The Magellan Centre welcomes enquiries from all international customers. For Chinese and South East Asian cutomers we confirm we are able to translate and respond to most email requests or queries in Chinese and other Asian languages. Our Auction Catalogues should be available as a Chinese translated version up to three weeks prior to each auction sale date.
Màizhélún zhōngxīn huānyíng suǒyǒu guójì kèhù de xúnwèn. Duìyú zhōngguó hé dōngnányà de kèhù, wǒmen quèrèn wǒmen nénggòu fānyì hé huífù dà duōshù zhōngwén hé qítā yàzhōu yǔyán de diànzǐ yóujiàn qǐngqiú huò cháxún. Wǒmen de pāimài mùlù yīng zài měi gè pāimài rìqí qián sān zhōu yǐ zhōngwén fānyì bǎnběn tígōng.
The Magellan Centre is a division of The Centre for Early Furniture and Art Ltd, and was inspired by the visions of furniture historians Louise Forster and the late Victor Chinnery, author of ‘Oak Furniture The British Tradition’.
Victors work at the initial stages of the business helped Louise to create the foundations of The Magellan Centre as we know it today, and his books and scholarly works in relation to early English furniture continue to provide important pioneering research for its experts.
Louise is a well-regarded furniture historian with extensive knowledge in relation to the impact of silk route trade on Western art.
Louise studied fine art and art history at Newcastle and graduated in 1982. Having worked as an independent expert for over 30 years, building valuable private collections of early furniture and art for corporate and private clients, much of Louise's work has involved finding, appraising and successfully purchasing, extremely rare items at auction at a national and international level.
In relation to its significant focus on Asian Art, the Magellan team at Swinton Park has over the last year expanded and made welcomed Adam Schoon as one of its newest members. In addition to being an established Asian art specialist, Adam is experienced in high-level valuation work, cataloguing, auction sales and more widely for his long term work in relation to the BBC TV‘s Antiques Road Show.
The Magellan Centre's cataloguing reflects appreciation of culturally rich, historical objects from all around the world and our expert's understanding of them. Also, where possible and in relation to selected lots, it explores how different artistic styles and cultures have influenced one another often as a result of exploration, war and commerce.
We are committed to conducting auction sales and valuations in a principled way, with care, sensitivity and on the basis of observing complete client confidentiality.
Our sales naturally unite sellers and buyers of art and antiques, and by the provision of ongoing research and experts catalogue descriptions, we try also to make contributions within our capacities as a relatively small team of professionals, which help open up fascinating history to all.