I buy rare, unusual and interesting antique costumes and textiles and have been dealing for 25 years. Prior to this I established the Costume and Textile Department at Sotheby's.
Valuations and applications for funding including Lottery and National Art Collections Fund grants. Valuations for private collections. Cataloging collections. Conservation, presentation and purchase advice.
Recent valuations for insurance purposes include The Liberty Archive and The Craft Study Centre Archive at Farnham.
I sell to major museums in the UK and abroad, particularly America. I also sell to collectors worldwide and to individuals who want a beautiful textile for purely decorative purposes. References provided.
For 18 years I regularly lectured at Sotheby's Institute on English Furnishings of the 16th and 17th centuries, Chinese Court Costumes and Kashmir and Shawls of Paisley Design. In 1986 I lectured at the Treasure Houses of Britain exhibition in Washington, DC on the textiles and costumes in the portraits.
Wrote chapter on Symbolism and Status. Costumes and Textiles from China and Japan for the Embroiders' Guild's book Treasures of the Embroider's Guild about their Far Eastern Collection, 1991.
Contributed chapters on Furnishing Textiles for the Regent Academy's, Regent Street book on Understanding Style from the Regency to the 1960's.
Wrote regular Saleroom Column for Embroidery magazine for 13 years.
Articles on Chinese Insignia, Sleevebands and Manchu & Han Shoes for antique and embroidery magazines.