Peter Bunting Antiques specialises in 16th, 17th, and 18th century antique oak furniture and country oak furniture, antique portraits, antique tapestries and decoration plus other related items. The stock includes many examples of antique oak furniture including refectory tables, chests of drawers, oak court cupboards, oak English dressers and Welsh dressers, oak carved coffers and plank coffers, yew tree Windsor chairs and oak settles, plus 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century panel pictures, antique portraits, tapestries and related items.
The founder of the business, Peter Bunting, has been dealing in antique oak furniture, portraits, tapestries and related items for over 30 years. He worked for 17 years as a fashion photographer, but collected antiques and eventually became a dealer.
The showrooms are situated at his home at Harthill Hall, three miles from the historic market town of Bakewell, on an upland called Priest’s Hill, in thirteen acres of pastureland. This area is the home to marauding highland cattle and whiteface woodland sheep.
Harthill Hall, dating from the 13th century in the reign of Henry III, was where armies were raised for the crusades and provides the perfect setting for antiques. Here Peter’s early oak furniture, portraits and tapestries are all shown to advantage in surroundings contemporary with their original use, within the many showrooms that occupy the lovingly-restored barns and outbuildings of the hall.
Peter Bunting Antiques selectively exhibits at major antiques fairs in London and Peter sits on the vetting committee for many of them.