Godson & Coles is run by Richard Coles who has been in the business for over thirty years. He first trained at West Dean College in the late 1970’s. He then went into partnership with Richard Godson, their first gallery in the Kings Road. They subsequently moved to the current premises on 92 Fulham Road in 1998.
Richard has served on numerous antique fair vetting committees over the years, including The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, and is currently serving on Masterpiece Fair and is chairman of both The Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair as well as the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fairs English Furniture vetting committees. He is also on the council of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) as well as being an assessor on the antique furniture restoration course at West Dean College.
Olivia studied Art History at the University of
Bristol, where she specialised in modern British sculpture. Whilst studying,
she spent time working for the Gerald Peter’s Gallery in New York, and the
Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. Upon finishing her degree, Olivia began
working for a leading London auction house. It was here that she cultivated her
interest in mixing modern fine art with traditional decorative arts. She then
moved to a commercial gallery in Mayfair that specialised in works by Modern
Masters before starting at Godson & Coles in 2015 as Gallery Manager.
Andreas de Jong
Andreas joined Godson & Coles in September 2009 and is responsible for research and conservation within the company. He studied furniture at the Hout-en Meubilerings College, Amsterdam, and completed his studies at West Dean College in Sussex.