In Conversation with Antiques Dealers: Morgan Strickland Antiques
Our Exhibitors are all experts in their own field and have many years of experience and a great depth of knowledge as demonstrated below:
Art and Antique dealers Gavin Morgan and Gary Strickland have worked together since 1990 and have been exhibiting with us at The Art and Antiques Far Olympia for many years.
In the years prior to working together, they repeatedly found themselves competing against each other in search for the best stock. They have always shared a love of strong design and high quality craftsmanship, so combined forces to create Morgan Strickland Antiques, specialising in Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
We have secured an exclusive interview with them, to share their dealer insight and top tips for sourcing high quality decorative arts and antiques....
What is your favourite part about the antiques sector?
The antiques business is ever varied and there is always something new to learn. It is a business where you can always push yourself and grow. It is populated by passionate, informed and interesting individuals, amongst both dealers and collectors. In over 35 years of dealing it has never bored me!
When sourcing high quality Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces, how do you know what to look for?
Experience and hard work can teach you the names of the designers, the manufacturers and a price structure but once you have that you need to follow your instinct and trust your eye. Sometimes you will get it wrong but my best buys are made with my heart rather than my head.
What is the most exciting piece you have collected in your combined experience of over 60 years?
I have been fortunate enough to make many lucrative finds over the years but I get more joy from buying a relatively humble piece that speaks to me in terms of design. One of my first good finds was a vase by my design hero Henry van de Velde and this is still one of my most cherished pieces.
What are your top tips for buying decorative art and antiques?
Buy from dealers with a good reputation who you trust and buy the best you can. Don’t buy something on name, buy it because you love it. Once again, if you buy with your heart you will never be disappointed.
How does the Art Nouveau market look today?
Whilst the current fashion is for mid century pieces, the Art Nouveau market is still extremely strong for good quality, well designed pieces. Collectors are more discerning than they once were but the upper end of the market is very buoyant.
Which hero product are you bringing to the Art and Antiques Fair Olympia this year?
One of our stand out pieces is an Art Nouveau stained glass panel of a maiden by Alphonse Mucha by repute from a high class restaurant built in 1915 in Buenos Aires. It is incredibly rare for such a piece to come on the market. In fact it is the first I am aware of since I started dealing. In addition to this we also have a large selection of totally fresh stock that will be seen for the first time at Olympia.
If you weren't able to join us, we're looking forward to welcoming you to the next Fair, The Winter Art & Antiques Fair, from 31 - 6 October 2022, with a Private Preview on 30 October.