Dealer Holly Johnson.

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1 How did you get your start?

After training at Christie’s and Phillips Chester I started working under David Dickinson where I learned the trade on the road. It was so interesting viewing sales up and down the country and showing at the Olympia Fairs.

2 What is your area of focus?

Furniture – which is my great love. Exhibition, Arts & Crafts and important 20th century, and I tend to focus on signed and designed pieces.

3 Have you noticed any collecting trends in the last 6-12 months?

For us, the interior design side of the business has been incredibly busy. Most dealers by nature, taste and organisational skills tend to make good interior designers. It always helps to have two strings to your bow.


An early Edward Barnsley oak chest of drawers, c.1920s, priced at £14,000 by Holly Johnson.

4 What is one item you couldn’t do without?

A pessimistic book-keeper.

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

After spending the first half of my life never wanting to stay in, now I never want to go out! Can’t believe I’m saying this… but probably nowadays a lovely cup of tea hits the spot.