About

Based in Hackney, London I seek out and research quality and interesting antique dress and textiles and have sold and advised curators, collectors, decorators and designers in the UK, Europe, N America and beyond for 35 years. Prior to that I established the Costume and Textile Department. Sotheby's Belgravia, London.

Consultant

2019 - Sanderson Fabrics. Insurance valuation.

2018 - Craven Museum & Gallery, Skipton, North Yorkshire. Advising on a textile archive being offered to the museum.

2017 & 2008 -Liberty London insurance valuation.

2017 - National Trust's Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, Herts, the home of George Bernard Shaw.  Identifying and advising on all the textiles in the house.

2016 – National Heritage Memorial Fund. Advising purchase of TE Lawrence's (Lawrence of Arabia's) robe, acquired by the Army Museum, London.

2015 - National Heritage Memorial Fund. Advising 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. Advising purchase of a 17th century beadwork basket acquired by the Holburne MuseuM, Bath.

2013 - Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.  Cataloguing and advising on their shawl collection.

2010 - The Craft Study Centre, Farnham, Surrey. Insurance valuation.

The Textile Society

I have been a trustee of the charity The Textile Society for 12 years. I organise events for the Society.

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

You will find short articles on a variety of subjects in the ARTICLES section of my website.

I wrote the chapter on Symbolism and Status. Costumes and Textiles from China and Japan  for the Embroiderers' Guild's book Treasures of the Embroiderers' Guild  about their Far Eastern Collection, in 1991.

I also contributed chapters on the history of Furnishing Textiles  Understanding Style from the Regency to the 1960's for the Regent Academy, Regent Street.

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.

I source, research and sell examples of antique dress and textiles and have been advising and selling to collectors, museums, decorators, designers and enthusiasts in the UK, Europe, North America and beyond for 35 years. I am based in Hackney, East London.