My wife, Janice and I started our antiques business in 1990 after many years of collecting, starting at the antique fairs before moving into a premises in Lodsworth. After 2 years there we took the plunge and moved into a larger premises at Swan House in Petworth and over the 18 years gradually took over the remaining adjoining showrooms, making us one of the largest antique showrooms in the country.
With the increase in trade from the web site and the decline in the number of visitors to the showroom we made the decision to move the showroom to a Georgian four storey house in Chichester in August, 2011.
Over the 5 years that we were there, we noticed the continued increase in the web based business and the continued decline in visitors to the showroom. This, combined with Janice’s worsening health, helped us make the decision to move the business into a warehouse enviroment just outside Chichester and to concentrate all our efforts on the web sites.
Unfortunately Janice’s health issues means that she is no longer able to help in running the business and this combined with my increasing age means that running the business in this way is the best way forward for us.
We are able to offer the discerning collector a vast range of some of the finest antiques available on the market. In addition to a selection of fine furniture and paintings, we also have one of the finest collections of rare tea caddies and boxes currently available in the world, together with one of the best selection of miniature furniture. These together with the largest choice of Staffordshire figures, plus our many other items makes our web site the one place you should visit.
We have proven ourselves to be one of the most innovative and progressive showrooms in the country, as on 25th June 2002 at the prestigious British Antique and Collectables Awards were held at the Dorchester Hotel, London and Richard Gardner Antiques was recognised as the best antique premises in Britain winning the category ‘Best Showroom outside London,’ having been runners up in 2001. The BACA awards have been set up to honour and congratulate the art and antique industries finest. Judge by their peers on both the quality of stock and service these awards are a keenly fought contest.
We belong to the London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association, and can therefore offer our clients total security in their purchases.
We hope you will enjoy visiting our site and look forward to seeing you again.