Christopher Payne

Christopher is a fine art consultant specialising in furniture.

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Joined the Roadshow:
1985
Memorable find:
An American bronze of a Sioux Indian Chief

Christopher Payne’s family started in the furniture business in Leicestershire in the 1880s, his grandfather subsequently opening an antique shop in 1901. After university, Christopher started his career at Sotheby’s where he stayed for 25 years, becoming a senior auctioneer and director of the furniture department with responsibilities for furniture, works of art, clocks and sculpture. Since 1994, Christopher has been a fine art consultant advising private clients internationally with a new book due to be published in Chinese in 2013.

Christopher is on the Council of the Furniture History Society, an academic charity formed in 1964 to study furniture of all periods, increase knowledge and appreciation of it and to assist in its preservation and records.

As well as furniture, Christopher also has a keen interest in bronzes and his most memorable item was an American bronze of a Sioux Indian Chief that came to Bodnant Garden in 2009. This bronze was from the same cast as one sitting in the Oval Office of the Whitehouse. As there are so many copies around, Christopher was delighted to come across the real thing.