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In Athens, the young couple was well received and Pauline finished her architectural
studies while Neil worked as an illustrator.  In 1959, they moved to Italy, settling in
Rome's Trastevere section of town, the artistic bohemian center of the City. Surrounded
by the wealth of historic art and the creative spirit of post-war Italy, the couple thrived.
T
Neil and Pauline Pocock at a reception
with the Mayor of Rome (center), 1959
A Family's Legacy...
Pauline’s fine eye and blossoming expertise in
period English furniture, Georgian Silver and
19th Century British painters, was well
Fine Art Fort Lauderdale
Surrounded by these treasures and the adventure of the “hunt,” the young boys started a sweeping hand-on education that would
eventually become a
lifetime vocation.  Even today, those early memories are very much cherished.
Pauline with Italian Modern Art
After nearly 20 successful years in Italy - in 1980 the Pocock
family settled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Despite a quasi-
retirement ideal of life in South Florida, Pauline’s passion could
not be quelled.  She soon opened Pauline Pocock Antiques in the
Gallery’s first location, a showroom
designed in the Georgian
taste on the then fashionable 2400 block of Las Olas Boulevard.

Admired for her singular flair and evident knowledge, Pauline’s
new shop became an immediate success.  She readily garnered a
following among connoisseurs, prominent decorators and starting
collectors eager to learn about the fineries of art and antiques.


The relationship with her clients was always personal and very
friendly.  Indeed, even d
ecades after the first gallery opened, we
still enjoy these first clients’ patronage
, and it is always a treat to
see them come through the door.
Pauline, among the collection of Italian
contemporary Art pieces of the period, 1966
The Gallery flourished, in great part because of the quality of its offerings, the always beautiful vignette presentations and the
excellent values provided to its clients.  Before long, Pauline Pocock Antiques became know as one of the premier Fine Art and
Antique destination in South Florida.  A reputation of being a “dealer's dealer” was deserved, as the excellent values allowed
prominent Northern dealers to purchase quality pieces for resale, still affording them healthy margins.  The Gallery’s private clients
of course always enjoyed the same value - and continue to do so today.    

Over time the Gallery’s interest encompassed more fine art, particularly old master paintings and 19th Century American,
Continental and British works.  In 1986 the Gallery opened a full service conservation studio headed by Fiona Pocock - Pauline’s
daughter and recent graduate of the prestigious
Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro in Florence, Italy.  Fiona also became an
accomplished artist in her own right, a passion that eventually became a profession, and her
plein air examples were not only
proudly exhibited at the Pocock Gallery, but also at other prestigious venues around the country.  
Pauline Pocock Antiques Las Olas
Pauline, in the front room at the Gallery's previous Las Olas location, in 1996
By this time, the Gallery had moved to 607 East Las Olas Boulevard,
the home of Pauline Pocock Antiques for over 17 years.  The inviting
space was set up as a formal country home.  

In its new location, the Pocock Gallery became even more popular,
drawing a far-reaching clientele who had discovered the shop through
word of mouth, advertising and articles in fine art and antique
magazines, or simply by chance while visiting Fort Lauderdale.

Although involved behind the scenes for many years, Stuart Pocock
formally joined the firm full time in 1999. He contributed his avid
interest in Fine Art and helped further transition the emphasis for the
collection towards museum quality original painting
, and his love for
works by early 20th Century Impressionist painters.  

Andrew, married with two beautiful children, decided to rekindle his
always-strong connections to Europe and expose his family to a similar
lifestyle afforded him in his youth by his parents.  

In September 2003, Andrew and his family moved to Monte Carlo,
Monaco, where Andrew and Beatrice, his wife, opened their own Fine
Art and Antiques gallery on Boulevard d’Italie (
Pocock & Pocock).  
Fiona Pocock Corn
"View of the Capitol"
Oil on Board, 16" x 16" - signed lower right
Pauline Pocock Antique's transition as an art gallery continued to develop, as Stuart and Pauline drew their eye further toward fine
and important paintings.  They fortified the
gallery's interest in the Cape Ann painters, an important regional facet of the American
Impressionist Movement
, as well as Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists of the École de Paris.  As a result, Pocock Fine Art
has become recognized for its expertise in the
works of a number of painters, including Emile A. Gruppé (1896 – 1978); Aldro
Hibbard (1886 – 1972); Anthony Thieme (1888 – 1954); Carl W. Peters (1897 – 1980) and William Lester Stevens (American,
1888 – 1969)
;  The works of Jane Peterson (1876 - 1965), Richard Hayley Lever (1875-1958) and Johann Berthelsen (1883 -
1972), whose paintings can be invariably found adorning the gallery's walls.  

