About Mark Punton
A Northumbrian by birth, I grew up in a quiet seaside village where apart from some Scots & Northern Irish decent, I can trace my family back for over 500 years. I then lived in the beautiful cities of Bath and Canterbury before arriving in London nineteen years ago.
Firstly studying and qualifying as a chef and in hotel management, I realised this was not fulfilling enough and went on to study psychology and counselling. Since my teens I had followed a calling into the Church, and ended up on the staff of three ancient English cathedrals, including being inducted into the foundation of Canterbury, after which I came to London to become part of the staff of a busy Westminster Church, pursuing ordination to the Priesthood before deciding to ‘shelve’ it and inadvertently entering the world of antiques.
In 1999, I started managing a large store on the Kings Road, which is where I learned most of what I know about antiques and interiors today. It was there, I developed my knowledge and appreciation for beautiful objects. During those eight years, I worked with most of the leading interior decorators of the day, as well as distinguished clients from all walks of life, and I developed my particular passion for antique lighting and chandeliers.
In early 2007, I decided to set up a store of my own: Ebury Trading. I have found it a great challenge, but it has been immensely rewarding: I love working and surrounding myself with the beautiful objects I have chosen to share with everyone. I have a particularly ‘hands on’ approach and do a lot of my own restoration and photography, where I can be found in our Studio most early mornings, before opening the store.
My tastes, like any one’s, continue to change and develop. I am currently interested in mid-20th century antiques, particularly pieces by the Milanese architects and designers from this period. I am looking at ways in which 18th and 19th Century furniture and lighting can be used imaginatively alongside 20th Century furniture and decorative pieces and I try not to be swayed by current trends or moods, but buy things that I could live with at home.
For the last seventeen years, I have lived in south west London (A 20 minute walk from the store), escaping each weekend to my seaside home in south east Kent and I spend a lot of my spare time in Northumberland and Washington DC (when not in more unusual locations looking for new stock and finding time to relax).
I owe a great debt to my many inspirational friends, who have helped me to develop and grow the business
I look forward to welcoming you to my store,