Ben Shelton
Marvellous Furniture
  1. What do you deal in?

    I deal in furniture from the late 19th century onwards, particularly from the Arts & Crafts movement and the early 20th century.  Within that time there were such a variety of styles, and so many brilliant designers and craftsmen, that it remains endlessly fascinating.

  2. When did you start dealing?

    I started dealing in December 2008, in the teeth of the financial crisis, which may have been madness but turned out for the best.  In another fit of ignoring common sense, I opened a shop in March 2015.  I am happy to say that traditional retail is still alive, at least with a website for company.

  3. Best buy?

    My favourite item was a walnut bookcase from c.1930 by a designer called John Stark.  Little known now, he was well respected in his lifetime and his simple, elegant designs are the epitome of the period.

  4. Top Tip for new collectors?

    My advice for collectors, regarding furniture, would be to accept a little bit of damage over a lot of restoration.  It was made to be used and that is where its character comes from.


  5. Why do you choose to exhibit at fairs?

    Fairs enable dealers to engage with people who ordinarily would not be searching us out.  It's an opportunity to interest people in styles and designs that they may not have considered before.