Christopher Bangs Ltd

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Christopher Bangs
Judy Wentworth


PO Box 696,
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 9GT,

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Landline: +44 (0)1284 828884

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Elected to membership


About Christopher Bangs Ltd

Christopher Bangs has dealt in antique objects since childhood. His first antiques business, “At the Sign of the Sad Iron Ltd”, was established in 1971 and initially operated as a part-time operation, while Christopher worked as a Museum Assistant at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and as manager of the New Art Centre in Sloane Street.

After embarking on a full-time career as an antique dealer, Christopher opened premises at Stamford Bridge, and exhibited at many London Antique Fairs. Specialising in antique objects made of base metals, from its inception, the business has counted Museums and major collectors worldwide as clients. Christopher’s book, “The Lear Collection: a Study of Copper-Alloy Candlesticks AD 200-1700” was published in 1995 and is regarded as a primary reference work.

Having operated as a private dealer for many years, Christopher Bangs Ltd joined forces with Judy Wentworth of the Textile Company in 2003, adding period textiles and needlework to the business’ specialisations.

Judy Wentworth dealt in antiquities, oriental ceramics and tribal art before specialising in antique textiles. In 1981 she and Sarah Franklyn established The Antique Textile Company in Holland Park, London, one of Britain’s first specialist textile dealerships.

Over the next 12 years they mounted dedicated exhibitions in their gallery, which included: Indian and European Shawls (1982), Lace from 1580 to 1830 (1983), Past Impressions – eighteenth and nineteenth century printed cottons (1985), Silk (1998), Brushed with Gold (1991), and The Stuff of Dreams – bedhangings (1992). In 1995 she translated from the French “Il Cachemire”, the Antonio Ratti Shawl Collection, by Monique Levi-Strauss. She has lectured on shawls and contributes papers, articles, and reviews to specialist textile journals.

On the closure of the Antique Textile Company she set up her own business, the Textile Company, which was amalgamated with Christopher Bangs Ltd in 2003. Their business continues to supply museums and collectors world-wide.

Elected to BADA membership for Works of art; domestic metalwork and metalware; period textiles and needlework; iron; steel; paktong.

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