I began collecting furniture and related items over fifty years ago at the age of fifteen, opening my first antiques shop in Battersea Bridge Rd in 1976 dealing in objects from the 19th and 20th centuries. I was previously a successful clothing designer with premises on London’s Fulham Rd. Until the opening of the gallery on London’s Kensington Church Street in 1981 (now closed), I also designed interiors for select clients, echoing the decorative philosophy of the design movements which I admired.
Today the business continues from my Cirencester premises, focusing on selling to private collectors and museums, items produced by the leading architects and designers active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. Since the business was established, I am proud to have found and marketed many major works by the pre-eminent architects, artists and designers of the period which had been previously thought to be lost.
This website has recently been expanded and updated to show selected items from a large stock. It is not my intention to show everything for sale – in particular, some of the more expensive and rare items are not featured. However, I welcome enquiries concerning specific pieces that you may be looking for, or more general enquiries relating to furnishing requirements.
I am always keen to purchase interesting items but regret that I cannot give valuations over the internet.
Works by the following architects and designers are regularly held in my constantly changing inventory:
A.W.N. and E.W. Pugin, William Burges, Daniel Cottier, E.W. Godwin, Chr. Dresser, Alfred Waterhouse, Bruce Talbert, William Morris, Phillip Webb, George Jack, Walter Crane, A.H Mackmurdo, W.R. Lethaby, Ernest Gimson, Sidney and Edward Barnsley, M.H. Baillie Scott, C.R. Mackintosh, George Walton, Edwin Lutyens, C.F.A. Voysey and numerous others.
In Britain, items that I have sold can be seen in: The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, The Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery, The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, National Trust properties and many other regional museums and galleries. Abroad institutional clients include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Wolfsonian Institute, The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, OMAK, Vienna, and a number of institutes in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
I have worked closely with the major private collectors in this field, and pride myself with nurturing these relationships and establishing a close contact that allows us to identify key pieces that add to their collections. I always try to make available items (either held by us or previously sold by us) for loan to museums. In this way I have contributed to many national and international exhibitions.
I also work with international architects and interior designers and all clients are accorded the utmost privacy and discretion.
A large selection of stock is viewable strictly by appointment in our Cotswold showroom.
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