You never know just who might wander into your shop without you realising it on an apparently uneventful day.
And top of the wish list of influential
visitors for many dealers may well be, ooh, say a head buyer at
Liberty department store, the shop recently described by potter
Grayson Perry (who has designed a range of scarves for the shop) as
for people who "think they've got eclectic taste".
What better for people who think they've got
eclectic taste than some antiques?
Liberty, of course, used to have an antiques
department and the furniture and objects made by the firm in the
early 20th century are a core cog in the English Arts & Crafts
But, while the dealer Patch
Rogers holds annual Arts & Crafts selling exhibitions
at Liberty, there has been no permanent home for antiques in the
store for some time, until last week with the arrival of
Drew Pritchard's concession on the fourth
"Liberty found us by chance," says Drew.
"The head buyer was on holiday in Beaumaris on Anglesey in North
Wales and the hotelier recommended she pop into my shop.
"We presume she did but she didn't make
herself known at that time."
But about a month later Drew received an
email asking if Liberty could visit and they placed their first
order. That was 18 months ago and he has been supplying them ever
"We have also built up a professional
relationship with the emporium that has resulted in this
concession stand branded 'Drew Pritchard at LIBERTY London'".
Drew, who started dealing at the age of 23
and also presents Quest TV's Salvage Hunters, has that
sort of eye-catching and appealingly quirky stock that fits well
with current interior trends and tastes.
For Liberty, he has selected a mix of 19th
and early 20th century furniture and objects, some of which are
shown here, which he hopes will "be in similar standing to that of
Liberty founder Arthur Liberty.
"His heritage lives on in the selection of
beautifully designed products on offer and the very fabric of the
building's world-famous architecture".
Drew is currently exhibiting at the
Decorative Fair, on this week from January 21-26.