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The Famous Old House Gallery  -  Leading Fine Art Dealers


Long Melford, Suffolk


Specialising in 19th & 20th Century Original British & Continental Fine Paintings & Sculptures; and Modern Glassware


It is always advisable to make an appointment to visit our gallery, especially if you are travelling any distance, to avoid the disappointment of arriving and we may not be open.

We can make appointments for serious potential/discerning buyers and these are 'free of charge and without obligation'. Please view our website to see if anything is of interest to you, in which case, please send an email or telephone us on 07572 903363 or 07875 153268. In doing so, we can then ensure that any specific works you may be interested in are on display when you call to see us.

Please note we do not really cater for the 'casual browsing general public', we are not a 'thing to do' and we are not a 'place of interest'. If you have a general interest in art or maybe you are an amateur artist looking for 'something to do' or some inspiration please visit a museum.  



Art Gallery SuffolkThe Famous Old House Art Gallery in Long Melford is nestled in a quiet corner of West Suffolk right on the border with Essex. The village of Long Melford in Suffolk has a famous past. Queen Elizabeth I visited Melford Hall during her reign when the area was flourishing as a wool centre. Long Melford has not one but two magnificent houses dating back to Tudor times, the other being Kentwell Hall. In more recent times, the village became famous for the setting of the 1980’s and 1990’s Lovejoy TV series, starring Ian McShane as a rather rogue antique dealer. At the time, the village had an abundance of antique shops and two antique emporiums still remain to this day. Long Melford is a little bit of Old England that attracts thousands of visitors a year.

Our Fine Art Gallery is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed timber framed building dating back around 500 years. The front façade still retains exposed timbers as does the interior. On the ground floor there are five fireplaces including a magnificent large inglenook fireplace in the main room. The six gallery rooms have been meticulously restored and have a perfect setting to show original masterpieces from times gone by. There is a light and airy room which was converted from an old kitchen and this is reserved to show more modern and contemporary pieces.

The ethos of the business is to provide Fine Art paintings in relaxed and comfortable surroundings where serious art buyers can enjoy a mix and variety of artwork at their leisure. The work displayed is mainly from a bygone era and typifies grandeur from the 19th & 20th century. There is a strong French influence and iconic scenes such as The Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame, The Pantheon and Café de la Paix can be seen in works painted by famous and highly regarded artists including Edouard Cortes, Antoine Blanchard, Antoine Bouvard Snr, Noel Georges Bouvard, Marcel Dyf, Jules Rene Herve and Eugene Galien-Laloue. British fine art is typically represented by Sidney Richard Percy, Sir Alfred James Munnings, Edward Seago, Sir John Alfred Arnesby Brown, Edward Ladell, Charles Spencelayh, Edgar Hunt, Cecil Kennedy, Harold Clayton and wildlife artist Donald Currie Grant. Suffolk's very own Clive Madgwick is also well represented with up to twenty paintings in stock and usually two exhibitions a year.

Modern Australian glassware compliments the historical paintings and we are favoured with displaying original and unique glass etched bowls by the reknown artist Rish Gordon. These feature African animals from her younger days when she lived in Kenya in East Africa. We are also UK stockists of a full range of glassware by the Gordon Glassblowing studio from Red Hill, Australia.

We also stock a selct number of charming original bronze sculptures, mainly French from the 19th & 20th century. Typical artists represented include Hippolyte Moreau, Auguste Moreau, Pierre Louis Detrier, Henri Honore Ple and Edouard Drouot.

The Famous Old House Art Gallery and the village of Long Melford in Suffolk is a truly special place to visit.

For an interactive view of our gallery please scroll down this page and use our free virtual tour facility.

If you are serious about serious art we look forward to seeing you soon!