Our history

My wife, Janice and I started our antiques business in 1990 after many years of collecting, starting by exhibiting at the smaller provincial fairs which were very popular at the time.

We then moved to a small showroom at Lodsworth for 2 years, before moving into Petworth at a larger showroom. Over the years we were able to acquire the adjoining premises until we occupied the whole ground floor of Swan House, making us one of the largest showrooms in the south of England.

Whilst expanding our business over the years, we were able to offer, and still do, the discerning collector a vast range of some of the finest antiques available on the market. In addition to a selection of fine furniture and paintings, we also have one of the finest collections of rare tea caddies and boxes currently available in the world, together with one of the best selection of miniature furniture. These together with the largest choice of Staffordshire figures, plus our many other items makes us the one place you should visit.

We have proven ourselves to be one of the most innovative and progressive showrooms in the country, and on 25th June 2002 at the prestigious British Antique and Collectables Awards held at the Dorchester Hotel, London and Richard Gardner Antiques was recognised as the best antique premises in Britain winning the category ‘Best Showroom outside London,’ having been runners up in 2001. The BACA awards were set up to honour and congratulate the art and antique industries finest. Judged by their peers on both the quality of stock and service these awards were a keenly fought contest.Unfortunately these awards are no longer held, but we still strive to one of the best in the country.

After 18 happy years at Petworth, we noticed that more and more business was being done through our web site and less and less through the showroom and so decided to change direction and moved to Chichester where we started operating from a beautiful four storey Georgian town house.

Since then we have seen the web side of the business expand at a very fast rate and so we have decided to move again, still staying in Chichester, to a slightly smaller premises where we hope to have more time to devote to theweb site.

We are also slightly changing tack over the next few years and will be placing more emphasis on the Japanese side of the business and this is why we have opened this new Just Japanese web site.

I hope you will continue to stay with us on our journey forward.

Richard Gardner

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