Whytock & Reid

In 2022 we bought one of the most famous names in Scottish cabinetmaking – Whytock & Reid.

Georgian Antiques owners (and brothers) Padraic & John Dixon have fondly collected Whytock & Reid pieces over the years and now have the largest stock of Whytock & Reid furniture under one roof in the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the acquisition, John said, “When we were given the opportunity to acquire the name of possibly the most famous furniture maker in Scotland, we found it hard to resist.”

Whytock & Reid were founded in 1807 and until 2004 were the leading high-quality cabinetmakers of Scottish furniture in Edinburgh and were renowned for their unique style, craftsmanship and sheer quality.

John says, “Alongside furnishing the great palaces, castles and houses of Scotland, they also had a long and fruitful working partnership with notable architect and designer Sir Robert Lorimer (can find out more about the Lorimer influence here). They furnished the liners of the Clyde and the board rooms of St Andrew’s Square. One of the reasons we took the opportunity to buy the name was the companies long and illustrious history, including being one of only two companies in the world to hold a Royal Warrant continuously for over 150 years.”

From their beginning in 1807, Whytock & Reid developed a strong reputation and distinctive identity – receiving international recognition in the fields of upholstery, decoration, cabinetmaking and high-quality furniture. If you’re familiar with the area you might have seen their workshop based in Sunbury House, Belford Mews (near Dean Village).

Today, Whytock & Reid pieces are highly sought after and are increasing in rarity value. By owning the Whytock & Reid name, Georgian Antiques intends to honour the history and craftsmanship of these pieces by ensuring the name remains highly valued for many years to come.

This marble top secretaire a abbatant by Whytock and Reid has all of their classic qualities and is one of the finest examples we have recently sold. Circa 1900, it is made in the Louis XVI style and retains the original Whytock & Reid locks by Langebearg & Co, Birmingham, and has a receipt for alterations from Whytock & Reid on 25 October 1955.

Below, you will see some of our Whytock & Reid pieces we have available. Just click the images and it will direct you to the item link. If any catches your eye, please feel welcome to get in touch!