Some of my earliest memories are of accompanying my father around antique shops and salerooms. In 1966 my parents opened their own shop, and I soon began working for my father and learning how to polish and treat wood - and to recognise fine furniture and objects.
I've been passionate about beautifully made items of wood for as long as I can remember. As a French polisher I've honed my craft for 45 years and have had the opportunity to work on a number of important restoration projects. These have included the restoration and new installation of panelled oak rooms and hallways in Sutton Place, a Grade I listed Tudor manor house; restoring the wooden interior of a large vintage yacht in Greece; and cleaning, polishing and repairing frames and timber samples in the Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens.
I've an excellent eye as an antique dealer and pride myself on my ability to carefully source items that are well made and unusual or different in some way. I've a particular interest in fine Georgian furniture, but am always excited to discover something interesting and beautiful and which I know will be admired long into the future.