After leaving art
college in 1981 I started dealing in antiques and the decorative
arts full time and in 1999 created our first basic online site.
I moved to Southern Spain in 2002 and was the buyer of Art Deco
figures for a prominent antique shop and jewellers. I then lived
in Paris for five years, which acquainted me with high-end Art
Deco and Nouveau items; the flea-market at
Clignancourt and Galerie Le Louvre des Antiquaires being two of
my favourite haunts.
Since 2014 I have lived in Rome with my interest in 20thC
Decorative Arts stronger than ever, which sits nicely with my
passion for cinematic
design. I am especially fond of Art Nouveau and Art Deco
figures and lamps because I feel they capture the spirit of the
My 35 years of handling and dealing in Art Nouveau and Art Deco
sculpture have exposed me to the many fakes, reproductions and
re-editions that have appeared since the 1970s (often
misdescribed by many auction houses and littering the internet)
means I can confidently guarantee that all items we sell are
genuine period pieces.
I developed a
passion for buying design pieces in the late 1970s when my
parents changed profession and opened a shop in the North West
selling Victoriana, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. My interest in
design and discussions with other forward thinking collectors
and dealers led me to explore other periods and appreciate
pieces from design groups and movements throughout the ages;
from Pugin and the Gothic revival to the then newly formed
Memphis group in Italy, buying and selling items as diverse as
jewellery, textiles, glass, furniture, jukeboxes, art pottery,
studio pottery, sculpture and paintings.
I have been inspired by the exhibitions and permanent exhibits
at the V&A which is a great source of information and
confirms that good design can be found throughout the decades
and beautiful museum worthy pieces can still be very affordable.
We strive to make our item descriptions as accurate as possible
because the internet can be a minefield of misinformation and
groundless opinion and therefore we guarantee the items we sell
are as described.