An antique dealer rogue targeted elderly Londoners in high-end areas of London. He flogged their precious collectibles with no permission, or just kept them, according to a hearing yesterday.

Peter Taylor, aged 61, created convincing flyers and business card designs, representing himself as an expert. He could sell the property at auction for good price, according to the jury.

Isleworth Crown Court heard the estimated loss to the 14 customers was approximately more than £195,920.

His previous legal name was Peter Tillott and he traded in the areas of Kensington, Fulham, Chelsea and Notting Hill.

Peter Taylor, 61, presented himself as a legitimate expert, who could obtain good prices at auction for the victims' property, the jury were told

Peter Taylor, aged 61, was presented as a valid expert and could fetch good prices at the auction for the victims’ property. The jury was told

Taylor from Twickenham pleaded guilty to 14 fraud counts relating to individual complainants between March 2016 – February 2019. 

According to the prosecutor, “This case involves targeting elderly and vulnerable complainants.”

“He sent flyers and business cards claiming to represent an auction house and offered to value, collect and then sell the items.

Taylor was a company called ‘Chelsea Auction House’ and ‘Muck2Brass. His 23-year old son listed himself as director.

The prosecutor stated that the defendant had changed his name to make a new start due to Peter Tillott’s reputation. 

One customer, company director Sheila Newsum, 83, who lives in a £1million West Brompton apartment, responded to Taylor’s business card, which he shoved through her letterbox, the court heard.

The Chair and Managing Director of Hunters Associates, an international events company, allowed Taylor to remove valuables from her home and said she suffered a £11,340 loss.

Katrina Charles, the Prosecutor said that she felt like she was working with an experienced professional. 

Also replying to his business card was Austrian-born psychoanalyst Karin Syrett, 79, who lives in a £800,00 apartment in Royal Crescent, Notting Hill.

Taylor deliberately targeted elderly homeowners in the poshest parts of London, flogging their valuable collectibles without permission or simply keeping them, a court heard yesterday

Taylor targeted elderly London homeowners, targeting them with the intention of selling their collectibles or keeping them.

Taylor had sold Taylor’s belongings to her without permission, she claimed.

According to the prosecution, Caroline Shamash, 50 (head of Saffron inner arts), was also accused. She provides luxury items for high-end interior design professionals.

She says Taylor disappeared with £5,295 worth of her property, including an expensive chandelier which she discovered he was selling on eBay.

A businesswoman tracked Taylor to his unit and met him.

Charles stated that Mr. Charles told her that defendant was out of town, in serious condition, and could be admitted to hospital.

Arnold Rosen also said he lost £2,285 worth of furniture Taylor removed in a hire van from his garage to sell at auction, the trial heard.

Isleworth Crown Court heard the estimated loss to the 14 customers was approximately more than £195,920

Isleworth Crown Court heard the estimated loss to the 14 customers was approximately more than £195,920

Another customer Roy Turner allowed Taylor and two assistants to walk out of his home with a treasured collection of thirty watercolours and prints, resulting in an estimated loss of £5,000-£10,000.

He claimed he tried to reach the defendant several times, but was unsuccessful.

French restauranteur Eric Payet, 44, allowed Taylor to clear his two old premises of all their contents and fixtures and fittings, resulting in an estimated loss of £112,000, he claims.

Taylor cleared out the house of Helen Ford’s mother, and he found a clock and mink coat as well as a silver coffee pot and music centre. He also had tankards, a pair of glasses carafes, and a couple of tanks.

He had claimed the possessions were worthless and the complainant estimated the loss at £2,500, Ms Charles added.

Another woman, Gill Miller, contacted Taylor after he put his business card through her letterbox and later saw her property for sale online, estimating her loss at £2,500.

Maria Gabriela Ponce de Leao was a veteran antiques dealer and allowed Taylor, who had been under immense pressure by her kids to release space pressure, to leave her house with 83 antique pieces.

She had already handed him over her ‘best antiques’ earlier and claims valuables, including bookcases, chairs and a bureau were sold for rock-bottom prices at Lots Road Auctions Chelsea, resulting in a £30,000-£50,000 loss.

Taylor defrauded Fulham’s property businessman at 72 years old, as well as two additional men and one woman.

It is continuing and will last for six more weeks.