Vicary Antiques began life high above a shoe shop in the centre of Lancaster in the Summer of 1975.
Back then we specialized in bamboo furniture, patchwork quilts and Clarice Cliff pottery. Since then we’ve gone slowly downhill. We now maintain a ground floor shop in the small town of Carnforth, some five miles north of Lancaster on the Cumbrian borders, which is open infrequently. We still carry a very eclectic range of stock, a very small proportion of which is shown on our website. We’ve dropped the bamboo furniture (about 1980) and the Clarice Cliff (even earlier) although you may still find the odd patchwork quilt poking up between the paintings and prints.
We now specialize in the Arts & Crafts movement and its relationship with two dimensional art. Thus we carry a large stock of paintings/etchings/woodcuts etc from around 1900 and the start of the etching revival. As we live on the edge of the Lake District, we try to have examples of the craft movement that burgeoned in and around Cumbria from the 1880s….furniture by Arthur Simpson and Stanley Davies, Keswick metalware, paintings by Collingwood and so forth. We also stock examples of studio ceramics by some of the leading potters of the post first world war generation. If it’s not on our website, please e-mail us…we may have it! We are also very interested in purchasing paintings and prints by the Liverpool artist, James Hamilton Hay (1874-1916) who has been a long-standing hero of ours.
Most of our stock is sourced locally, as a result of being in the same area for so long. We do not stand at Antique Fairs. All our stuff is unconditionally guaranteed to be what we say it is, and the condition we say it is. We are happy to send smaller items by post (at cost) and for larger items we use the excellent ‘Freight Alert’ website, which we have found to be both very quick and reasonable. All items are subject to return if not entirely satisfied. We are very happy to open the shop by appointment…we are only 3 minutes from the M6 motorway at junction 35. Please see our contact details.