Marc Allum is a freelance art and antiques journalist, writer and broadcaster. He has been a miscellaneous specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow since 1998 and has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes. Marc regularly writes for mainstream magazines and is an author, antiques consultant and lecturer.
His 16 year career as a London based auctioneer and company director was built upon a childhood passion for collecting. His experienced background in the field of art and antiques has given Marc a varied and passionate knowledge base fuelled by man's diverse and ever evolving material culture. He has his own unique eclectic style with interests ranging from pre-history to modern design and is a self-confessed obsessive collector. Marc has a passion and reputation for divining the unusual; 'a desire to connect with history through the interpretation and pursuit of objects and their origins'.
A life-long interest in restoring old buildings resulted in the purchase and restoration of a 17th Century Chateau in South West France, where he has been based for the last seven years. Marc has now returned back to the UK to begin a new project restoring a Medieval house in Wiltshire.
"Only the curious find life a mystery" Anon
The new series of the Antiques Roadshow starts filming on April 26th at Cheltenham Town Hall in Gloucestershire. I will also be one of the team filming the
Royal Special at Kensington Palace. If you have any interesting objects and family memories related to a meeting with royalty please contact the BBC at:
All details, including transmission dates for the current series can be found by following this link:
Objects of Desire
Watch this space for occasional favourites from my personal collection. (Sorry, but these are not for sale)
An early 19th century demon or Div Khula Khud from Persia (Iran) with damascened decoration. The great Persian hero Rostam was held captive by the Divs (demons) and in order to rescue his King he underwent seven labours finally killing Div-e-Sepid, the White Demon and king of the Divs. Rostam then wore the face of the White Demon on his helmet. The face of the demon suggests a heroic and courageous countenance for the wearer!
Hans Feibusch, The Prodigal Returns,
1954, exhibited 1956 - oil on canvas. Hans was a German Jewish artist who fled the persecution of the Nazis after being exhibited in Hitler's Degenerate Art Exhibition of 1937. He became one of Britains greatest muralists. Visit the Ben Uri gallery www.benuri.org.uk
or Pallant House Gallery www.pallant.org.uk
in Chichester for collections of his work.