About me

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.

Consultant

2014 - Advised and supplied costume and textiles to English Heritage for Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex.

2013 - Consultancy for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter advising and cataloguing their shawl collection.

National Heritage Memorial Fund consultancy. Advising on a museum funding application.

Past consultancies include insurance valuation for The Liberty Archive, The Craft Study Centre, Farnham, Surrey and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Selling

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.

Lectures

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.

Articles

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.