Since 1957, Box House Antiques has been owned and operated by three generations of the Maas family.
Alex now runs 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, energy and drive is helping to ensure that their family business remains as interesting and eclectic as it has been for over sixty years.
He lives in and deals from the Old Manor House, Lymington, Hampshire. He was largely trained by his father over many years. Attended his first house sale near Swindon, aged 6.
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 fundraiser for various well known UK charities.
John co-founded the business with his mother, the late Mrs L.R. Butchart-Maas, in 1957. John was educated at Geelong Grammar School, Australia.
He trained predominantly under the guidance of the eminent and highly respected Monty Sainsbury of Bath, who had started his antiques dealing long before WWII. Over many years Monty allowed John unlimited access to his vast knowledge, and extraordinary collection of reference books.