The Pedestal was founded in 2016 and we hold specialist auctions in a number of categories. Our previews and sales take place at our Oxfordshire base - The Dairy, Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HF.
Our specialists work with many collectors, dealers, decorators and curators from across the globe and are always aware of the latest market trends having extensive contacts in many fields.
Furniture and Interiors are a particular speciality and the auctions include a wide variety of furniture from 16th-21st centuries. Expertise in the dispersal of collections has led to The Pedestal offering for auction the collection of the late William H. Stokes, a leading dealer and connoisseur of early furniture and Works of Art and the collection of the late Patrick Donald which included a notable collection of Japanese arms and armour and Works of Art.
Our twice yearly auctions, Design For Living, feature pieces from the major design movements of the last 150 years along with unique, decorative items covering furniture, objects, carpets and rugs, ceramics, lighting, silver, paintings and soft furnishings.
The online Shop at The Pedestal is open every day of the year for browsing and buying. Here we offer a comprehensive range of furniture, fine art, objects, lighting, mid-century modern, mirrors and luxury accessories. The Pedestal Bespoke showcases beautiful handmade pieces by British craftspeople selected to enhance your interior – from antique to contemporary.
The Pedestal can offer suitable advice to both buyer and sellers of art and antiques and connect them to the international market.
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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 online as well as photographing furniture away from the confines of the studio in period settings. Guy is a Founder Partner of The Pedestal.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Stratton MRICS
With over thirty years of experience in 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 having completed 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 specialist on the BBC’s ‘Bargain Hunt’ series. Sally started her career in the Fine Furniture Department of Phillips Auctioneers and she later became Department Director at Bonhams. She has made numerous notable discoveries and has been closely involved with many important auctions of fine furniture. A particular passion is researching the history of the pieces she brings to auction, and this has proved crucial in achieving the best possible result for her clients. Sally is a long-standing member of the Furniture History Society and the Regional Furniture Society. Sally is a Founder Partner of The Pedestal.email@example.com
Michael was former international head of silver at Phillips Auctioneers where he started on leaving school at 18, working there for 30 years and then going on to be head of the silver department at Christie's South Kensington for 10 years. Specialising in all types of silver but with a particular interest in Continental silver, pioneering the sales in Geneva for Phillips for 7 years, he also handled Russian works of art, early silver spoons, gold boxes and Judaica and was responsible for cataloguing the James Walker collection, one of the most comprehensive and esoteric collections of silver to have come on to the market, as well as the silver for the Lord Raglan sale whilst at Christie's and the Martin Gubbins collection of spoons which concentrated on rare Scottish Provincial firstname.lastname@example.org
Duane Kahlhamer has previously worked as a senior 20th Century Decorative Arts specialist at Bonhams Knightsbridge, and as a specialist in the same field at Christie’s South Kensington. He has a PGDip in History of Art and Design (Universities of Brighton/Sussex), an MA in Fine Arts Valuation (Southampton institute), and a Certificate in Life History Research (University of Sussex). Duane has written papers on the Austro-Hungarian furniture designer and interior decorator Laszlo Hoenig, and the Ehlers Pottery – active in Bovey Tracey, Devon, from 1949 to 1955, for the Journal of the Decorative Arts Society. He has two further articles in the pipeline, the forthcoming one on British modernist furniture designer and decorator Denham Maclaren, again for D.A.S. Duane has also done research on Betty Joel, the furniture designer, and the short-lived painter William Acton. Duane is a keen collector with particular interests in British and German design between the wars of the last email@example.com
With a family background in fine antiques Charlotte combined her two great loves; fine objects and fashion and graduated with 1st Class Hons from the prestigious London College of Fashion before going on to build a reputation as a brand expert in the fine fashion accessories and handbag industry. Over the last 10 years she has travelled extensively building relationships with dealers and collectors worldwide and has a particular interest in the high fashion brands Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès. Charlotte has managed the sourcing and sale of various important handbags including many iconic Hermès Kelly and Birkin bags, the timeless Chanel 2.55 and collections of fashion jewellery. She maintains strong relationships with international clients including high profile celebrities, society individuals and fashion stylists and has had her private vintage Chanel and Hermès collections featured in prominent magazines including, most recently, the Love Magazine modelled by super models Kaia Gerber and Edie Campbell.firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon’s career in the auction industry began over 30 years ago and for 25 years he 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. For ten years he was part of the Interiors department at Christie's South Kensington which gave him extremely broad experience of the decorative arts at auction and current market trends. For the last three years Simon has been working on a project for the National Trust to reassess and re-catalogue the furniture held in their collections. Visiting houses across England to examine the furniture at first hand, the updated information and new research is now available through the National Trust's website: www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk Simon has been a member of the Regional Furniture Society and the Furniture History Society since the early 1990s and was a board member of the arts and antiques faculty of The Royal Institure of Chartered Surveyors from 2001-2010. He is currently on the Vetting committees of the Olympia Art and Antiques Fair, the Battersea Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair and Masterpiece London.email@example.com
Lucinda has over 25 years’ experience in the auction world in auction and arts marketing and promotion. She worked in a number of senior management roles at Sotheby’s and then went on to co-found an online auction house, The Auction Room. Latterly she has worked for The Fine Art Auction Group which comprised Dreweatts 1759, Bloomsbury Auctions, Mallett Antiques & Hatfields Restoration. Lucinda has also volunteered for two charities: the British Lung Foundation (Development Researcher) and London Parks & Gardens Trust (Co-ordinator: Open Garden Squares Weekend), and for Janet Rady Fine Art: Focusing on the Middle East (Exhibitions & Project Co-ordinator).LUCINDA@THEPEDESTAL.COM