On returning from France in 2010, my wife Helen and I had the very good fortune to acquire a 15th-century former guildhall, Tyger’s Head, in the centre of Old Tonbridge. Reputedly the oldest building in the town, Tyger’s Head has been reborn as the venue for the latest contemporary art gallery in Kent. The gallery opened its doors to an invited public for the first time in September 2011 for an enlightening series of exhibitions by prominent French and British artists.
Tyger’s Head was built around 1420 as a guildhall for craftsmen. It was extended and transformed into a house in the mid-18th century, but served as an inn for part of this period, hence its name. History has turned full circle as fine art and craft are now back on display in this remarkable building.
We completed the purchase 120 years to the day that it had been sold at auction to the Tonbridge family Bonner-Williams. It was the first time the house had been on the market since then. Tyger’s Head was waiting for us!
We will be holding monthly exhibitions, with a drinks soirée by invitation the third Friday evening of each month. Do please see the exhibitions page for latest details. There are lots of photos of previous exhibitions on the Genty Fine Art Facebook pages — you will observe how contemporary art works wonderfully well in this medieval interior. See you at the next exhibition!
After leaving Oxford, David and Helen founded Genty Fine Interiors in 1984. A fascination for painted decoration and historic interiors led them to carry out many decoration projects in the finest houses in London and the country.
Being trained initially in fashion and design, Helen has a natural eye for colour and fabrics. Her ability to understand and interpret the clients’ wishes is intuitive.
Frequently asked for advice on all aspects of property restoration, David decided to grow the business and take on complete turn-key commissions. Genty Fine Interiors dealt with the whole project management, the various trades, ordering all furnishings, supplying art works to compliment the decoration, even making sure the clientʼs favourite champagne was in the cooler and their perfume in their bathroom cabinet.
David and Helen now work mostly through architects Richard Holden and Andrew Harper, for a small group of clients, focussing on the preparation of schemes for residential interiors, colours, finishes and the supply of furniture, furnishings and lighting… and art work, of course!
For a more extensive view of some of our previous work you can view our portfolio of projects here.