The play ‘Quinney’ is based on the life of antique dealer Thomas Rohan and was first performed in 1914. Over a century later, it is been revived and will be part of a event taking place in March.
The event is called ‘SOLD! The Year of The Antique Dealer’ and the play is being performed by eight Leeds University students, who are studying on a theatre and performance course.
The play was written by Horace Vachell, who introduced the fictional antique dealer Quinney to readers in a series of novels. He based his character on real-life dealer Thomas Rohan, who had an antique shop in Bournemouth. Rohan wrote many books on antique collecting including ‘Confessions of a Dealer’ which was published in 1927. Anyone interested in learning about the history of the antique trade should read his books.
Quinney was a popular play and performed regularly until the 1950s. At least 11 antique dealers have named their shops after the fictional antique dealer. Quinney’s of Warwick was founded in the 1860s and is still trading.
‘The Year of the Dealer’ which is hosting the new performance of Quinney, shares antique trade history through putting on public events. The head of the organisation, Mark Westgarth of the University of Leeds, has researched the life of Rohan and shared his findings on his blog.
The play will be taking place on March 28th at The Witham, Barnard Castle.
There are no Quinney antique shops in Lancashire, but there is no shortage of quality antique desks, sofas, settees and other furniture available from dealers in the region.
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