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Story of Mallett

150 Years of History and Experience

Chapter I

The Octagon Chapel

Mallett's first premises were at 36 Milsom Street in Bath, in 1865. Founded by John Mallett, the company began to develop when his son, Walter Mallett, obtained the leasehold for the disused Octagon Chapel in Bath, designed by Timothy Lightholer in 1767.

The Octagon Chapel

The Octagon Chapel

The Octagon Chapel

The Octagon Chapel

When Mallett took over the building, two wings were added either side of the church for new showrooms and workshops were located to the basement.

The Octagon Chapel

The Octagon Chapel

Chapter II

London

An advert from The Connoisseur Magazine, October 1958

Following success at the 1908 Franco-British exhibition at Earl’s Court, Walter Mallett decided to open a permanent shop in London.

New Bond Street

Mallett took a lease on 40 New Bond Street, a large glass-fronted shop in the heart of Mayfair.
In the 1950s the showrooms were redesigned by the architect Raymond Erith: these interiors remain today as listed features and the only commercial interiors still extant by Erith.
In 1937 the business moved entirely to London and its Bath showrooms were closed.

Royal Appointment

In 1945 Mallett was awarded a Royal Warrant from Queen Mary, in recognition for her preference for Mallett as the preferred Antiques Dealer to Her Majesty.
Decades later royal visits were further received from the Queen Mother and HRH the Prince of Wales.
The present Queen bought a tortoiseshell and gold bracket clock from Mallett in 1959 to present as a State Gift to the Shah or Persia.

In 1987, Mallett floated on the London Stock Exchange to become a Public Limited Company, owned by its shareholders.

New Showrooms

In 1961, by now under the directorship of Francis Egerton, Mallett opened a second showroom in Bourdon House in Mayfair, which had been the home of the late 2nd Duke of Westminster until 1953. Bourdon House remained Mallett’s second London showroom until the premises were sold in 2007.

And, in May 1991 and after 80 years at 40 New Bond Street, Mallett moved to enlarged premises at 141 New Bond Street, with twenty rooms arranged over five floors, where we remained until 2012.

The Showrooms at Bourdon House

The Showrooms at Bourdon House

The Showrooms at Bourdon House

The Showrooms at Bourdon House

Mallett's showrooms at 141 New Bond Street

Mallett's showrooms at 141 New Bond Street

One of the rooms at 141 New Bond Street

One of the rooms at 141 New Bond Street

Chapter III

Growing the Mallett Business

New York

In 2003, Mallett established a presence in New York, with a showroom opened on Madison Avenue.

Spread over three floors and presenting a mix of twentieth century design and the 18th century pieces for which Mallett is famed, our New York premises are in one of the city’s iconic brownstone buildings.

In 2008, 'Meta' was launched in London.

Meta is a venture dedicated to the pairing of cutting edge contemporary design by renowned designers and acclaimed master craftsmen with materials and production techniques from the 18th century to create beautiful contemporary furniture and objects.