£5,000 - £7,000
Type of Entertainment
Celebrity - TV Personality / Speaker - After Dinner Speaker
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies
As well as being a recognised expert in his chosen field, Eric Knowles is a well-known face in the world of antiques, particularly to viewers of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. He appears to be one of those rare individuals who is able to share his considerable knowledge in a way that is exciting & easy to understand.
He was born in Nelson in 1953 & worked in both engineering & for a firm of antique shippers in the early 1970s. His love of antiques, inherited from his parents came to the fore in 1976 when he joined Bonham’s, the London auctioneers – working first as a porter in the ceramics’ department before becoming head of the department in 1981. In 1985, Eric was offered a full directorship.
As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Eric has become a leading authority in the following fields: European & Oriental Ceramics from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century; the glass of Tiffany & Lalique; & Nineteenth & Twentieth Century Decorative Arts. Today he looks after museum liaison & several of his finds can now be seen in national museums.
Eric has also become a regular face on TV. His appearances include The Twentieth Century Roadshow, Crimewatch UK, Selling the Family Silver, Going for a Song, The Great Antiques Hunt, The Antiques Inspectors, It’s a Gift, You Can’t Take it With You & is the resident antiques expert on This Morning. He was a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind Christmas Special in 2004 where he narrowly missed winning the trophy by 2 points! He has also been involved with an historical renovation series for Discovery Home & Leisure called The House That Mackintosh Built, property series Period Property & Restoration Man.
As well as presenting & appearing on radio (including regular appearances on Radio 2) & TV, he has written books on subjects such as Victoriana, Art Nouveau, Art Deco & Royal Memorabilia. But his real claim to fame & immortality is the Eric Knowles character jug produced by Royal Doulton pottery.
In 2005 he became the resident Sunday Times Antiques Expert & remains a frequent contributor to the BBC Homes & Antiques magazine as well as Collect It magazine & has written several articles for The Sunday Times newspaper.
Eric is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & has lectured extensively in the UK at such renowned museums as the Victoria & Albert & the British Museum & has also lectured in both the USA & Canada. He is also the guest lecturer at The University of Central Lancashire & Solent University, Southampton. Eric is Patron of several charities & is called upon to present Duke of Edinburgh Awards at both St. James’ & Buckingham Palace & is also a long time ambassador for the Princes Trust.
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