BADA dealer wins trade award

Posted: 2015-07-03 15:01:13 - Last updated: 2015-07-03 15:13:23

The Antiques Young Guns Founders’ Award for most outstanding and on going contribution to mentoring has been awarded to BADA dealer and council member, Robert Young, and was collected by his mentee Daniel Larsson at a special awards ceremony.

The founders and sponsors of the Antiques Young Guns mentorship programme and sponsors of the event BADA, LAPADA and Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair held the awards ceremony on June 23 to honour the twelve so-called “Antiques Heavy Artillery” mentors for contributing their time and knowledge in guiding the finalists for the Antiques Young Gun of the Year. The Heavy Artillery included BADA members Lennox Cato, Mark Goodger, Ashley Gray and Robert Young.

The Antiques Young Guns (AYG) competition is open to anyone under 39 years of age who makes their living from the work of antiques, vintage or collectables. Finalists from the AYG of the Year Awards are paired with 12 Antiques Heavy Artillery (AHA) who freely share their expertise in a mentoring scheme that continues to be a success.

The winner, Robert Young, founded his business in 1978 and specialises in folk art, naïve painting and early vernacular furniture. With his partner Josyane, Robert looks for original pieces with natural integrity that are complimented by interesting historically textured surfaces.

Robert’s mentee Daniel Larsson, and his wife Cristina run D. Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel, dealing in 18th- to late19th- century Rococo and Gustavian painted furniture, as well as Swedish country and decorative items.

Young, speaking about the Young Guns concept, said,

“The principal behind the idea is great and having been encouraged to look at social media, for the first time, during the preceding year, I had noticed some interaction and chat between young dealers and was delighted that there was some new energy coming into the trade.”

On commenting about how the process has worked out for him and Daniel Robert added

“There is an element of overlap in our specialist disciplines, as I have worked with original Scandinavian painted furniture and folk art for many years, so it means that we share some aesthetic compatibility in our businesses and Daniel has ideas and ambitions that I can relate to very comfortably. He is much more internet savvy than we are and because he set out in the antiques industry so many years after us, he found a totally different landscape to the one we grew up in. Being younger he has some interesting ideas as to how to approach the current market and we have had exhaustive conversations about such things from which I hope we will both benefit in the long run.”

For more information about the Antiques Young Guns see http://www.antiquesyoungguns.co.uk/ 

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