Mallett is one of the oldest-established antique dealers in the world, specialising in fine furniture and works of art, including pictures, clocks and other high quality objets d’art, primarily from the 18th century and Regency periods. For over 100 years Mallett has been sourcing important antiques with impeccable provenance for private collectors and the great museums of the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Founded originally in 1865 by Francis Mallett in Bath, the company had galleries in Timothy Lightholer’s Octagon building, a Grade I listed architectural monument. Moving to London in the early 20th century Mallett took a long lease on No. 40 New Bond Street, which it entirely renovated in the 1950s with designs by the architect Raymond Erith. These listed interiors remain the only commercial interiors still extant by Erith. Mallett subsequently moved across Bond Street to No. 141. In March 2012, the company finally moved out of Bond Street after more than 100 years to splendid new galleries at Ely House.
This classical townhouse, built as the London palace for the Bishop of Ely, remains in the centre of London’s art market at 37 Dover Street. It is, like Mallett’s first gallery in Bath, a famous architectural masterpiece and a Grade I listed building designed by the renowned neo-classical architect Robert Taylor in 1772 for Robert Keene, the Bishop of Ely.
Mallett also has showrooms in Madison Avenue, New York, ensuring its establishment in the two major centres of the international antiques market, London and New York.
As well as dealing in antique furniture and works of art, Mallett has for many years had a restoration division with highly-skilled craftsmen including cabinet makers, polishers and gilders restoring and conserving pieces for museums and private collectors.