But my mother's worst fear was that I would become a dilettante and a little later, at her insistence, I read law and went on to become admitted as a Legal Practitioner and focused on Crime but aesthetics remained an addiction. I have never truly been able to separate myself from the antique trade, influenced by the likes of Spencer Swaffer to whom, like many expats, I am truly indebted:
It was only later that I branched into interior decoration, remodelling and later making chandeliers and sconces, an ideal outlet for the frustrated metal smith. It was then that I came across Maison Bagues and Jansen and became what my mother feared the most ...... a dilettante.
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