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The Pedestal was founded to create a new 21st century destination for buying and selling fine antique furniture and objects of distinction. The founders of The Pedestal bring with them a wealth of experience in many areas of business:

Guy Savill

Former UK Head of Furniture and Works of Art for Bonhams Auctioneers, Guy has worked in the auction world for 22 years. In the course of his career Guy has been a specialist in the key areas of the furniture market from the 16th to mid-20th centuries, ranging from early oak, Georgian, 19th century and Design furniture.

For more than a decade Guy has focused on Fine English and Continental Furniture, overseeing the sale of important rediscoveries of furniture associated with key designers and cabinet makers including Thomas Chippendale, John Linnell, Thomas Hope, Ernest Gimson and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and estate and house sales including Le Chateau de Vincy, Great Brampton House, Gribloch House and The Bracewell Collection of Furniture by Gillows.

Guy has always taken a keen interest in the marketing of furniture, his sales being amongst the first to explore the possibilities of going on-line as well as photographing furniture away from the confines of the studio in period settings.

Sally Stratton MRICS

With over twenty-five years of experience in the world of fine furniture valuation and auctioneering, Sally brings a broad range of commercial and academic skills to The Pedestal. Her career began with the award of the Antiques Trade Gazette prize on the completion of the three-year Incorporated Society of Valuers & Auctioneers (Fine Arts and Chattels) course, she is a past Branch Chairwoman of the I.S.V.A Central London Branch and now a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Fine Arts Division). She has also featured as a ‘Guest Expert’ on the BBC’s ‘Bargain Hunt’ Series.

Sally started her career in the Fine Furniture Department of Phillips Auctioneers later becoming Department Director at Bonhams. A longstanding member of the Furniture History Society and the Regional Furniture Society, Sally has continued to develop her academic knowledge and commercial acumen, which has helped her make notable discoveries and sales of fine and important furniture.

Simon Green

Simon’s career in the auction industry began over 30 years ago and for the past 25 years he has worked for Christie’s as a furniture specialist based in the South Kensington saleroom. From 1993 - 2017 he oversaw and developed the successful specialist themed sales of early oak, so he has a particular interest and knowledge of early (circa 1500-1700) English and Continental furniture, tapestries and objects. Over the last ten years he has been part of the Interiors department at Christie's South Kensington, giving him a broader experience of the decorative arts at auction and current market trends.

Simon has been a member of the Regional Furniture Society and the Furniture History Society since the early 1990’s and was a board member of the arts and antiques faculty of RICS from 2001-2010. He is currently on the Vetting committees of the Olympia art and antiques fair, the Battersea Decorative Fair and Masterpiece London.

Philip Solomons

A highly resourceful business strategist, a lawyer with nearly three decades’ experience and a veteran of the international film industry, Philip Solomons was formerly head of International Business Affairs for the Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures. In that and previous roles he has been responsible for deals and businesses stretching across all of the major international market places and in every region of the world.

More recently he served as CEO of an investor-funded start-up business and has advised and assisted in a non-executive capacity companies in a broad range of business sectors. He has a particular interest in innovative commercial models as well a strong respect for traditional business values.

A passionate collector of antique furniture himself, Philip has always seen the internet as offering huge possibilities and positives to antiques collectors and professionals alike.