The Dome Art and Antiques and The Arts and Crafts Eco Project.
I left school at 16 years of age and began a four year engineering apprenticeship with British Road Services specialising in my final year at college I specialised in Turbine and Turbo Technologies. At twenty years of age I then entered a career in the Oil Industry with Vetco Gray as an Installation and Production Engineer specialising in Well Heads, Completions and Entire Shutdown Systems, later pioneering the SMS systems for National Oil Well which is now used all over the world. At 24 years old I decided to give up the Oil Industry to pursue a new career in Art and Antiques something I had been interested in from a young age.
I often went to auctions as a child with my mum Gloria. They had always fascinated me. This is where the collector in me began and where those first seeds were sown. As a child collecting what most boys did, toy cars and marbles, the latter I still have. My new career got off to a very good start buying and selling at auction, particularly Durrants Auction Rooms in Beccles where I cut my teeth in the world of art and antiques. At that time I also began selling from an area at the back of the Old Rag Market at Brick Lane Antiques market in East London. Driving up from Suffolk every Saturday night I would arrive at around 3am on Sunday morning. This is where my new apprenticeship began and where over the next seven years I began to learn how the art and antiques world worked. Brick Lane was a magnet to me, come rain or shine I was there, I learnt so much from the Old School dealers of the time, they were so helpful and I still have many friends from those early days.
When I began to deal in Antiques I noticed a huge opening in my area in House clearance. There was no real service in my area at that time except the auctions and within no time I was inundated, often doing two house clearances in one day. The house clearance work was very hard, yet so rewarding not just with what I found but the wonderful people who were so generous with their knowledge of the pieces they had owned throughout their lives or grown up with. As I learnt more I began to realise that I was naturally drawn towards items from The Arts and Crafts Movement. I began to study the period, researching pieces I had purchased and it soon became clear that The Arts and Crafts Movement was to become my life's passion. It is always so interesting, I am learning all the time, you never know what you might find and I love the hunt. It reminds me of when I was a young boy hunting for treasure with my brother Chris, how fond those memories are and once in a blue moon the treasure arrives at your door.
We restore the furniture sympathetically with expert understandings of the woods tools and finishes used from those Periods. Stan has been restoring furniture for over 40 years and we all share enthusiasm and passion for our award winning work. See our Restoration page
Tony Geering has appeared in a number of TV programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV including
co presenting KIRSTIE'S HOME MADE HOMES in 2010. Antiques Road Trip for the BBC also in 2010
and recently Salvage Hunters with Drew Pritchard for Quest TV.
Tony is currently a specialist dealer appearing regularly since the summer of 2011 with DAVID DICKINSON'S REAL DEAL for ITV.
and Dickinsons Real Deal