William Stokes founded the firm in 1968 (following a long association with S W Wolsey in Buckingham Gate, London SW1) at Cold Overton Hall, near Oakham in Rutland.
After forming a partnership with Peter Bontoft, the business moved to the Cotswolds in 1979 and is now based at The Cloisters, 6/8 Dollar Street, Cirencester. This is a 16th-century, largely lath and plaster building, in the heart of an ancient Roman town, where the early oak furniture is in its natural setting.
The firm exhibited for over 20 years at the Harrogate, Bath and Grosvenor House Antiques Fairs, followed by an in-house exhibition in October each year for the next 16 years. The business is now open by appointment.
William Stokes unfortunately died on 9th January 2015, aged 94, and the firm now continues still in his name and run by Peter Bontoft.
Early oak furniture represents the finest furniture made in England from the earliest times up to about 1700, but mainly spanning the reigns of Henry VII to William and Mary.
William H Stokes is a member of The British Antique Dealers’ Association Limited.
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