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Meet the Box House Antiques Team

Box House Antiques team – The faces behind the Box House Antiques business.

Alex Maas

Alex, grandson of the founder, was born in 1972. He now heads up the Box House Antiques team. Educated at Westminster School, London, at the University of Sussex, and at the University of Westminster (BA Hons Dip Ac BSc Hons). He lives in and deals from the Old Manor House, Lymington, Hampshire. He was trained largely by his father over many years. Attended his first house sale near Swindon, aged 6.

Helen Maas

Helen and Alex married in London in 2000 and have two children. Helen was born in South Africa but has spent most of her life in the UK. She has a BA Hons in History from the University of Sussex, and an MA in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Helen helps to run the business, manages the books, and also works part time as a fund raiser for various well known UK charities.

John Maas

John is the son of the late Mrs L.R. Maas who founded the business in 1957. Educated at Geelong Grammar School, Australia. Trained under the guidance of the eminent and highly respected Monty Sainsbury of Bath, who started his antiques dealing long before WWII. Over the years Monty allowed John unlimited access to his vast knowledge, and extraordinary collection of reference books.

“I have been surrounded by an antique collecting family for as long as I can remember. My mother started collecting in the 1930’s. My first purchase was an 18th century urn table which I have kept for the last 60 years as a memento. £26 well invested!”

John Maas Box House Antiques team

Box House

Box House Antiques was founded in 1957 by the late Mrs. L.R. Maas, working from home (a Sussex farmhouse). Her initial interests were in Dutch school paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries. One day an Elizabethan oak refectory table was brought into her gallery. The table was sold within 24 hours. Her interest in English period furniture developed, and within a short space of time pictures were being replaced by furniture.

Our business grew very fast until it became clear that a new approach was required. At this time her son John decided that he wanted to become involved. His interests and academic background had always been in history, so it was a short step for him to take. He travelled to London to learn the trade with a well known dealer. Within a short space of time new premises were acquired in a Wiltshire country town, and in turn we moved the business to a Georgian house near Bath – Box House, Box, Wiltshire. We joined the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) in 1972.

Subsequently a very old established antiques shop became available in Bath that had been owned by the renowned and highly respected dealer, Monty Sainsbury. Thus Box House Antiques moved to 35 Gay Street, Bath. Monty became John’s mentor and gave him unlimited access to his vast knowledge and substantial reference library. Monty’s legacy remains to this day.

We opened Box House Antiques at 105 Pimlico Road, London, SW1, in 1984. Thereafter John predominantly concentrated on sourcing antiques for individual clients from the UK, Europe, USA and Hong Kong.

Alex, John’s son, now helps with the third generation of Box House Antiques in the high tech world of online antiques dealing (unheard of in his father’s day).

Constantly working closely alongside his father, Alex’s enthusiasm, youth and drive is helping to ensure that Box House Antiques remains as interesting and eclectic as it has been throughout the last sixty years.

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