Eric Knowles

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Eric Knowles
Born (1953-02-19) 19 February 1953 (age 62)
Nelson, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Antique ceramics expert

Eric Knowles (born 19 February 1953 in Nelson, Lancashire, England)[1] is a British antiques expert whose main interest is in ceramics.

Eric joined Bonham’s auctioneers as a porter in the ceramics department in 1976 and became head of the department in 1981.[2] By 1992 he was given responsibility for setting up Bonham's offices in Bristol. He has since returned to London to continue with directing the Decorative Arts Department.[3]

He first became famous after being a ceramics expert on the Antiques Roadshow. He has also appeared in such programmes as, Going for a Song, Going, Going, Gone, Noel's House Party,[4] Call My Bluff and 20th Century Roadshow. He has presented the 20 episodes of Restoration Roadshow on BBC for several weeks in the summer of 2010 (ending 3 September).[5] He is the challenger setter and adjudicator on BBC Two's Antiques Master assisting host Sandi Toksvig. As of 2012, he is on the UK TV show Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.[6]

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Ambassador for the Prince's Trust. Knowles is associated with several other charities including Headway, FABLE (For a better life with epilepsy), the New Mozart Orchestra and Wycombe Scanappeal.[2]

He is also passionate about 60's music, the Motown catalogue, and was at one time a DJ with a show playing northern soul.[3] Knowles is fan of football team Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

On 3 May, 2015 it was reported that Eric's son Seb was killed in a road accident.[7]


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