It is with some small measure of pride that Apter Fredericks present this year’s brochure celebrating our 70th year since our Grandfather, Alfred Fredericks began his business in our Fulham Road premises. Through the austere years following the Second World War, several recessions, and lighting the shop with gas lights during the three day week, the business has evolved into one of the premier dealers in eighteenth century English furniture.
As the third generation of the family dealing from these premises and the fourth as antiques dealers, we cannot miss this opportunity to thank our Parents, Bernard & Carole, and our Grandfather, Alf for the knowledge, skill and integrity they passed on to us. We have been so fortunate to have been brought up in a business with such an outstanding reputation and one that has provided so much pleasure and excitement. The joy of discovery, the pleasure of seeing old friends and the delight of dealing with appreciative clients is not something every business can provide but this one continues to do so.
But without our clients we would not be here. So our greatest thanks go to all the clients who have made it all possible over the last 70 years.
In testament to that, we are proud to have been asked by just such an old client to help dispose of his entire collection of fine pieces. Several of the items illustrated here with further items to be shown at the forthcoming Masterpiece Fair emanate from this important collection. Re-acquiring pieces previously handled is a very important source of inventory and we are certain that our longevity in the same premises with the same telephone number since 1946, offers confidence to both existing and new clients alike. Indeed, besides the single collection, there are numerous other items illustrated which have passed through our hands before.
Harry, Guy & Alice