I buy rare, unusual and interesting antique costumes and textiles, many which require research. I have been dealing for thirty years. Prior to this I established the Costume and Textile Department at Sotheby's, Belgravia, London.
I sell to major and smaller museums in the UK, Europe, America and worldwide. I also sell to collectors throughout the world. I love decorative textiles and these often go to individuals who want to adorn their homes.
2016 – Heritage Lottery Memorial Fund consultancy for purchase of TE Lawrence’s (Lawrence of Arabia’s) robes, acquired by the Army Museum, London.
2015 - Heritage Lottery Memorial Fund consultancy for the purchase of a 1890s May Morris embroidered bedcover Homestead and the Forest acquired by the Society of Antiquaries for Kelmscott Manor.
2013 - National Heritage Memorial Fund consultancy for a 17th century beadwork basket acquired by the Holburne Museum Bath. Advising on a museum funding application.
2013 - Consultancy for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter advising and cataloguing their shawl collection. .
Insurance valuation of the Liberty Archive, and The Craft Study Centre, Farnham, Surrey.
The Textile Society
I have been a trustee of the charity The Textile Society for nine years. I organise events for the Society.
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.
I wrote the 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, in 1991.
I also contributed chapters on the history of Furnishing Textiles for the Regent Academy's, Regent Street book on Understanding Style from the Regency to the 1960's.
I wrote a regular Saleroom Column for Embroidery magazine for 13 years.
Articles on Chinese Insignia, Sleevebands and Manchu & Han Shoes appeared in antique and embroidery magazines.