Eric Knowles Biography – Eric Knowles Wiki
Eric Knowles is a British antiques expert and television personality, whose main interest is in ceramics and glass. He became part of the London auction house Bonhams auctioneers as a porter in the ceramics department in 1976 and became head of the department in 1981. By the year 1992, he was given responsibility for setting up Bonham’s offices in Bristol. He went back to London to continue with directing the Decorative Arts Department and left in 2013 to join Dreweatts and Bloomsbury.
In 2019, he joined The Hoard as executive chairman and opened a gallery, The Hoard on The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells in early 2020. He is also a published author on subjects such as Victoriana, Royal memorabilia, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and René Lalique. He also has edited works such as Miller’s: Art Nouveau & Art Deco.
He first came into the limelight as a ceramics expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. He has also featured in such programs as Going for a Song, Going, Going, Gone, Noel’s House Party, Call My Bluff, and 20th Century Roadshow. He has presented the 20 episodes of Restoration Roadshow on BBC for several weeks in the summer of 2010. He is the challenger setter and adjudicator on BBC Two’s Antiques Master assisting host Sandi Toksvig. As of 2012, he is on the UK TV show Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. After Tim Wonnacott left Bargain Hunt, Knowles became one of a number of ‘guest presenters’ hosting the show.
In his life outside work, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. He is associated with several other charities including Headway, FABLE (For a better life with epilepsy), the New Mozart Orchestra, and Wycombe Scanappeal. He has lectured at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, and important national museums in Australia, Canada, the US, South Africa, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and had the Freedom of the City of London bestowed in 2000.
Eric Knowles Illness
When auctioneer Eric Knowles was 9 years old, he was hospitalised for six weeks with suspected leukaemia. After weeks of testing, Eric was finally diagnosed with glandular fever rather than leukaemia. Although being severely ill, his family were spared a disease that was then a death sentence.
Eric Knowles Age
He was born on February 19, 1953, in Nelson, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Eric Knowles Wife
Is Eric Knowles married? He is married to his wife Anita Knowles.
Eric Knowles Family
BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles and his wife Anita Knowles had two sons, Sebastian and Oliver Knowles. Sebastian died in a car crash on May 1, 2015, at the age of 26. He died in the accident after his Mercedes collided with a foreign-registered Heavy Goods Vehicle near Beaconsfield, the Daily Mail reported. Emergency services rushed to the scene after another driver made a 999 call, but he was declared dead at the scene.
An inquest heard that Sebastian Knowles had been driving in the motorway’s middle lane before inexplicably crossing into the inside lane and running into the back of the vehicle. A coroner said there was “no obvious reason” why the bank manager would have driven his white Mercedes C220 into the lorry, but said he could have momentarily fallen asleep at the wheel or been temporarily distracted.
A police investigation showed the lorry was driving at around 40mph in the inside lane of the M40 near Beaconsfield, Bucks., at the time of the collision. Accident investigators concluded Seb would have been driving at 96mph just before he ran into the lorry.
Seb Knowles was a well-known DJ who formerly worked at Wycombe Sound. He started working as a DJ at the age of 14 in his local roller disco. He spent a decade playing gigs in central London bars under the name DJ Sparky B and had worked with big names including The Artful Dodger and Ultrabeat. He also held a weekly radio slot on Time FM before moving to Wycombe Sound in 2013.
Colleagues and friends of Seb Knowles, who also worked at the Gerrards Cross Barclays bank branch, paid tribute to him on social media following the collision. Mark Jones, Barclays community leader for the Gerrards Cross branch, said:
“The tragic loss of Seb has left colleagues and customers at Barclays heartbroken. Seb was a rising star in our organisation, highly respected, and extremely well liked by everyone who worked with him, and he will be sorely missed. As we, ourselves, try to come to terms with a loss of an exemplary colleague, our thoughts and prayers are with Seb’s close family and friends at this difficult time.”
The National Association of Disc Jockeys (NADJ) wrote on Facebook: “All of us at NADJ would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Seb Knowles (DJ Sparky B) who tragically died earlier today. It’s always a tragedy someone is taken so young. He was a talented DJ who will be missed by all who knew him.”
BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles cancelled an appearance on the Isle of Wight due to a ‘close family bereavement’ at the time of the accident.
Eric Knowles Net Worth
BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Eric Knowles Height
He stands at a height of 5′ 8″.
Eric Knowles Instagram
The Antiques Valuer and TV Broadcaster does not have an Instagram page. His Twitter handle is @KnowlesEric.