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Thomas Woodham-Smith

 29 Hanover Gardens, London SE11 5TN

info@woodhamsmith.com              

 

Today I am a dealer and an Art advisor. In this website I hope to give an idea of my taste and trading philosophy which is - in brief - to focus on quality of manufacture and originality of design, whilst not being bogged down by so-called periods. Great design from any age grabs my attention and I hope that I can in a small way grab yours.

I have been in the antique trade all my professional life. In 1985 I joined Mallett, associate directorship followed 4 years later and after 10 years the full management of the subsidiary business Mallett at Bourdon House as well as election to the PLC board. This company I ran for a further 10 years always striving to deliver novelty, quality and a healthy profit. In 2006 It was decided by the then CEO to sell Bourdon House, this was done and I moved over to the Bond St shop where I was appointed Managing Director


In the meantime I had become fascinated by the genius photographer and furniture designer Willy Rizzo; I sought him out and mounted a successful joint exhibition in London and New York with the clothes designer Paul Smith. This was followed two years later by a second and Mallett continue to offer pieces by him.

In addition I had overseen and managed the merger of the long established restoration business Hatfields with the Mallett restoration workforce and created new Hatfields whilst simultaneously negotiating for Mallett the purchase of new freehold workshop premises in Clapham, Scholars House; sadly they later sold the building. But the business continues to trade.

In 2008 with the London antique fair scene in decline and the English furniture world depressed I put together a consortium to set up the Masterpiece fair. After a long search we found its permanent home at the Royal Hospital. Each year it has developed and improved and is delivering great results for many dealers. I am no longer involved but remain a shareholder, having been Creative Director and the founding Chairman.

In 2010 I left Mallett to concentrate on Masterpiece, private dealing and consultancy. I remained a buying consultant for Mallett until 2015.

In 2015 I was, for a heartbeat, enticed to become joint CEO of the Fine Art Auction Group, which includes Mallett, the auctioneers Dreweatt Bloomsbury, and is a subsidiary of the stamp traders Stanley Gibbons.  That only lasted for a couple of months but it was both challenging and delightful despite its brevity.

I hope to develop many other ideas and would like assist others to bring to fruition their creativity and energy.

If you have need of any advice or guidance please feel free to get in touch.