The Millinery Works’ story begins in 1967 on a stall in North London’s leading antique centre, Camden Passage, every Saturday. Three years later when a local shop became vacant, Derek Rothera & Brian Thompson opened the Antique Trader specialising in early English oak furniture. Over the years they dealt in a range of antiques but were always most inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement and its emphasis on honesty, quality materials, beautiful design and skill of construction.
Their stock of late 19th and early 20th century furniture increased and by 1995 the shop was simply not big enough, so the business was moved to two large buildings, part of a former massive hat factory in Islington and the company was renamed The Millinery Works.
Painter and graphic artist Gordon House (1932-2004), himself a keen collector of Arts & Crafts, designed their logo and house style based on a hat block that Derek & Brian had in their collection.
After a happy 26 years The Millinery Works is closing its doors at the hat factory, but opening again soon to continue trading online, albeit on a smaller scale.
This October, our Design Since 1860 auction will feature a selection of finely designed furniture, works of art, and paintings including pieces by Gordon Russell, Arthur Simpson Peter Waals and Ambrose Heal from The Millinery Works Collection (Lots 497 - 595).
Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts & Design specialists are renowned for both their knowledge and their sales of artworks conducted from our Scottish auction house based in Edinburgh and via our live online auctions. Our specialists are experts not only on design from 1860 to the present, but also on current market conditions, an essential combination to any successful auction.