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A Family-Run Business

Burford Antiques was founded in 1994 by husband-and-wife Tony and Ann Burford. In its formative years the shop was based in Dumfries before moving to Castle Douglas in 2010. In 2017, ownership of the shop was passed to their son Jason Burford and his wife Kirsty Burford.

Form a young age Jason was involved in the world of antiques, with his parents guidance he developed a keen eye for high end decorative items. Upon marrying Kirsty, an Ayrshire based artist, Jason’s interest in the world of contemporary art grew. Their combined passion and knowledge for antiques and artwork is demonstrated in a vast and eclectic ever changing stock collection.


In 2021, the couple purchased the former TSB bank four doors down from their original King Street premises. After much renovation and hard work by the couple the new storefront began to take shape. ‘The space was so well-lit and airy, the building sort of dictated what it should be. We both just saw the space and said, “art gallery”’ says Kirsty on the subject of how the gallery came to be. The new shop reflected the couple in their entirety, with the ground floor becoming an antiques hall, and the first floor becoming an art gallery.


With the grand re-opening in 2022 the shop was now ‘The Artist @ Burford Antiques’, a new name that embodies the joint ventures and passions of its owners. The gallery has already exhibited many fine artists in its first year, including Douglas Lennox, Dianne Gardner, Frances Clark and Vanessa Lawrence to name a few.


In July and August of 2022, The Artist @ Burford Antiques was very proud to exhibit the work of Gerard Burns in ‘The Gerard Burns D&G Exhibition’, an accolade for the newly established gallery and continues to work closely with Gerard to exhibit original artwork.


‘The mixture of antiques and artwork works well’ says Jason Burford. As Burford Antiques’ product procurer, he travels countrywide in pursuit of the ideal item. ‘There is always something new turning up and something new to learn in this business, it is an addiction. Times change and fashions change but I like to keep ahead of things. It never ceases to amaze me what turns up or what I might be asked to source for a customer’ he adds.


From furnishing entire country houses to tracking down replacement teacups, the couple are well-versed in all aspects of the antique trade.

A statement from the owners –

‘We hold sentimental value very close to our hearts which helps us provide the best of service for our customers. We understand that our items are important to you whether it is artwork, collectibles or fine jewellery. We are always on hand to offer advice and information; we aim to give you the best shopping experience we can.’

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