Founded in 1963, Witney Antiques has a large carefully selected stock of 17th-, 18th- and early 19th-century English and Continental furniture, period longcase and bracket clocks, early English embroidery and needlework samplers.
Based in the delightful Oxfordshire market town of Witney, the gallery offers an array of antique furniture ranging from Queen Anne or early Georgian walnut, early oak and fruitwood examples to increasingly sophisticated later Georgian and Regency period furniture designs in mahogany, rosewood and satinwood.
The stock includes fine examples of oak dressers, cabinets, sets of chairs through to bureaux, bookcases, desks and dining tables. Chippendale, Gillows and Sheraton furniture is usually represented. A small stock of 18th- and early 19th-century Continental furniture is also always on display. All pieces are chosen for their aesthetic qualities, colour and originality.
In the textile gallery English antique embroidery together with possibly the largest stock of fine needlework samplers in the United Kingdom are always on view, attracting interest for their unique historical perspective from collectors, museums and visitors worldwide. A themed exhibition of 17th- to 19th-century samplers and embroideries is held annually, accompanied by a full colour catalogue. All exhibits for sale are carefully conserved by mounting on acid free board and with ultra violet light protective glass.
Witney Antiques offers a small carefully chosen selection of English longcase and bracket clocks and household barometers in mahogany, walnut and marquetry, made between 1680 and 1830. All their antique timepieces have been carefully restored, as needed, to full working order.
Stephen Jarrett was a former Vice-President and Council member of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, a chairman of vetting for the BADA Fair and a director of the company that runs the fair. His daughter, Rebecca Scott, in 2009 published Samplers, which is widely regarded as a definitive work on this subject.