John began dealing at a young age, and became a licensed dealer in 1959, and joined the Antique Dealers Association of Victoria in 1959 (now the Australian Art & Antique Dealers Association) . His knowledge is a lifetime's accumulated experience, which is extensive in most areas of fine antiques & art. He is most passionate about Ceramics and Georgian furniture.
His wife Lorraine joined the business after marrying John, and together they built up a fine business, putting emphesis on research and understanding of items in stock; the items for sale were not just merchandise, they were fascinating records of past lives. Lorraine's particular love was the earliest French and German porcelain, and as an expert in the field, she often lectured and wrote for magazines. Her passion was easy to catch, and she was responsible for interesting a wide number of collectors in the rarefield world of early porcelain collecting. She sadly passed away in 2004 after a short illness.
Their son Paul...... well, he just didn't stand a chance!
He had his first auction at just 3 weeks........ and has been dragged through every dusty antique shop and to endless auctions ever since.
After completing school, Paul studied Art History and Archaeology at La Trobe University. He then spent two years roaming the globe, buying the unusual and unique and shipping it back home.
Eventually settling in London, the world center of the Antiques trade, he was able to learn the trade from the ground up. While there, he also participated in the 1996/97 Christies Education course, earning a Diploma in the Fine and Decorative Arts from the Royal Society of the Arts. (For better or for worse, this makes him a Dip. RSA.) He is now married, to Glenys, and has a young family - the next generation of Antique Dealers coming on!
Lindsay Wilson is an integral part of the business, joining in 1984 and becoming an essential ingredient. His knowledge comes from a lifetime of living in the past - just ask him any question about Victorian table etiquette and be prepared to be amazed!