Leslie and Baggott is so much more than an Art and Antiques shop just north of Dumfries. It has quickly become the place that people go to when they want advice on how best to sell items, clear their house or buy something special, however large or small, expensive or affordable.
The shop itself is based in an historic house (Robert Burns lived there for a while), where almost every room is a gallery to be browsed, in a setting that makes sense. Each item is tagged with a description that tells you exactly what it is, when it was made and sometimes, by whom. Set in beautiful gardens and next to a peaceful lake people spend hours relaxing at Isle Tower. It is becoming a destination, helped by the fact that it is close to at least two award winning pubs.
Relaxing, however, is something that the owners seldom do. They spend their days taking orders from Australia, Canada or anywhere in the world, valuing jewellery, furniture and art from every era and collecting, examining and selling a huge range of items.
The real assets of the business are Miranda Leslie and Henry Baggott, with their 50 years’ experience of the antiques world. After careers in Christies, Bonhams and established Antiques businesses, Miranda and Henry can bring their expertise to bear on almost anything from a 17th Century sideboard to a collection of beautiful jewellery. From books to bronzes, tables to chairs, furniture to fun things from the Fifties, they can provide advice on buying or selling. Whether the answer is the shop, an auction, a private deal or some special assignment, they understand the process and make it easy and transparent.
With a growing network of channels to the market and a web site that is browsed by people from around the world they can ship almost anything, almost anywhere. From rural Scotland to rural Australia, there is no longer a barrier to what might be seen as just a local business.
The shop is open from Monday to Saturday, 10.00 – 5.00 pm (click here for directions).
Please call us on 01387 721 377
Alex Leslie, Miranda Leslie
Henry Baggott, Pippa and Pax
Miranda Leslie ran Christies jewellery
department in Scotland and in Amsterdam
and then Bonhams Jewellery in Scotland
before becoming Managing Director there
for 10 years. As well as having a career in
jewellery and being a Fellow of the
Gemmological Association, Miranda has
numerous other areas of interest in the art
world as well as in interior decoration.
Henry Baggott, the son of an antique dealer
owned an antiquarian bookshop in Stow on
the Wold for 10 years, he then joined Bonhams
in Edinburgh as a specialist for 6 years where
he managed their Sporting Sales and the
Book Department. He has a keen eye for design,
both traditional and modern.
Alex Leslie has been a journalist
for over 10 years, writing for a range
of publications and focusing for the
last few years on disruptive technology.
At Leslie and Baggott Alex will be
responsible for communications and
the web site, and frankly he cannot
wait to write about less disruptive issues
than the rise of robots and artificial intelligence.
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