Waynes earliest find, at the age of six, was a huge Wedgewood black basalt vase that he found amongst the rubble whilst playing with friends in the bombed out houses left over from the war in his home town of Liverpool.
Taking it home he proudly displayed it on the window sill as decoration. This fuelled his lifetime passion for art and antiques.
After leaving school Wayne went on to become a specialist in the restoration of historic and listed buildings.
Wayne has run an Art Gallery for over two decades and is an Independent Consultant whose many clients include national museums.
Though Wayne specialises in Art Deco, Art Nouveau and the Applied Arts he loves many other periods and has a general knowledge with over 30 years experience.
He has built up several collections of sculptures and bronzes selling his first to fund a Grand Tour around Europe studying architecture.
In his spare time he plays Jazz clarinet and spends part of his weekends as a potter and sculptor and still tries to take a life drawing class once a week.
Wayne says one of the things that I would dearly love to find on The Antiques Roadshow would be a Bronze Panther by the sculptor Rembrant Bugatti. Or maybe a piece of furniture by his father Carlo. Or one of his bother Ettore's remarkable creations.
Filming with The Antiques Roadshow in Lutyens Crypt Liverpool.
Anita Manning from Antiques Roadtrip called in to do some filming in the shop.
This episode went out 21st September 2015.
So I get in and put my lights on and a board out in Water Street and my mobile rings.
“Oh hi it’s the BBC we will be with you just after eleven”
“What for” I asked as I didn’t have a clue
“Antique Road Trip”
Filming Celebrity Antique Roadtrip
The format is pretty well recorded David buys a few bits from me that he then attempts to sell on at a local auction, which unfortunatly may be Cato Crane's, and hopefully make a profit.
He is a dealer so of course he will be as hard a negotiator as the rest of us are.
Big in Japan
Watch it here http://youtu.be/hQ8NEa8h__M
Following the visit of a Japanese film crew late last year the programme Europe;Scenery of Water (yes that was the title) went out on BS Japan.
Japans Judith Chalmers was doing the travel programme. She even bought something a rather nice vase with which had been painted well with a slightly oriental lady.
Liverpool looks great the shop is featured at 00:26minutes into the video and is on for about 10 minutes.
I may be dubbed. I even told a joke that I shouldn't have, when she asked me where I was born.
"Ten minutes from Liverpool F.C's ground in Anfield" I said. "I learnt to know the score from the crowds reaction. Hooray.......one nil. Hoorayyyy.....two nil.....Hoorray .....three nil, although it could be confusing when the meat pies arrived".
To my amazement and relief, the crew all fell about laughing which is more than I can say happens when I tell it in Liverpool.
Eric Knowles Calls In To Film
"Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is".
As part of filming for the BBC2 programme
The programme goes out on Wednesday 18th April at 5.15 pm.
Here we are stopping for a chat during the brief period of the recent filming at my shop.
We were joking about the mileage we have to cover in this job, just to get the goods, then again to sell them.
I pulled his leg a bit about the velvet cushioned world of BBC's Antique Roadshow against the cut and thrust of reality. He has a sense of humour and it was all good fun. Hope I have not "Put my foot where my mouth is" It's a bit of fun and its right to take it in that spirit.
The shop gets a mention in in the satirical magazine Private Eye
14th December 2012
SAVE INDIA BUILDINGS
SAVE OUR SHOPS
FROM GREEN PROPERTY GROUP
I was recently asked to film a episode of Auction Party with Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen at Liverpool Town Hall.
I wasn't too sure at first, but they said the fee was £150, and that convinced me so off I toddled on a cold winter night the whole 100 yds stretch from my shop to the beautiful Liverpool Town Hall. It was great fun the programme is all about raising money for charity and I struck up a relationship with St Johns Hospice afterwards and sell some of their donated objects for them. It went out 25th July.
Liverpool Town Hall should look great and although I have not watched it myself yet have been informed that it does the city proud.
I was recently asked to take part in an ITV programme called Auction Party hosted by Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen. This should go out in June.
It was all good fun and its nice to help raise money for charity, especially St Johns Hospice.
The filming was done at the sumptous Liverpool Town Hall chandeliers and all.
Picture Courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post and Echo.
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Win an historic Blue Funnel sauce boat with The Liverpool Echo Shipping Lines
.Worth about £100 it is first prize in a competition to launch Danny beer (not to be confused with TV presenter Danni Behr), a real ale brewed especially by Frodsham Brewery.
Sales of Danny beer will aid the restoration of SS Daniel Adamson, Britain’s last steam tug tender, by DAPS, the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, at Sandon Dock, Liverpool.
The gleaming sauce boat is a fabulous memento of one of Merseyside’s world-famous shipping lines. It’s been part of the dining room silver service aboard Blue Funnel’s express cargo liners voyaging around the globe.
Made by renowned Sheffield firm Walker & Co, it was donated by Wayne Colquhoun, of antiques shop Circa 1900, in the breathtaking Holt’s Arcade, India Buildings
Beyond Westminster - The Perils of Planning
John Kampfner examines what the coalition's new proposals for planning decisions mean for 'localism'.
Saturday 30th April 2011
This week's Beyond Westminster looks at one of the most controversial elements of local politics: planning. Planning decisions for new developments are usually fraught and most people agree there needs to be change.
In the latest budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne announced he wants to see a 'presumption in favour of a yes to sustainable development in future planning decisions'. At the same time, the government has introduced a localism bill which will empower local communities to have more say in planning decisions. Can the two approaches work together?
John Kampfner visit the Copmanthorpe Wind Action Group, battling against wind turbines and Paul Vickers reports from Merseyside where a controversial new development, the Mann Island project has polarised opinion.
Producer: Paul Vickers.
I was asked for an opinion as a Heritage campaigner and resident of Liverpool
I took part in a feature for the ONE SHOW on BBC 1 Friday last the 2nd December 2011
the feature is about the threat to Liverpools World Heritage Site from unsuitable developments that threaten its integrity. It is 2 min 25 seconds into the programme.
I am very proud of the work I do in helping to Preserve Liverpools
World Heritage Site
This is an Independent article written by Andrew Rosthorn that was published 11.11.11
This is a picture taken from the set of Lilies, the acclaimed BBC production.
I was asked to do some room sets by the BBC and this is the Artemis House in the series. I originaly had a brilliant mirror for the fireplace but it picked up a reflect.
This was a house in Falkner Square in Liverpool 8.
I did a room setting for the Walker Art Gallery