The contents of the antique shop O. F. Wilson, a Fulham Road landmark, are to be sold by Bonhams as part of its Period Design sale on 7 June at the auction house’s Knightsbridge salerooms.
A regular exhibitor at the annual Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair, O. F. Wilson was founded in 1949 by Oscar Frederick Wilson. Wilson, who went by the name Jack, soon established himself as a pioneer of painted and decorative furniture. Consequently the shop, which is located on the corner of Queen’s Elm Parade, attracted a loyal international clientele, including celebrities such as Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, who bought a number of pieces for her Chelsea home there, and Bryan Ferry.
A number of high profile interior designers are fans of the shop, with both Nina Campbell and Wendy Nicholls quoted as calling it their ‘favourite shop’, and it also counts several financial figures as regular customers.
O. F. Wilson will be moving to smaller premises at The Edenbridge Galleries on the Kent/Surrey borders under the helm of Peter Jackson, who joined in 1964 and has been running the shop since the death of Wilson in 1990.