Archive for December, 2021

December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It’s been another stop-start year for the Antique Dealer Research Project, but we ended 2021 on a high, with the completion and screening of Quinneys, the film (2021). And so, on behalf of everyone involved in the project, we wish everyone who follows the Antique Dealer Research Blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Anon. Portobello Road, London, c.1945. Private Collection.

Our Christmas image is not especially festive this year, but we thought that as most people will be out shopping, or will have been out shopping, an image of shopping for antiques might capture the moment!

Merry Christmas!


December 16, 2021

Quinneys, the film (2021) is OUT NOW

MERRY CHRISTMAS!….Quinneys, the film (2021) has now been released on the Antique Dealer Research Project YouTube; so you can now watch the full film (1hr 47 mins) on your TV (or laptop) via the project YouTube.

The Project YouTube link is here – Antique Dealer Research Project YouTube

In our project YouTube channel you can also view the Trailer we made of the film (1 min 21 secs), plus two short contextual films which explore and explain the Set for the film – Quinneys comprised two sets, one Quinneys’ ‘Sanctuary’, filled with expensive and rare antiques, and the other, Sam Tomlin’s set (Quinneys’ brother-in-law, and also an antique dealer), which is much more prosaic (it was loaned by Lyons Tea Rooms in one of the original productions of the play in c.1915).

We have also uploaded a film of the Q&A we had at the Victoria and Albert Museum following the preview screening of Quinneys on 1st December.

Quinneys Q&A at the Victoria and Albert Museum, with L-R Christopher Wilk (Keeper of Woodwork, Fashion and Performance at the V&A); George Rodosthenous (Director of the film Quinneys); Mark Westgarth (Producer of the film Quinneys); Martin Levy (Director of H. Blairman & Sons, antiques), and Joanna Norman (Director of the V&A Research Institute).

We hope you enjoy watching Quinneys – do let us know what you think by publishing comments on the Project YouTube or emailing us at


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