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Eric Knowles

Eric is widely known and greatly respected in his chosen sphere, and we are delighted that he has taken a place on our board of directors. After a thirty two year career with Bonhams, and now in to his fifth decade as television's undisputed doyen of antique-related programming – Eric has assumed the same revered status as Arthur Negus and Henry Sandon before him.

It is of inestimable value to us that Eric has associated himself in such a visible yet fundamental manner with our venture on The Pantiles, and are sure that his involvement, and that of his highly respected friends and colleagues, will make you feel entirely confident in any dealings you may have with The Hoard - and eager to pay us a visit and meet our Chairman in person during one of his regular visits to Tunbridge Wells.

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David Wilkinson

David is the current curator of his family business which – over a century of industry-leading innovation – has established itself at the very top of the tree with regard to English crystal chandeliers from the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

Whether it is the manufacture of exquisite reproductions, or the restoration of existing pieces, Wilkinson’s occupy such an exalted position in their sphere of endeavour that they are proud holders of the Royal Warrant By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen as Glass Restorers.

 

The Pantiles Arcade showcases many of Wilkinson’s finest chandeliers, along with Art Deco wall-lights, table lamps and standard lamps featuring shades made by the world’s foremost period glass manufacturers.

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David Hickmet

Established in 1936, Hickmet Fine Arts is an internationally-renowned, family run business and one of the world’s foremost dealers in original Art Deco and Art Nouveau Antique Sculpture and Art Glass.

David’s expertise in the acquisition of original, authentic and high-quality sculpture and glass has allowed the company to develop long-term relationships with many discerning clients including private collectors, trade buyers, museums and interior designers worldwide.

 

Hickmet Fine Arts present the finest quality Antique Sculpture including figures by Chiparus, Preiss, Villanis and Moreau, complemented by animalier bronzes by Barye, Bonheur and Mene, and alongside an exquisite selection of Art Glass from Lalique, Daum, Gallé and Loetz

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Jeroen Markies

In 1985 Jeroen joined his mother Trudy Markies at her shop Aspedistra in Sussex, selling silver, Victorian jewellery, and other items commonly found at a typical antique shop of that time.

 

Jeroen began by buying and selling silver and glass from the early-morning markets held in village halls around his home county. From there he soon developed a passion for the design in furniture, and started his own business Jeroen Markies Antiques dealing in 17th to late 19th century furniture.

 

At the turn of the century, Jeroen found a love for Art Deco with its fantastic modern lines and light decorative veneers and in 2005 he changed the name of the business to Jeroen Markies Art Deco to better reflect this new direction.

 

Today, Jeroen specialises in Art Deco furniture and sculpture, and decorative arts, selling pieces by Chiparus, Lorenzl and Preiss, furniture from the Epstein Brothers, Hille, Heal’s of London, and glass by Murano and Réne Lalique, as well as various other collectors’ pieces.

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Richard Price

Richard has been cataloguing, studying, buying and selling antique clocks for more than forty years. His passion is for more unusual timepieces, movements, automata and related items. In 1975 he founded the antique clock and watch department at Bonhams in London, where he was responsible for the valuation and cataloguing of all relevant items.


He left the saleroom in 1992 to start his own business buying and selling antique clocks. Bringing his extensive experience to bear, Richard also undertakes all valuations, and handles all types of restoration and repair.


As a very highly respected horologist, Richard has been engaged as one of the specialists on the BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow and he also lectures on many aspects of horology

He is another blue-chip addition to the Pantiles Arcade, and will offer both a platform for the sale of some treasured timepieces, and an enviable resource for information and advice with regard to any clocks and watches which you may be looking to have valued, repaired or sold.

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Grant Ford

The Pantiles Arcade will be providing a venue in which Grant will be displaying a curated selection of fine art works, all of which are to be offered for sale.

His experience will be brought to bear to your advantage in many ways, offering the benefit of his unmatched expertise with regard to the management of acquisitions or sales. Astute observation of prevailing market conditions, pricing oversight, tax advice, negotiations – even the nuts and bolts of pre and post-sale logistics – will ensure that as a buyer or a seller, you will find dealing with Grant an entirely straightforward and rewarding proposition.

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Peter Redman

After dealing exclusively on-line for many years under the guise of Hope And Glory Vintage Collectables, Pete has grabbed the chance to take his place in The Pantiles Arcade and establish a physical presence in his home town.

 

The primary focus of Pete’s business is 20th century toys, games and collectables – with an inventory of items to which the vast majority of us can relate to closely. It can be a rather rude awakening to encounter something that you once owned as a child being offered for sale in the rarified atmosphere of an antiques emporium, as well as a reminder to be a little more discerning than may have been the case if you set about clearing out the attic !

 

As well as toys and games, Pete also specialises in badges, pennants and other ephemera relating to the Scouting and Guiding movements, and has many highly collectable items from the Britains, Dinky and Subbuteo catalogues.

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Mark Hill

Mark is known for his dapper appearance and irrepressible style – along with an eclectic and inquisitive taste for midcentury modern design and a smorgasbord of quirky antiques.

 

A lifelong collector, it’s the story behind the object that grabs his mind and heart. After working for Bonhams and Sotheby’s, he joined the BBC Antiques Roadshow team, and has written and published 12 books on 20th century decorative arts. He also appears on the BBC’s Antiques Roadtrip and is an Accredited Lecturer for The Arts Society.


From 20th century art glass to abstract sculptural pieces to avant garde art, you can be sure that Mark’s interests are a long way removed from the somewhat outmoded perception of antiques as items that should be dolefully regarded in dusty, silent rooms. His stock is bold, colourful, varied - and progressive. As such, his inspiration and verve will fit in perfectly with what’s being created and curated in our increasingly vibrant corner of Tunbridge Wells.

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Jacob Markies

Jacob’s interest in antiques was fuelled by having spent his formative years shadowing his father, Jeroen, around auction houses and sales. His own interest in design and history meant that he developed a particular passion for 20th century furniture and decorative items, where the evolution of the antiques of tomorrow could be visualised and explored through near contemporary sources rather than via the timeworn manuscripts that – in part – document more ancient artefacts.

An introduction to The Pantiles Arcade opened Jacob’s eyes to the potential for the venue, and he’s eagerly embraced the opportunity to become a part of the exciting venture, hoping to become an integral part of its growth.

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Rona Cox

Rona’s interest in coins stems from her childhood love of collecting things, which I’m sure resonates with many of us ! As she developed an interest in history, however, her quarry changed from bottle caps and buttons, stamps and fossils to coins. 

These diminutive tokens are extraordinary artefacts, with their depictions of characters and events that are absolutely contemporary with who or what they illustrate, at whatever point in the dim and distant past that may have been. There’s also the added resonance of them having been held, cherished, spent – and quite possibly lost – by people who were also alive at that same time.

Rona’s entirely self-taught knowledge, and the diligence of her research skills, have led to her being made a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society and member of the British Numismatic Society. We’re therefore very happy to defer to her expertise for all things numismatic.