Robert and Josyane Young established Robert Young Antiques in 1978. Now internationally recognised as London’s leading specialist Folk Art Gallery, they continue to operate from their original Battersea showrooms, situated directly opposite the Royal College of Art on Battersea Bridge Road.
Robert Young trained at Sotheby’s in the early 1970s and Josyane studied at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, after graduating from Amiens University prior to establishing the partnership.
Robert Young Antiques exhibit at Masterpiece London and the New York Winter Antiques Show, specialising in Naïve, Primitive and Folk Art, alongside selected Vernacular furniture and early wooden objects. They also curate an Annual Exhibition of Folk Art in Battersea early in May.
Robert wrote “Folk Art”, (published by Mitchell Beazley in 1999) and co-wrote “Treen for the Table” (published by The Antique Collector’s Club in 1998). Both Partners have written articles for a variety of publications including The Magazine Antiques, Antique Collecting, The Antique Collector, BBC Homes and Antiques, The World of Interiors and Country Living Magazine.
Robert is currently serving as Vice Chairman and Council Member of the British Antique Dealers Association; Co-Chair of Vetting at the New York Winter Antiques Show; Specialist Folk Art, Oak and Country Furniture Vetting Committee member at Masterpiece London; and Chairman of the Folk Art and Painted Furniture Committee at the Olympia International Antiques Fair.
Both partners have served on specialist committees at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, the Chelsea Antiques Fair and The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in London and the Antiques for Everyone fairs in Birmingham.