Eric Knowles began his career in the North of England in the early 1970s.
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Bargain Lalique vase
He moved South to join Bonhams, the London auctioneers, where he started the 'Art Nouveau' and 'Art Deco' departments in 1979. He became 'Head of the English and European Ceramics and Works of Art Department' in 1981. Three years later, he became a Director of Bonhams and in 2008, he left the company. Today, he works as an independent valuer, lecturer, and freelance journalist.
Eric is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been the resident Sunday Times Antiques Expert since 2005. He remains a frequent contributor to the Homes & Antiques magazine and has written several articles for The Sunday Times newspaper. He has written numerous books and articles on Victoriana, Art Nouveau and Art Deco and has been with the Antiques Roadshow since 1981. Eric is also a long time ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.
Eric’s most memorable find came at Dumfries House in 2008 when a lady who brought along a small glass vase that she had bought at a car boot sale for £1. In fact, the vase turned out to be an exceptionally rare piece by Rene Lalique which was valued at £25,000 – not a bad return for £1!