Martin Levy

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Martin Levy of H. Blairman & Sons, London, established 1884.

A conversation between Martin Levy and project lead Mark Westgarth.

H. Blairman & Sons were originally established in Llandudno, North Wales, in c.1884, before opening galleries in various locations in London, Harrogate and New York. Martin joined the family business in the 1970s and in this engaging, and fascinating interview, Martin outlines the history of this famous firm of dealers, and his own family history – connections in the antique trade that go back into the early nineteenth century.  The interview also contains Martin’s thoughtful reflections on the changing taste for antique furniture during the last 50 years or more.  Martin also speaks about his own interests in designed objects, his passion for knowledge about little studied, and little understood objects, and his life as an antique dealer and author.

Photograph courtesy of Martin Levy, 2015.