A passion for art, antiques and history led Alexander 'Sandy' Rich to found Tregeagle in 2017. In a short space of time the business has gained a distinguished reputation as a source for genuine, remarkable and well researched objects and a place to turn to for professional advice on all aspects of collecting.
As a specialist dealership in idiosyncratic and academic works of art, historical objects and ethnographica, Tregeagle's stock is drawn from a broad range of cultures and periods in a variety of media. Frustrated with the art market's diminishing connoisseurship and increasingly monotone emphasis on financial value, Tregeagle's priority is on the wealth of colourful interest, aside from monetary worth, which can be created by well chosen works of art. Rarity is not always reflected by price - sometimes the least expensive item tells an invaluable tale.
Before graduating in Theology from Durham University, Sandy worked for a museum, an auction house and a Bond Street art gallery. He subsequently spent 25 years in art-market related financial services, working for some of the world's foremost art insurers, where many leading art dealers, private collectors and museums were amongst his clients. In 2011 Sandy won the BBC’s "Antiques Master" quiz series and began to consider dealing in art on his own account. Three years later he guest-curated “Peace Breaks Out! London & Paris in the Summer of 1814” at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London – an exhibition which showcased items made to commemorate the premature peace celebrations which followed Napoleon’s first exile to Elba. Sandy has a Diploma in Art History from the University of Oxford, from where he graduated With Distinction.
With in-house expertise and an unrivalled network of trusted contacts throughout the artworld, developed over decades, the business can offer all-round independent, impartial and professional advice on all things art-related including:
◆ Purchase and sale of works
◆ Sourcing of items
◆ Research and provenance inquiry
◆ Independent valuations for insurance or probate
◆ Curatorial advice
◆ Conservation, display and lighting
◆ Insurance and security
◆ Storage, transportation, import and export
◆ Interior design and decoration
◆ Commissioning contemporary work
◆ The discreet transaction of auction bids
◆ Legal issues relating to heritage, culture and museum loans
Based in Oxfordshire, clients come from across Europe, America, the Middle and Far East and Australia.
There's a house we can build
Every room inside is filled
With things from far away
The special things I compile
Each one there to make you smile
On a rainy day
"A Million Dreams" Pasek & Paul