About

The Present

 Jonathan CoulbornJonathan Coulborn, grandson of the founders, is at the helm of Thomas Coulborn & Sons and continues to cement an international reputation amongst collectors, decorators and museum curators for discovering and presenting items of great interest and integrity.

 

Thomas Coulborn & Sons is proud to have sold to museums across the world including:

The British Museum
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Temple Newsam House
The National Trust
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Soho House (The home of Matthew Boulton)
Aston Hall
Buckinghamshire County Museum
Ilkley Toy Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Fine Art Museums of San Francisco
The Rijksmuseum

 

Jonathan spent a number of years working for Sotheby's in Sussex, London and Madrid before returning to the family business in 1999. He has lectured on Furniture History in the UK and in Spain. He has served as Chairman of the British Antique Dealers' Association, Chairman of Vetting at the BADA Fair and Chairman of the BADA Fair. He has also served on the Furniture Vetting Committee of Masterpiece and the International Antique Dealers' Fair in New York.

 

Fairs

In 2022 Thomas Coulborn & Sons is exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht for the first time, and pre-pandemic exhibited at:

  • Masterpiece
  • The Winter Antiques Show, New York

Historically, they exhibited at

  • The BADA Fair
  • Olympia
  • The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, New York
  • The Grosvenor House Antiques Fair

 

History

Thomas, Peter and Paul Coulborn

ThoThomas Coulbornmas and Mary Coulborn bought Vesey Manor in 1942 as a base for their expanding antiques business and they were joined by their twin sons, Peter and Paul in the late 1950s.

 

While Paul left the business to pursue his love of cabinet making in the 1970s, Peter devoted his life to antiques dealing, only gradually and reluctantly retiring around 2010.

 

Peter's son, James, also worked in the business between 1991 and 2005.

 

  

The Building - Vesey Manor

Vesey Manor

The business is situated in Vesey Manor in Vesey Coat of ArmsThe Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield (UK). Vesey Manor was built in the early 16th Century from sandstone. It originally belonged to John Harman (otherwise known as Vesey) who was a native of Sutton Coldfield. He was born around 1462 and died in 1554.

 

Vesey was Bishop of Exeter from 1519 to 1551 and from 1553 to 1554; he was a close adviser to King Henry VIII, a friend of Cardinal Wolsey and a tutor to Princess (later Queen) Mary. The Manor functioned as a farm until the late 19th Century when it was bought by Edward John Charles, a local entrepreneur who developed the land and extended the building, converting it into two dwellings.