How it began…

I’m Chris Keogh and I’ve been working with fine antique furniture for over two decades. I caught the bug for old furniture years ago. During my career I have been privileged to have worked with some of the best restorers in the industry.

 

I started studying at Buckinghamshire University, in the historic furniture making town of High Wycombe. After three years, I attained a BA(hons) degree in Furniture Restoration & Craftsmanship.

 

Having graduated, I went straight into employment and secured a job in a long established, venerable workshop with an international client base.

 

I still remember the first day I stepped foot inside the workshop. It was like straight out of R.W Symonds English Furniture. 

 

The first piece I saw was a beautifully carved Gainsborough Armchair. Elsewhere there was a set a dining chairs copied from an original by Giles Grendey, and a slew of other pieces adorned with every exotic timber you could think of.

 

I soon realised this was the workshop I needed to be in.

 

To say it was a baptism of fire was an understatement.  Although a somewhat harsh environment to learn in, it proved pivotal in teaching me the cut and thrust of commercial restoration. In all, I spent a decade there.

 

Over the last 20 years, I have strived to absorb everything  around me.  This mindset has helped me to develop an eye, a knowledge and passion for Period Furniture. 

 

You never stop learning in this profession, and I still feel a great sense of gratitude when making new discoveries that further my knowledge.