Timothy Wilson

Specialists in period antique oak furniture of the 16th, 17th and 18th century,
Windsor chairs, early tapestries and other interesting objects.

After joining my father in the family antique business in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, I soon found I had a natural feel for early furniture, understanding its construction and how the early joiners and turners developed furniture making from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth century – the 200 years that is called 'The Age of Oak'.

Worksop, together with the surrounding villages, was the home of Windsor chair-making in the early to mid-nineteenth century. These beautifully proportioned chairs, made in highly figured ash or burr yew wood, fascinated me and my passion has led me to researching both the regional style, together with the history of the chair-making families, building up a substantial stock (or collection!) along the way.

I took over the business in the early 1980s, and started exhibiting at the country's major antique fairs, often serving on the vetting committees examining the early furniture. Two distinguished dealers of the day proposed me for the British Antique Dealers Association, and I became its youngest member.

In 2015 I was fortunate to be able to acquire Wysdom Hall, on Burford High Street. One of the most important medieval houses in Burford, it was a shop I first visited with my father in the mid-1970s, when he came to visit Roger Warner, the renowned antique dealer.

After 5 years at Wysdom Hall, an opportunity arose to open showrooms in a lovely Queen Anne manor house on the Rutland/Northamptonshire border, where I continue to deal and enjoy finding unusual and rare early English oak furniture, Windsor chairs, Gothic metalware, tapestries and other works of art.

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By appointment only.


The Manor House
Seaton Road
NN17 3AF

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