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Brothers Harry (left) and Guy Apter run the dealership Apter Fredericks with Alice Freyman.

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The firm will continue to stand at Masterpiece London and New York’s The Winter Show while meeting clients by appointment.

Trading from the same landmark Chelsea gallery since 1946, Apter Fredericks is now among the leading London furniture dealers, including Norman Adams, Hotspur and Jeremy, that have closed doors over the past 15 years.

However, brothers Harry and Guy Apter, who head the dealership with Alice Freyman, emphasised that the closure of 265-267 Fulham Road does not signal the end of the company.

The trio said in a statement: “We have always been progressive in our business strategy and over the last few years of trading it has become increasingly clear that our clients no longer require us to have a showroom.”

In addition to offering the same range of stock, Apter Fredericks will continue to assist in sourcing, selling and restoration.

“Importantly, as our time is now much more flexible, we can visit clients in their homes around the world to advise with furniture acquisition and collection,” the dealers added.