Joyce and Owen York - a Life in Antiques

Joyce and Owen York - a Life in Antiques


Our auction on the 28th of June is a single-owner selection of furniture and furnishings from a Leicestershire couple firmly established in the Antique community over the latter half of the 20th century. Here our consultant specialist Michael Mays introduces the auction:


For Joyce and Owen York antiques dealing was a way of life.  Morning noon and night clients would be welcomed with an appropriate beverage, and I clearly remember a homemade biscuit.  They were very much a team.  They started “in the trade” around 1960, and in 1968 purchased The Mill on the Soar at Broughton Astley.  When they relocated to a Grade II listed property in Quorn in 1980, they retained their business name.  After “a long innings” as Owen termed it, they retired to nearby Barrow upon Soar to another sizable Georgian brick property, but there was no discernible slowing down. Joyce tended the immaculate garden and Owen turned his attention to local history, gaining an MA through the Centre for Local History at Leicester University, and taking up, by way of a new hobby, bookbinding.

Time eventually took its toll and the Yorks downsized to Cosby, and then following Owen’s death, Joyce moved on to Ullesthorpe. This sale comprises most of the furnishings Joyce took with her to the bungalow. Joyce, in her inimitable style, has proofread our catalogue: she is still very much interested in sales and continues to ask, as she always has, “what news from the saleroom?”. 

Public viewing open Friday 24th and Monday 27th 9:30am-4pm, and morning of the sale 9am-11am.

Online catalogue available to browse: Auction Catalogue 

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