Andrew Dando is the third generation to run an antiques business, in his case based in the historic riverside town of Bradford-upon-Avon, and specialises in English pottery and porcelain, with an emphasis on Staffordshire items.
Amongst Andrew Dando’s stock can be found 18th- and 19th-century English porcelain from the factories of Bow, Worcester, Derby and Minton, together with Spode and Staffordshire pottery. There is also a selection of Continental pieces ranging from tableware in the form of sauceboats and plates to more decorative pieces.
Andrew’s grandfather, also Andrew, began trading in 1915 from Midsomer Norton as a general antique dealer, and after serving in the Great War, moved his business to Bath. In 1947 the company supplied a Hepplewhite secretaire bookcase which was a wedding gift for HRH Princess Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip from the city of Bristol. It was filled with Bristol porcelain and glass. Andrew’s son Gordon worked in the business for many years before handing the mantel on to his own son Andrew.
Both Gordon and Andrew have served as regional representatives to the BADA Council and Andrew, together with his wife Janice, is a regular exhibitor at a number of antiques fairs across the country. He is also a vetter at many antiques fairs and was the first ceramics dealer based outside London to win the ‘Best Specialist Dealer’ award (ceramics section) at the British Antique & Collectables Awards (BACA). The business has also featured in the Independent newspaper’s list of the Fifty Best Antiques Shops in the UK.