On Friday 4 July 2014, the hottest night of the year, an excited crowd gathered at The Rooftop Restaurant at Alfies Antiques Market for the celebratory party and awards ceremony to announce the winners of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year Award.


The winner of Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014 was a very popular choice of James Gooch owner of Doe and Hope who was presented his award by winner in 2013 Timothy Medhurst.

James Gooch

Winner of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year Award


James Gooch commented:
“I'm naturally delighted to take on the mantle of AYG of the Year from the superb ambassador that is Tim Medhurst, and I'm looking forward to both the challenges and benefits that come with the role.  It means a lot to be the first bona fide dealer to win the award and I hope I can leave a distinct mark on the years proceedings and help the movement continue on an upward trajectory.
Since I was part of the first core of AYGs championing the movement on social media it is wonderful to be recognised by my peers as an AYG winner and I've had many a kind word from all those involved in the trade since the awards which is incredibly important to me. There are many people who've inspired me in the trade and whose work I continue to look up to, and as I see dealing as an art form, I believe there are many an artist out there; many of whom are incredibly underrated. I hope I can bring as much positivity and respect to the trade as I can whilst I am the holder of the award'  


Winner of the Judith Miller Award for Outstanding Potential was William Potts of Just William Collection

William Potts

Winner of the Judith Miller Award for Outstanding Potential


William said:
“To be nominated as a finalist in the Antiques Young Guns of the Year awards was thrilling.  However to win the Judith Miller award for outstanding potential and a Lorfords Antiques special showcase award was more than I could have hoped for – I was over the moon.  Huge thanks to all involved with the Young Guns, it is a fantastic organisation."


Winner of the Special Judges' Award was Marika Clemow who has made a big impression in her role at Antiques Trade Gazette and The

Marika Clemow

Winner of the Special Judges' Award


Marika said:
"It is an honour to be recognised as a champion of the art and antiques industry and I am delighted to have received the Special Judges Award. As a young woman in a trade widely viewed as male dominated, I hope this inspires others to step up, lean in and have a voice. Through an initiative like Antiques Young Guns we are encouraged to interact, bridge the generation gap, embrace new technologies and ideas, ultimately making positive changes for the future of our industry."



Eleven lucky winners were awarded a one-year mentorship with eleven established members of the antiques trade as follows:



Lorfords @ Babdown


The eight winners of a showcase at the prestigious Lorfords@Babdown   received a prize giving them a unique opportunity to showcase their stock completely free of charge at the magnificent Lorfords@Babdown- 11,000+ square feet of showrooms,  just outside the antiques hub of Tetbury, Gloucestershire, each winner being awarded a consecutive three month slot in an imposing showcase arena flanking the entrance.  The eight winners will be exhibiting alongside around twenty of Europe’s top decorative dealers.

The prizes were kindly donated by Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson owners of Lorfords Antiques and the winners were: