The First Six Young Gun Finalists…
In no particular order:
Matthew Nunn (37) Reading, Berks ( fleaglass.com) who runs Apsley Antiques Ltd & Fleaglass Ltd and has been bringing the scientific antiques market to a whole new generation. He spent years working in engineering but was hooked on antiques as a child and started dealing when ebay launched.
Natalie Smith (32) Woodbridge, Suffolk (woodbridgeantiquescentre.co.uk) who opened her own antique centre at only 26 years old and proves that antique centres are not just an old person’s game. She got the antiques bug visiting car boot fairs with her Dad, took a degree in Italian, worked for a jewellers in Venice but got in to dealing when she helped sell some of her Dad’s collections.
Alys Dobbie (29) Cornwall & E. Sussex (nanadobbie.com) who owns two vintage shops under the Nana Dobbie brand, one in Brighton and one in Lostwithiel, Cornwall; causing a stir in the 20th century collectables and vintage worlds. Another one who fell in love with ‘retro’ whilst car-booting with her Dad. She tried Art College but couldn’t resist the temptation to deal. She studied in order to do her own modern furniture restoration and boasts her business has only ever used recycled packaging!
Keeley Harris (36) York (discovervintage.co.uk) who runs Discover Vintage & Vintage Emporium, has been making waves from her shop in York and from the various fairs that she runs throughout the country. She fell in love with a Victorian doll’s houses when aged 8 and spent her teens buying at car boots and charity shops to sell on at antiques fairs. Interim jobs in events have helped her create very inter-active vintage shows.
Paul Jones (29) N. Wales & Chester (pjonesantiques.co.uk) who runs Morgan Fairs in Wales and owns his own shop in Cheshire specialising in Victorian pine and country furniture and smaller items including books, folk art & kitchenalia. His parents are in the trade (specialist Welsh and vernacular furniture dealers). Paul was a mechanic until he realised his heart was really in antiques. Two years dealing at fairs before opening his own shop.
Robbie Timms (30) Bedfordshire (timmsantiques.com - S&S Timms Antiques from Ampthill, Bedfordshire) is one of the founding members of the original Antiques Young Guns. He brings a new outlook to the traditional furniture side of the trade. Robbie launched the world’s first antiques shop iPhone/iPad App. He joined the family antiques business aged 16 and has ‘upped the ante’ by exhibiting at the UK’s top fairs.
National Antiques Week 2013 Unveils Shortlist for ‘Young Guns of the Trade’
INAUGURAL AWARDS RECOGNISE THE RISING STARS OF THE UK ANTIQUES INDUSTRY
The UK’s antiques industry is thriving, and full of bright young things; an up-and-coming generation that are ensuring its vigour. National Antiques Week is an industry-wide initiative supported by leading organisations (see Notes To Editors) that has launched a new award in 2013 to recognise the leading ‘Young Guns of the Trade’.
The awards panel, which includes two ‘young guns’ in their own right, were inundated with entrants, based all over the UK and from every area of the industry: the dealing fraternity, event organisers, auctioneers, restorers and trade associations.
They were asked to submit their story as to how they came to be involved with the antiques industry, what drives their passion and how they are bringing that passion to the marketplace. Some truly remarkable contenders (one of whom is still only 21) from all sectors of the antiques trade prove for certain that this industry has a very healthy future indeed.
In the words of George Johnson, one of the awards panel: “Not only did we receive lots of entries from younger members of the trade, we also were blown away by the professionalism and experience these young guns have“.
The National Antiques Week Young Guns panel is pleased to announce a SHORTLIST OF TWELVE FINALISTS IN THIS FIRST 2013 AWARD. Gail McLeod, one of the awards panel and Organiser of National Antiques Week comments: “each one shows the true spirit that we were looking for and all are trail blazers in their own right”. Without exception, their greatest connection is that they fell in love with old objects at a very young age; they live by their passions for pieces of history that “sing” to them.
The 2013 Winner and two Runners-Up will be announced and presented with their Awards at a ceremony to be held on 25th April during the Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (23-28 April) in central London, sponsored by the Fair’s Organiser. The Decorative Fair will also host a special foyer display of stock drawn from many of the contenders in this year’s Young Guns award, curated by Mark Hill, member of the awards panel and exhibitor at the Decorative Fair.
The idea for this award stemmed from a group of young dealers who have been connecting and helping each other out via Twitter for several years, under the name of #AntiquesYoungGuns. This group includes George Johnson of Lady Kentmores antiques in Callander, near Stirling Scotland, who is on the Young Guns Award judging panel. Also on the panel is a well-known face from TV, Mark Hill, author and authority on C20th collectables, presenter of Antiques Uncovered with Royal Palaces Curator Lucy Worsley. He has a new TV series, Collectaholics, starting soon on BBC2.