Art dealer John Cserny has recently joined Alfies Antique Market in north west London. Taking up a stand in its art gallery, he brings a selection of fine art from the early 17th century up to the 1980s, encompassing everything from still life and landscape, to portrait and impressionist works.
What first interested you in art?
I remember when I was about 6, my father, who always had an interest in art, asked my opinion on a painting. From then on it’s always been an interest of mine.
How did you first start dealing in art?
Originally I had a career as a mechanical engineering designer, but in 1982 I decided to take a new path and pursued my love of art to become a professional dealer.
Do you have a personal favourite in your collection?
Yes, this one has always been my favourite; I bought it a long time ago thinking it was a portrait of the Admiral De’ Ruyter as it said so on the back, however it actually looks nothing like him and is in fact a portrait of the Admiral Cornelis Tromp, a Dutch navy officer who then became a Danish Admiral. He was quite a character, a ladies man and a heavy drinker. So much so that a lot of Dutch pubs are named after him. He was also very vain and at the time had all the best artists make portraits of him!
Do you have a favourite artist?
Yes, my particular favourite is the French painter James Tissot. I love his subject matters and how he conveys the Parisian party scenes.