The shortlist for this year’s Antiques Young Gun of the Year has been unveiled. The winner will be revealed at the awards party on July 4, hosted by Bennie Gray at Alfies Antiques in London. Founded last year by Gail McLeod, George Johnson and Mark Hill, the award is open to anyone working in the business aged 39 or under.
It has gained gravitas this year with the
involvement of 11 senior members of the trade, dubbed the Antiques
Heavy Artillery, who will mentor the shortlisted candidates.
The mentors are: Stuart Atkinson, Fontaine
Decorative; Marc Allum and Steven Moore, both from BBC
Antiques Roadshow; Lennox Cato, Lennox Cato
Antiques; Mark Goodger, Hampton Antiques;
Ashley Gray, Gray Modern and Contemporary Art; Patrick
Macintosh, Macintosh Antiques; Spencer Swaffer,
Spencer Swaffer Antiques; Ian Towning, Bourbon
Hanby Arcade; Nigel Worboys, Antiques are Green
and Worboys Antiques, and Robert Young, Robert
In addition to the overall prize for the
winner of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year, Judith Miller has
donated another trophy, the Judith Miller Award for Outstanding
Potential, which she will present on the night.
Finally, last month Toby Lorford of the
decorative antiques centre Lorfords Antiques offered two 'shop
window'-style showcases in the front of his new Babdown Airfield
collective just outside Tetbury, to be shared between eight of the
young dealers over a 12-month period. The winners of the Lorfords
prize will not be included in the mentoring Antiques Heavy
Artillery award, although there may be some crossover.
"Everyone is talking about Young Guns and we
want Lorfords to be part
of it," said Toby.
The following entrants have been selected
for a general shortlist incorporating all of the above awards: Alys
Dobbie, Nanadobbie; Amanda Pickett, Clarke Pickett; Daniel Larsson,
D. Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel; Edd Thomas, Edd in the
Clouds; Henry Saywell, 52 Meters; James Gooch, Doe & Hope;
Jason Clarke, Jason Clarke Antiques; Jon Irvine; Lily Trunfell, No.
1 Lewes; Marika Clemow, ATG Media; Matt Goymer, Delphis Antiques;
Matt Wise; Oliver Leggett, Lacy Scott & Knight; Paul Jones;
Robyn Alston, On the Wall Antiques; Serhat Ahmet, Serhat Ahmet
Antiques, and William Potts, Just William Collection.
The awards are sponsored by Antiques Trade Gazette,
Alfies Antiques Market, IACF Ltd, Bath Decorative Antiques
Fair, The Decorative Antiques + Textiles Fair,
LoveAntiques.com and The Hoarde.
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