Skip directly to content

Eric Knowles

Back»

 
Eric Knowles is recognised world-wide as an expert in his chosen field, and a well-known face in the world of antiques, particularly to viewers of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. He is one of those rare individuals who are able to share his considerable knowledge in a way that is both exciting and easy to understand.
 
Born in Nelson, Lancashire, in 1953 he worked in both engineering and for a firm of antique shippers in the early 1970’s. His love of antiques, inherited from his parents, came to the fore in 1976, when he joined Bonham’s, the London auctioneers, working first as a porter in the ceramics’ department, before becoming Head of the Department in 1981.
 
In 1985, he was offered a full directorship at Bonham's. Eric Knowles is a leading authority in the following fields: European and Oriental Ceramics from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century; the glass of Tiffany and Lalique; and Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Decorative Arts. Today he looks after museum liaison and several of his finds can now be seen in national museums. Since January 2009 Eric has since been independent of Bonhams and offers his own valuation service.
 
Eric is on BBC2’s most popular programme Put your money where your mouth is and alongside Sandi Toksvig on Antique Master searching for the UK’s top amateur antique expert. Other appearances include The Twentieth Century Roadshow, Crimewatch UK, Going For A Song, The Great Antiques Hunt and The Antique Inspectors.  He was a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind Christmas Special in 2004 where he narrowly missed winning the trophy by 2 points! 
 
He has been involved with an historical renovation series for Discovery Home & Leisure called The House That Mackintosh Built, property series Period Property and Restoration Man. 
 
Alongside his regular TV and radio appearances, he has written books on Victoriana, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Royal Memorabilia. (But his real claim to fame and immortality is the Eric Knowles character jug produced by Royal Doulton pottery.)
 
In 2005 he became the resident Sunday Times Antiques Expert, and he remains a frequent contributor to the BBC Homes and Antiques magazine and ARC online magazine.
 
Eric is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has lectured extensively in the UK at such renowned museums as the Victoria and Albert and the British Museum and he has also lectured in both the USA and Canada. He is guest lecturer at The University of Central Lancashire and at Solent University, Southampton.
 
A patron of several charities, Eric is a long-standing Ambassador for the Princes Trust, and is invited to present Duke of Edinburgh Awards at both St James' and Buckingham Palaces.