Fiona Baker

Head of Department | Design: Decorative Arts 1860 to the present day




Biography

 

Fiona joined Roseberys in 2017 as Head of the Design Department. She began her career straight out of University at Phillips Auctioneers in New Bond Street in the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau & Art Deco Department and worked for them for seventeen years. During her time at Phillips, Fiona was involved with the selling of one of the great Christopher Dresser avant garde teapots (lozenge shaped with a hole in the middle) that sold for £60,000, helped identify one of the missing Dixon & sons pattern books, and discovered a scrap book of designs and mementos belonging to the Victorian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (now belongs to the Royal Horticultural Society).  She also curated several stand-alone specialist tile sales, which by her own admittance was something of a labour of love. After leaving Phillips, and in collaboration with her husband Keith Baker, she wrote 20th Century Furniture, published by Carlton in 2000.  After Phillips Fiona had the pleasure of working for the renowned 20th Century dealer John Jesse in his Kensington Church Street Gallery. When John retired in 2005 Fiona joined Christie’s where she worked for twelve years as a specialist in European Art Nouveau and Art Deco and helped re-established the Lalique sales. For the last few years Fiona worked as Senior Specialist in the Interiors Department at South Kensington.  She has appeared on the Channel 4 programme ‘Collectors lot’ in a feature on Heals furniture and has contributed to a number of articles for Antique Collector Magazine.

Contact Information

E: fionabaker@roseberys.co.uk 

T: +44 (0) 20 8761 2522