Antique Dealers: the British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography

Martin Levy

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Martin Levy, FSA, is the fourth generation of his family with the London antique dealer H. Blairman & Sons; he has been with the firm since 1975.  He was Chairman of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (1993-94); a Trustee of the London Historic House Museums Trust  (1997-2008), and a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art (1997-2007).  He is currently a member of the Spoliation Advisory Panel and stands down shortly after ten years as Treasurer of the Furniture History Society.

Martin Levy has, over the past three decades, lectured in the U.K. and the U.S.A.; he has also contributed articles, exhibition reviews and book reviews to numerous publications.  A brief selection includes: ‘Manufacturers at the World’s Fairs: The Model of 1851’ in Jason T. Busch and Catherine L. Futter (eds), Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851-1939 (New York, 2012); [book review] ‘Susan E, Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840: Cabinetmakers and International Merchants: A Furniture and Business History’, Decorative Arts, XVII, no. 1 (Fall-Winter 2009-2010); John Colman Isaac, ‘Importer of Curiosities. An outline of his life, and the 1846 Continental Diary’ [with Elaine Moss], Journal of the History of Collections, 2002 (vol. 14, no. 1); Napoleon in Exile, Leeds, 1998, ‘George Bullock’s Partnership with Charles Fraser, 1813-1818, and the Stock-in-Trade Sale, 1819’, Furniture History, 1989. Amongst current research projects are the French enamellist Charles Lepec and the life of the collector Percival Griffiths.

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