Alastair Dickenson Biography – Alastair Dickenson Wiki
Alastair Dickenson is an independent antique silver dealer based in Godalming, Surrey. He can often be seen on the BBC’s Antique Roadshow, where he is one of the silver specialists. He has taken part in the popular programme for over 30 years.
Alastair started working in the antiques business in 1971 at Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers. After an unfortunate incident with a rather valuable piece of porcelain, his boss thought that the silver department might be a safer option and he has been passionate about it ever since.
In 1983 he was appointed Head of Antique Silver at Asprey, eventually becoming a Director of the Antiques Department in 1994.
In 1996 he started up his own business in Jermyn Street, together with his former Asprey assistant, Melanie Cuchet, who has now worked with him for over 35 years. During the last few decades Alastair Dickenson Ltd have bought some of the finest pieces to have come on the market including the Rockingham wine cistern for a hammer price of £1.3 million, the second highest price at that time ever paid at auction for a piece of English silver in the United Kingdom.
Alastair is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, a Freeman of the City of Londonand is one of only two people ever to be re-elected to the Antique Plate Committee at the Goldsmiths’ Hall. He has also served on the Court of The Company of Art Scholars, Dealers and Collectors.
Alastair Dickenson Age
Antiques Roadshow’s Alastair Dickenson was born in October 1950.
Alastair Dickenson Antiques Roadshow
Alastair Dickenson is a silver expert on the BBC’s Antique Roadshow. He joined the Roadshow in 1992. The silver expert lectures widely, particularly on fakes. In fact, Alastair made use of his knowledge of fakes during his memorable first Roadshow recording, when he had to tell a disappointed owner that her impressive looking silver punch bowl was not the real deal.
If he could choose his most treasured object from his own collection, it would be a 1970 limited edition Gibson Flying V Guitar. Perhaps this isn’t a surprise when you find out that in the early 1980s Alastair played in a band that toured with Hot Gossip!