About Us

BEAR is situated in a Grade II-listed building in the historic town of Petworth, West Sussex. Founded by Claire Penhallurick, former Director of Islamic and Indian Art at Bonhams, BEAR specialises in 20th century and antique furniture and works of art with an emphasis on mid-century design, alongside a selection of home accessories and gifts.

What services do you provide?

Antiques, Artwork, 20th Century Furniture, Home Accessories

How would you describe your style?

"As a basic principle, every piece of our stock is chosen for its aesthetic merits, quality and enduring design rather than being confined to a period or place of production. Good design, beautiful materials and fine craftsmanship allow us to make lasting, sustainable lifestyle choices. We have a particular passion for the work of architects and designers of the mid-century modern era, mainly from Europe and the USA. Our stock comprises pieces by well-known design names such as Niels Otto Moller, Johannes Anderson, Bruno Mathsson, Osvaldo Borsani, Aldo Tura, Gio Ponti and Otto Schulz, also quirkier pieces made with unusual materials by designers such as Anthony Redmile, Maitland Smith, John Widdicomb and Adrian Pearsall. 

Meeting the same criteria, we stock interesting antique pieces from all over the world, including Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

Alongside the furniture, we have a retail selection of home accessories and gifts, including Santa Maria Novella, David Mellor, Leach Pottery, Ichendorf Milan, Maison de Vacances, Volga Linen, Villa Bologna Pottery and Casa de Folklore."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

“We operate a bespoke sourcing service for antique and modern furniture and works of art, working alongside interior designers and private individuals on residential and commercial projects. We have created a small range of traditional and contemporary furniture and lamps made exclusively for BEAR by craftsmen in West Sussex.”

Barney Hindle Photography