Richard Davidson

Richard Davidson

Biography

Before DAVIDSON was founded, Richard begun his career in the English antiques trade working alongside the leading dealers in central London.

As a young man he began working for Ayer & Company in Mayfair working for owner Nat Ayer, who at the time, was President of the British Antique Dealers’ Association.  It was here that Richard really began to understand what true high quality is, being surrounded by wonderful pieces of 18th Century English furniture created by the master cabinet makers of the time.

Following his years at Ayer & Company, Richard pursued his already blossoming career with stints at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s where he was able to expand his, by now, expert knowledge of antique furniture.

In 1974, Richard made the decision to go out on his own working for as an antique dealer and spent the next twenty years searching England and Europe for wonderful furniture to meet the demands of his clients in London and New York.  During this time he became the youngest ever person to be elected to the British Antique Dealers’ Association.

The company’s restoration workshops gave a huge insight into the construction and design principles of furniture and in 1992 he and his partner, Deirdre, launched a furniture design and manufacturing business, which was a resounding success and led a few years later to opening premises in Mount Street, Mayfair.