Stuart is also recognized among the foremost dealers in the works of Marcel Dyf (1899 - 1895), Antoine Blanchard (1910 - 1988),
the Vietnamese painters who also worked in Paris, Le Pho (1907 - 2001) and Vu Cao Dam (1908 - 2000), the works of Elie
Anatole Pavil (1873 - 1948) and André Lhote (1885 - 1962)... again, among many others.
In February 2005, the Gallery moved to its current home at 1200 East Las Olas Blvd., where Stuart Pocock formally took over the
direction of
POCOCK Fine Art & Antiques.   The new Gallery was specifically designed to hold the Pocock Collection of art that
at any time includes between 200 and 250 original oil paintings.  It is  in this elegant
“Salon” like setting, that today an ever-
changing exhibition of sensibly priced gems are available to our customers, patrons and clients, through gracious personal attention.
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Pauline B. Pocock
Despite weakening health, yet consummately driven by her
passion, Pauline made celebrated visits to the new gallery
virtually every day.
 But after a courageous battle against a
slough of medical setbacks, the glowing flame of life that burned
so brightly in
her, was ultimately extinguished on May 27, 2007.  

Pauline is
fondly remembered by her husband, her children and
s
even beautiful grandchildren who adored her.  She is also
remembered by so many
clients ~ her friends ~  the countless
people touched by her spirit and the generosity of her time.  
Anyone who knew Pauline
, knowns full well that she cannot be
easily forgotten.
 

Some have said it w
as an end of an era – and indeed it was. But
it w
as also the beginning of a new era, one built on the
foundation laid by a true mentor and supported by the family’s
h
istory in the arts.  The Pocock's continuing story as Fine Art
and Antiques dealers is kindled by the memories of Pauline and
the values
and knowledge imparted to her successor.  It
flourishes through o
ur continuing enthusiasm for the beautiful
things in life,
what we readily share with our own children, with
our
clients and our dear friends.  

What Stuart Pocock now shares in his Gallery, is Pauline's
continuing legacy for a new generation of art lovers.  


Today, Pocock Fine Art is regarded among the top dealers in
he Pocock's family legacy in the world of fine art and antiques, started when
Pauline and Neil Pocock met in Sydney, Australia.  They fell in love, and with a
flair for discovery, travelled to Europe, residing in Greece for a year.  
Fiona P. Corn
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1200 East Las Olas Boulevard,
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Tel. 954-525-3400 / Cell:  954-557-7277
E-mail:
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POCOCK Fine Art & Antiques
1200 East Las Olas Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 ~ USA
Tel. 954-525-3400 / Cell:  954-557-7277
E-mail:
info@pocockfineart.com
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With her academic background in the arts,
Pauline
soon became an established private
Modern Art dealer
and by the early 1960s,
was representing works by important
avant-garde Italian artists of the period.

Through her contacts, Pauline also pursued
an interest in period antiques and soon
emerged as one of the foremost period
antiques dealers in Italy, working exclusively
by appointment in her private showrooms in
Rome and Milan.   
received among Italian and expatriate clients, eager to acquire fine and appropriately
valued antiques. Through her personal  connections among many fine English dealers,
Pauline found these treasures scouring the British countryside, often accompanied on
these buying trips by her young children, Andrew and Stuart Pocock.
In 1983, Andrew Pocock joined the firm full time, contributing his own knowledgeable individuality to the shop.   Andrew rapidly
developed a following among his clientele and became recognized for his
own expertise in fine art and period antiques, particularly
early American furniture.
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museum-quality fine art in the Southeast, having placed works with a number of private and institutional collections throughout the
country and overseas.  The gallery also lends works of art for Museum exhibitions, either from our own inventory or sourcing
works that we have sold to our clients.   Stuart Pocock also offers expertise to auction houses and other galleries as well as
individuals seeking to validate pieces in their collection.  

Above all else, Stuart and his wife, Susana, enjoy spending time with their clients, who readily become friends.  It is a genuine
pleasure to showcase the latest treasures and to then find well-deserving and appreciative homes for the pieces in the Pocock
Collection.  Sharing one's passion is a great gift, and in the Pocock family, our passion is the love of art...
Thank you, Mom!