The rising stars and the long-established businesses of the antiques trade were both recognised at a double awards ceremony hosted by the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea last week
The main event of the 2013 National Antiques Week saw
21-year-old Tim Medhurst, coin specialist with
Colchester auctioneers Reeman Dansie, take the award as the leading
Young Gun of the antiques trade.
Tim was the youngest on the shortlist of 12 finalists and
impressed the judges with his determination to bring a new vigour
to a field that is often seen as old and stuffy.
The two runners-up were Chris Oxley, 36, who
now runs the family firm P. A. Oxley Clocks in Wiltshire with his
mother, and Keeley Harris, 36, from York, who runs
Discover Vintage and Vintage Emporium.
The judges' special award went to Alys Dobbie
who won the chance to take a free booth at Alfie's Antiques Market
in London for two months this summer in June and July.
The Homes & Antiques Awards 2013, which were decided by a
public vote based on an original shortlist of 24, saw
Georgian Antiques of Edinburgh become antiques
shop of the year, Brackley Antique Cellar antiques
centre of the year and Barter Books of Alnwick
best vintage shop.
Barn Antiques Centre of Long Marston won the
People's Choice award for most votes for a business not on the
Home & Antiques Awards 2013
Antiques Shop of the Year: Georgian Antiques,
Runners-up: Glass Etc, Rye; Robert Young Antiques, London
Antiques Centre of the Year: Brackley Antique
Runners-up: Hemswell Antiques Centre, Gainsborough; The Swan at
Vintage Shop of the Year: Barter Books,
Runners-up: Edward & Vintage, Tissington; Rennies Seaside
People's Choice: Barn Antiques Centre, Long