hould you desire a Siberian mammoth tusk, a Chinese sabre-toothed tiger skull, the 10,000-year-old skeleton of a Romanian cave bear, a 35-million-year-old turtle from the South Dakota Badlands National Park or, indeed, a perfectly preserved 170-million-year-old mosasaur from Germany (yours for about £250,000), then Dale Rogers is your man. Operating out of swish premises in arty Pimlico Road in central London, where neighbouring interior design galleries include Linley, Gordon Watson and Andrew Lamberty, Rogers caters to a growing global interest in and market for fossils, minerals and other geological wonders. He numbers oligarchs and Arab potentates, investment bankers and lawyers among his clients. He also supplies a host of modish interior designers such as Collett-Zarzycki and Robert Couturier, and developers such as Candy & Candy, as well as the yacht designers Terence Disdale and Andrew Winch. As befts his rugged, outdoorsy appearance – you cannot help but be reminded of Indiana Jones – Rogers’s passion for fossils 104 Baku.
Dale Rogers in his London warehouse.