About The Peartree Collection

The pear tree collection

The Peartree Collection is a gallery established in 2015 specialising in arts and crafts and art nouveau silver and jewellery. The Gallery is a member of both the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) and LAPADA.  The philosophy of the Gallery is to sell items across all price ranges including rare and special pieces by leading silversmiths, architects and designers active during the period  1890 to 1914.

The Gallery’s focus is on works that are representative of the radical design and social movements at the end of the 19th century that influenced so much of the twentieth century. The Collection features pieces by Archibald Knox, Charles Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft, Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr, A E Jones, the Keswick School of Industrial Art, Kate Harris, Gilbert Marks and the Artificers Guild.

The Gallery also includes, under jewellery as well as silver from other countries or earlier or later periods that fit with the Gallery’s overall concept of showcasing interesting items that reflect both the design and history of their period.

The Gallery’s founder is Anthony Bernbaum.  Anthony was previously a Director of the Archibald Knox Society until June 2016 and organised and curated the Archibald Knox 150th Anniversary Exhibition at Olympia in June 2014. Recently retired from a near thirty year career in financial services, Anthony is now pursuing his passion by setting up the The Peartree Collection.

The Collection has been put together over the past ten years and very much reflects the enthusiasm and interest of the Gallery’s founder.  It is constantly being added to through new purchases. All items for sale are thoroughly researched and, for many, the original design drawing or reference in contemporary art journal or catalogue has been identified.

Anthony has published several articles on arts and crafts including on the works of Oliver Baker and Archibald Knox for Liberty’s Cymric silver range and on arts and crafts ceremonial trowels. He enjoys researching items and is always available for questions.