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    90 Jermyn Street
    SW1Y 6JD
    T. +44 (0)20-7839 2808
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    Alastair Dickenson

    Activity : Antique dealer  
    Alastair has been in silver for over 35 years starting at one of London's major auction houses in 1971. In 1983 he was appointed Head of Antique Silver at Asprey, eventually becoming a Director of the Antiques Department in 1994. In 1996 he started up his own business in Jermyn Street, together with his former Asprey assistant, Melanie Cuchet, who has now worked with him for over 20 years. During the last 13 years we have bought some of the finest pieces to have come on the market including the Rockingham wine cistern for a hammer price of £1.3 million, the second highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of English silver in the United Kingdom. More recently we acquired the Albert Collection which was one of the largest to have sold through the London trade numbering over 600 pieces. In January 2010 Christies New York sold the silver collection of the late Benjamin Edwards , 90% of which was purchased through ourselves and even though most had been bought within the last 5 years some very respectable prices were achieved. This reinforces our view that it is always the best policy to buy the best silver. Although we specialize in fine and important silver from the 16th to 19th centuries we are always keen to purchase large collections or just single pieces privately. One of the strongest areas of our business is that relating to small collectable silver such as wine labels, caddy spoons, vinaigrettes, boxes, rattles, vesta cases, etc. We have helped many clients build up important collections by supplying the finest examples available. To this extent we frequently advise clients about forthcoming auctions buying for them on commission. Those of you who watch the BBC's Antiques Roadshow may have seen Alastair appear from time to time, since he has taken part in this popular programme for 19 years. Other biographical details include: A Freeman and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. A Freeman of the City of London. A member of the Court of the Guild of Art Scholars, Dealers and Collectors. A former member of the Council of the British Antique Dealers Association. Chairman of silver vetting at November Olympia Antiques Fair. Silver vetting committee member for the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair. Expert advisor to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Member of the Antique Plate Committee at The Goldsmiths' Hall. We hope you enjoy browsing through our website and if you are looking for a particular piece that is not illustrated then please call us.
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