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Christopher Payne

Christopher Payne is the son of a Leicestershire antique dealer, brought up with a background in traditional English furniture. The family business, started by his grandfather in 1901, made and restored furniture, and Christopher spent as much time as he could in the workshops. After university, he joined Sotheby's as a porter, subsequently becoming the director and auctioneer responsible for furniture and decorative arts from 1830 to 1930. His twenty-five-year career at Sotheby's gave him an...See more