Box House Antiques

Box House Antiques – The Story So Far

A message from John:

I became interested in antiques from a very early age when in Japan, just after the war, where my father was appointed head of the Netherlands Military Mission tasked – amongst many objectives – with the repatriation of valuable looted antiques and works of art to their rightful owners. In defeated Japan almost anything could be had for a packet of Lucky Strikes.

All my free time was spent in junk shops and on top of huge piles of bronzes destined to have been melted down for the Japanese war effort. The antiques passion stayed dormant within me for many years culminating in Box House Antiques emerging as a full-time business way back in 1957.

Although mainly offering antiques of European origin, my personal interest remained in the East and in particular in 17th- and 18th-century export lacquer, japanning and rare items of coromandel work.

We welcome enquiries from all over the world from anyone with an interest in this particular ‘China Trade’ and related fields, including of course their European counterparts. 

Recent acquisitions include the following: 

Fine And Rare Regency Chinoiserie Occasional Table

Fine 17th Century Japanese Mulberrywood Gilt-Lacquer Cabinet

Rare 18th Century Mahogany Cockpen Armchair

19th Century Venetian Rococo Lacquer Cabinet

Fine Chinese Export Red Lacquer Occasional Table Circa 1820

Early 18th Century Japanned Double Corner Cabinet

Please feel free to visit us in person (by appointment) or anytime at where you will be warmly welcomed.