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Mr Herbert Cescinsky

Herbert Cescinsky (1875–1950) was a prominent figure in the world of antiques and decorative arts during the early to mid-20th century. Born on April 4, 1875, in London, England, Cescinsky developed a passion for antiques from an early age, nurtured by his exposure to the rich cultural heritage of Europe.

Cescinsky's career as an authority on antiques began to flourish in the late 19th century when he started to contribute articles to various publications on topics related to art, furniture, and interior decoration. His insightful writings quickly gained attention, establishing him as a knowledgeable voice in the field.

In 1902, Cescinsky co-authored "English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century," a seminal work that solidified his reputation as an expert in antique furniture. This comprehensive study, written in collaboration with R. G. C. Waters, provided a detailed examination of English furniture styles and craftsmanship during the 18th century, showcasing Cescinsky's keen eye for detail and historical context.

Throughout his career, Cescinsky remained dedicated to advancing the understanding and appreciation of antiques. He tirelessly researched and cataloged various collections, contributing significantly to the preservation of cultural heritage. His expertise extended beyond English furniture, encompassing a wide range of decorative arts, including ceramics, silverware, and textiles.

In addition to his written works, Cescinsky was an avid collector and dealer of antiques. His personal collection served as a testament to his discerning taste and deep understanding of craftsmanship. He frequently advised collectors, museums, and auction houses, sharing his knowledge and passion for antiques with others.

One of Cescinsky's notable achievements was his role in founding the Antique Collector's Club in 1928, an organization dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of antiques. Through the club's publications and activities, Cescinsky sought to foster a community of collectors and scholars passionate about preserving cultural heritage.

Despite facing challenges during periods of economic turmoil and war, Cescinsky remained committed to his work, continuing to write, collect, and educate others about antiques until his death on November 7, 1950. His legacy endures through his written works, contributions to scholarship, and the continued influence of the Antique Collector's Club, which continues to thrive as a testament to his enduring impact on the world of antiques.


  1. Cescinsky, Herbert, and R. G. C. Waters. English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century. Country Life Limited, 1902.
  2. "Cescinsky, Herbert (1875–1950), art collector and writer." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  3. Fletcher, Banister. The Herbert Cescinsky Memorial Lectures 1950-1984. Antique Collectors' Club, 1986.
  4. Cescinsky, Herbert. A Guide to the Collections in the Herbert Cescinsky Memorial Museum. Antique Collectors' Club, 1952.


Cescinsky, Herbert, 'The Influence of the Architect on English Furniture', The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, Vol. 36, No. 204 (Mar., 1920), pp. 134-135 and 138-140.

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