Christian Jussel of Vernay & Jussel, London & New York, established 1906.
A conversation between Chris Jussel and project lead Mark Westgarth.
As well as being one of the most prominent antique dealers in America, Chris was also formerly the presenter on the USA version of ‘Antiques Roadshow’, as well as Vice President of Sotheby’s Trust and Estates Division (1999-2003) and Vice President of Samuel T. Freeman & Co auctioneers between 2007-2009. He is currently a private art and antiques consultant
Chris told us about the early beginnings of Arthur Vernay, who opened his antique gallery in New York in c.1906; by 1925 Vernay had a 5 storey building filled with antiques and was one of the most important dealers in New York in the period. Vernay was actually born in England, in Weymouth we believe, so the links to the British trade here are important.
Photograph, Antique Dealer project, University of Leeds, 2014.