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.

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.  Beauty, functionality and fine craftsmanship allow us to make lasting, sustainable lifestyle choices with integrity. The simplicity and form of good design is our overriding quest. No further explanation should be required. 

We have a particular passion for the work of architects and designers of the mid-century modern era, particularly from Europe and the USA. Our stock comprises pieces by well-known names such as Aldo Tura, Gio Ponti, Bruno Mathsson, Osvaldo Borsani, Otto Schulz and Arne Norell, and also quirkier pieces made with unusual materials and great skill by designers such as Anthony Redmile, Maitland Smith and Adrian Pearsall. 

Meeting the same criteria, we stock interesting antique pieces from all over the world, including Europe, Asia and the Middle East, from 17th century Indian tables and Georgian desks to Central Asian textiles and Indian miniature paintings. 

A beautiful home should smell as good as it looks, and on that note, we are also stockists of Florentine brand Santa Maria Novella."

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 both interior designers and private individuals on both residential and commercial projects. We have created a growing range of traditional and contemporary style furniture and lamps made exclusively for BEAR by craftsmen in West Sussex."

Barney Hindle Photography