clear in our communications and simple in our processes, focusing on two fundamental operating principles.

NEUTRAL GROUND

Blackthorne's client list is made up of individuals and organizations that represent the full spectrum of the esoteric world.  As such, we are sensitive to the potential for conflicts of interest.  Therefore, Blackthorne Auction House enforces a strict policy of decorum and respect for all interactions on our premises, whether online or in the physical (or other) planes. This policy also applies to any place where we and/or our clients are operating under the Blackthorne flag; for example, in the field on a recovery expedition. Violation of this policy will result in censure, up to and including revocation of Client status.

That being said, we encourage lively and thoughtful - even challenging - debate, as such discussion is the motive force by which we all learn more about the Labyrinth. We simply ask that we all keep our lively discussions respectful.

CLEAR PROVENANCE

Provenance is a record of ownership of a work of art or an artifact used as a guide to authenticity and quality, and at Blackthorne provenance is very important. We understand that when dealing in the world of very rare (and sometimes uncanny) items, well-documented, ethical, and legal provenance is the main concern of every party involved in the transaction.  Blackthorne does everything in our power to ensure that the items and information we broker have impeccable records of ownership and acquisition.

Provenance, though, is not performance.  We must all understand that the nature of our interesting corner of the world is such that an item that performs in a given way for the Seller may not perform exactly (or at all) that way for the Buyer.  This is often the way of the weird.  Blackthorne will always attempt to accurately describe all the characteristics of an item, even those that are overtly odd.  Clients, however, should purchase based on physical attributes and interesting narrative, not on esoteric qualities that may not function for the Buyer.