James, a BAFRA accredited conservator with over 35 years experience working at the highest levels of the antique trade, has served on the Executive Committee for the last four years in the position of “Events organiser”
James is a partner of “Alexander George Fine Antiques Ltd”
Along with his business partner Mark Pargeter, they run their studio workshop and showroom open by appointment
“Located in beautiful rural Oxfordshire, we offer for sale the finest masterpieces in English furniture from the 17th & 18th centuries. Using our combined 80-years’ experience we source pieces that exceed in design, provenance and are of significant academic importance, as well as offering a complete in-house conservation & restoration service for both private collectors and the antiques trade”.
“Being Chairman of BAFRA affords me the ideal platform in which to promote the training of the future craftsmen and women who will conserve and restore this nation’s antique furniture and works of art for future generations. Having started my career as an apprentice cabinet maker at the age of sixteen. I then moved to the Cotswolds where I was employed by the prestigious “Witney antiques” as a “restorer and conservator of fine furniture and works of art”. In 1995, I set up my own restoration studios with my wife Jo, an upholsterer working in the antique trade. I taught restoration at Rycotewood College and over a number of years, trained apprentices in my workshop, including one Mark Pargeter who is now my business partner. The importance of training and encouraging young restorers is paramount to the survival of the antique trade and to this end, BAFRA will play a large role in that process”.