1 What are some discoveries the business has made?
Over the years there have been several, including a fine piece of 18th century furniture by Lacroix. Another that comes to mind was a wonderful rare part-15th, part-19th century walnut and oak settle with provenance to Flixton Hall in Suffolk. The back panel dated to c.1470 with a central carved coat of arms.
2 What is a key feature of your business?
Sympathetic, traditional restoration work. We are very fortunate to have some of the best restorers and tradesmen at hand. All our items go through our workshop before being photographed and put up for sale and again before going out once purchased to make sure they are in the best condition possible but not over-restored.
3 What is one challenge facing buyers?
Condition. It seems that auction houses are becoming more like ‘retailers’ but often are selling items that need considerable work or restoration. This is not always obvious to the untrained eye and what can appear to be a minor problem may be a major one. Paying more for an item that has already been restored directly from a reputable dealer is often money well spent.
4 Do you sell online?
Yes – we have a very good internet footprint so are increasingly dealing on a global scale.
5 Which artwork would you love to have in your home?
I love ‘design book’ English Regency furniture. I’d also like the Bureau du Roi, or king’s desk (Louis XV’s roll-top secretary), designed by Oeben and finished by Riesener, which is in the Palace of Versailles.
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