Welcome to the Apter Fredericks catalogue

Welcome to the Apter Fredericks catalogue, Important English Furniture V. Once again, we have scoured the globe to bring you some of the best treasures from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries which are currently available on the market. We hope that they may excite and intrigue you.

Here at Apter Fredericks, the atmosphere is a positive and forward-thinking one. We are a tight-knit team which operates professionally, smoothly and efficiently. When appropriate, we can see the less serious side of life and we love it when this can apply to what we’re doing on a day-to-day basis because we like to have fun. We have been described as open, honest and direct and we aim to be accessible and approachable.

Indeed, one of Apter Fredericks’ most characteristic traits is the importance we place on the relationships we form with our clients. So, if you would like to make an appointment to view anything in our stock or would like to just come in and have a general chat and a cup of coffee in our showroom in Chelsea, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to see you.

Harry, Guy & Alice



How I choose which antiques to buy

A George III Landscape Mirror


By Harry Apter


In my early buying days I was trained to follow three criteria, all of which were needed and which had to be followed in their correct order.

First, does it appeal?

Second, is it genuine?

And then and only then, is the price right?

With the changing market, I have since added a critical fourth: is it saleable?

Mahogany Chest with Swags

Mahogany Chest with Swags

In my early days I would often be sent into a panic thinking I had missed something special at an auction by the mere question of “What did you think of such and such?”  from another dealer. Thirty (plus!) years on and the panicked reaction has gone.  I am (usually) safe in the knowledge that I have seen the article but simply ignored it and walked on, looking for other items to set the heart racing.

Over the past 20 years, Apter-Fredericks have tried, and I believe succeeded, in refining their offering by concentrating on the fine, the rare, the quirky and most importantly, the attractive.

With such refinement comes the ability to only buy pieces which really do set the pulse racing when you see it.  By doing this we also believe our clients will acknowledge this and be excited by our genuine enthusiasm for the article.

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms


We have limited ourselves to holding a stock of varied but interesting pieces of 18th century English furniture, which is not necessarily the most expensive you will find, but which includes pieces that can be placed in a home to add interest and character. From a well carved Chippendale commode, to an unusual 8 foot tall fully functioning lighthouse, to a massive coat of arms; these are items we seek out to add flavour to your home.