THE much respected Eric Knowles will once again be travelling to Fuengirola to advise visitors to the Over 50s show as to the value or otherwise of their antiques.
Always looking cheerful on TV, this ‘lad from Lancashire’ became interested in antiques at an early age and was encouraged by his parents who bought and sold the odd item.
It was in 1976 that he joined Bonham’s auctioneers in London as a porter in the ceramics department and he has happy memories of his time there and the fact that he was treated well even though he didn’t have a ‘cut glass accent’.
He was determined to progress in his chosen field and soaked up information from colleagues as well as being a regular visitor to the nearby Victoria and Albert Museum (and its free lectures) which was just down the road from the auction house.
Knowledge is power and as he gained more, so became a head of department after just five years and then a director of the company four years later in 1985 where he remained until 2009 when he left to extend his broadcasting, lecturing and writing interests.
As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he has become a much respected authority on European and Oriental ceramics from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.
He also has a particularly interest and knowledge of the glass of the nineteenth and twentieth century, most notably he French master Rene Lalique and he has written numerous books on Victoriana, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Royal memorabilia.
He is in demand as a lecturer across Britain, Canada and the USA as well as being involved with several charities.
Eric’s TV and radio CV is formidable. He has appeared on Crimewatch, Antique Master, The Great Antiques Hunt, Going for a song, Period Property, Restoration Man and Put your money where your mouth is but he will forever be associated with The Antiques Roadshow where he made his first appeared in 1981.
The 50s Show takes place on Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3 at the IPV Palace and Spa Hotel in Fuengirola newt to the Sohail Castle with opening times of 11am to 5pm each day.
Apart from Eric there will be a range of experts offering advice and assistance on a whole array of different matters as well as some great entertainment from Mr Maph and Simone as well as other local musical talent.