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May 2, 2016

3 New Oral History Interviews – plus ONE goes LIVE!

Following the very positive comments from the conference delegates about our oral history interviews, we have now had time to update the Oral History Interview pages on the Antique Dealer project website – see Antique Dealers Website

Our updates include three recent interviews -first, we interviewed Andrew Jenkins, of Avon Antiques, Bradford-on-Avon.  Andrew came up to Leeds to see us, and we unusually conducted the interview in our offices at the University of Leeds.  Avon Antiques was established by Andrew in 1963; in a fascinating interview Andrew gave us his reflections on his considerable experience of over 50 years in the antique trade.

Andrew and Vibeke Jenkins, Avon Antiques.

Andrew and Vibeke Jenkins, Avon Antiques.

Our next interviewee was Tim Corfield, formerly of Corfield of Lymington, Hampshire, which was established by Tim’s father in 1966.  Tim told us about his life in the antique trade and of his work as an art and antiques agent through his new business of Corfield Morris Limited.

Tim Corfield, of CorfieldMorris. Photograph courtesy of Tim Corfield.

Tim Corfield, of Corfield Morris Ltd. Photograph courtesy of Tim Corfield.

And our third interviewee as part of our recent activities was with Dominic Jellinek.  Dominic, as some of your will know, worked at the world-renowned Chinese Works of Art dealers Bluett & Sons, London.  Dominic started with Bluett & Son in 1978, and stayed with them until they business eventually closed in the mid 1990s.

Dominic Jellinek, of Bluett & Sons, pictured with the Bluett archive.

Dominic Jellinek, of Bluett & Sons, pictured with the Bluett archive.

Dominic gave us a thoroughly detailed account of the history of Bluett, based on his extensive knowledge of the Bluett archive, as well as his many memories of the antique trade in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

As usual, all of these interviews will be available to hear, once we have edited them and formatted them, so do keep your eye on the project websites.

ONE piece of GREAT NEWS, is that we have (thanks to the brilliant work of Matt Robson and Peter Edwards at the University) edited and formatted our interview with Jerome Phillips, of the famous dealership Phillips of Hitchin……the first of MANY!….do take a look at the ORAL HISTORY pages on the project website and have a listen…!


January 25, 2016

New Oral History Interview – Andrew Jenkins

January has been a little bit quiet on the blogging front – I’ve been away on holiday to the USA, but back on the case now. Before I went away we continued with the oral history interviews – and our latest subject was Andrew Jenkins, of Avon Antiques.

Andrew established Avon Antiques in 1963, and remained in the same premises at Market Street, Bradford-on-Avon until his recent (semi-) retirement – I don’t think antique dealers actually retire! Here is Andrew, with his wife Vibeke, in a recent photograph.

andrew and Vibeke Jenkins

Andrew & Vibeke Jenkins, of Avon Antiques. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Jenkins, 2015.

In this fascinating interview Andrew told us about his beginnings in the antique trade, working for the well-known antique dealer David Tron, in King’s Road, London, before setting up his business, with the help of a small loan from his father, in Bradford-on-Avon in 1963.  Andrew also told us about the changes in fashion for antiques in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, as well the development of his business, and his dealings in the mid 1960s with the San Francisco antique dealer Chuck Williams  – who soon after turned his business skills to establish the American multi-store home and interior decoration stores, Williams-Sonoma.  The interview also includes Andrew’s reflections on his activities at various antique fairs – Andrew, for example, played a major role in the establishment of the West of England Antiques Fair in 1976.

As with all of our other oral history interviews, our interview with Andrew will be made available via the project websites in the very near future.


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