A Brief HistoryI have worked in the antiques world for over 40 years, born in Scotland, but brought up in the English countryside, I moved to Switzerland in the early 70’s, where I set up 4 shops selling English antiques, which i...
A Brief HistoryI have worked in the antiques world for over 40 years, born in Scotland, but brought up in the English countryside, I moved to Switzerland in the early 70’s, where I set up 4 shops selling English antiques, which in those days were the height of fashion. I returned to the U.K. in 1982, where I set up Talisman in Gillingham, Dorset in what was an Old Brewery. This ultimately became one of the most stylish stores in the West Country. At this time I also explored Sweden, initiating the interest in original 18th and 19th Century painted furniture, which morphed into a world-wide phenomenon. When I decided a move to London was on the cards, I instructed Sotheby’s to hold a one thousand LOT sale before eventually closing the Old Brewery. Famed auctioneer, Harry Dalmeny, said, “Locals are certainly going to miss the ritual Saturday lunches at Talisman where rained-off shooting parties and New York interior decorators would nearly come to blows over a Scandinavian commode or a cast-iron fountain.” In 2006 when Talisman successfully expanded into London, I rescued an Art Deco garage on New Kings Road from demolition and created a unique and innovative space for my business. After closing the doors on decades of renowned success as Talisman Antiques in 2019, the former Talisman premises is now fondly known as “The Talisman Building”, leaving a lasting legacy of a much loved career and passion. A collection of curiositiesKen Bolan Studio is the next chapter for myself, set in a unique studio atmosphere in the middle of one of the most beautiful parts of England. Although it won’t be a return to the Old Brewery, by appointment only, I looks forward to welcoming private buyers and interior designers to visit me and my personal collection. I am delighted to be sharing my inimitable style mixing modern and decorative pieces with rare antiques and continental furniture, sculptures and paintings. Offering affordable style with some truly unusual pieces thrown in to create an atmosphere that combines luxury with a homely feel. I will continue to travel extensively to buy for my own interests, as well as for specific clients, sourcing pieces from Europe, Latin America, and not the least, the West Country itself. Many items will be available at online (view my collection), but personal viewing is also be available in the new, beautiful, West Country showroom.
The Studio, Donhead St Mary, Berrywood Lane, Wiltshire