Temple Gallery

Established 1959


Gallery Opening Times

The gallery is open on weekdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays, during exhibitions only, from 12 pm to 4 pm . At other times by appointment.

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The Temple Gallery is happy to provide general advice on dating, attribution, conservation, restoration and iconographical analysis.
We will also provide written valuations for insurance purposes for which we charge 1% of the total cost of the goods valued plus VAT at 20%. The minimum fee is £50 plus VAT.

The Temple Gallery is a member of The British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA).

The Temple Gallery

Richard Temple Founded the Temple Gallery in 1959 as a centre for the study, restoration and exhibition of ancient icons and sacred art.

He is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Art Fund (formerly the National Art Collections Fund of Great Britain) and has been active in the acquisition of icons by several major museums, among them the British Museum, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Timken Art Gallery in San Diego, California and the Museum of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Moscow. He has played a major role in the formation of several highly important private collections such as that of Mr Eric Bradley, which passed into the Museum of the Menil Foundation in Houston, Texas, the collection of the late Mrs John D. Rockefeller III and the collection, now housed in Vicenza, of the Banca Intesa, Italy.

Over the years he has published many catalogues and scholarly articles. In 1990 his book Icons and the Mystical Origins of Christianity was published by Element Books. It was reprinted in 1992. A new edition, published by Luzac Oriental, has now been printed. For more information click here. In March 2004, his new book, ICONS Divine Beauty, was published by Saqi Books. For more information click here.

"Richard the foremost dealer in icons"

Quoted from Kurt Weitzmann's
"Sailing with Byzantium, The Memoirs of an Art Historian"

"Temple...runs one of the world's great icon galleries"

Sister Wendy Beckett, in 'The Word' magazine, January 2005, p. 7