London Antiques Dealer Closing Up Shop, Plans Auction
One of London's major antiques dealerships, Sampson and Horne Antiques has announced that they are closing and their entire trading stock will be sold at Bonhams on April 28. The company is closing because one of the founders, Jonathan Horne, is ill and the other partner Christopher Banks has decided to scale back. The auction house specialized in 17th and 18th century English antiques with an emphasis on fine country furniture, English pottery, delftware, creamware and decorative pieces of metalware. The sale will include British folk art and pottery in a wide range of price and is set to bring in as much as £1 million. Other firms in London have closed in recent years, partly due to the economy and partly due to the overall aging of antiques dealers in general.