Jessica Wallrock

IMG_2750Wallrocks History: Wallrock Antiques was established in 1974 by Nick Wallrock – the store would go on to become an institution in the Australian antiques world.

In mid-2016, after ten years of intensive training under Nick , daughter Jessica Wallrock took the reins to become Director of Wallrocks. Jessica joined the family firm in 2009, becoming the fourth generation of Wallrocks to enter the world of antique dealers.

Jessica brings a strong partnership of experience, history and heritage with a fresh, contemporary and innovative eye for design to Wallrocks. After finishing her bachelor degree in Marketing & Advertising at Queensland University of Technology, she worked in marketing for several years before taking what experience she’d gained to build up a national online presence for Wallrock Antiques, taking the company from one that had been Brisbane based for 30 years, to one that had a large national following within a few years.

Jessica went on to study and qualify in interior decorating and furthered her education with an Art History intensive at Christies London in 2016. While working at Wallrocks she became the beneficiary of a vast combined knowledge of her father Nick Wallrock and UK-based uncle, well-known antique dealer Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques.

Jessica has a passion for incorporating fine quality antiques into both contemporary and traditional settings to create breathtaking interiors. Her ability to combine expertise with a fresh, modern design sensibility makes Jessica uniquely placed to help customers realise their personal creative vision.

Jessica is on a mission to educate a new generation of buyers, that antiques exciting, beautiful and enormously versatile in their application. Her focus is on assisting buyers who are ready to move on from the world of mass-produced furniture to be daring enough to explore the world of antiques, a world of living art.

At heart, Jessica believes it is better to own one exquisite statement piece than 100 inferior substitutes.

We only import beautiful quality antique furniture, which has truth, integrity and authenticity.

Every piece in the Wallrocks Collection tells a story, rich in history. If only they could talk, we would hear magnificent tales of royal households, learn of arduous journeys aboard warships sailing into battle and discover the everyday tales of long-forgotten families from a bygone era.

Wallrocks reputation rests on the quality of its collection. We do not sell inferior quality antique furniture, nor do we stock replicas – every piece is authentic and original and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity detailing the full description, circa and origin.

Throughout Australia, Wallrocks is renowned for the breadth and depth of its antiques collection which is indeed extensive, boasting 18th and 19th century French provincial antiques, French Empire, Louis XV and XVI, English Regency, Anglo-colonial, Georgian Fine Furniture, Italian, Spanish antiques and much more.

Wallrocks has a range of one-off pieces encompassing fine furniture and French provincial antiques, antique lighting, objets d’art, stunning architectural antiques, Anglo-colonial and French antique mirrors – everything you might need to exquisitely furnish a bedroom, dining room, lounge, kitchen or garden.

For those who value quality, Wallrocks has become an institution, not only in Brisbane, but the rest of Australia. In 2009 with a showroom bursting at the seams and inadequate car parking spaces, Wallrocks moved to larger premises in Albion. What was once an old mechanic’s workshop is now transformed into an extensive and well-appointed showroom.



Nick Wallrock

Nick WallrockOver 35 years ago, Nick Wallrock founded Wallrocks; the store would go on to become an institution in the Australian antiques world.

In 1974, when hair was long and skirts were short, a young and adventurous Nick Wallrock boarded a ship in the south of England and set out to make a new beginning for his family. It was time of growth, adventure and their was a growing sophistication, when worldlier tastes and outlooks were beginning to change the face of Australian culture.

Coming from a long line of antique dealers, Nick was perfectly placed to act when he noticed a growing demand for English and Victorian antique furniture for the Australian market. Capitalising on his background and connections in the industry, Nick opened his first store in the Woolloongabba precinct, where it thrived for over 30 years before moving to its current Albion location in 2009.
Nick has been an Australian Customs Authenticator for antiques for over 20 years. He has been a member of AAADA and QADA since 1976, and was President of QADA for many years before retiring from the position to focus on the business. Nick trained daughter Jessica from 2009 through until 2016 in a vast industry knowledge that would otherwise have been lost.

The Wallrock origins in the antiques business began in the early 1900s in England. One wonders whether Samuel could have known his legacy in fine antiques would endure nearly a century later in Australia.


When Samuel Wallrock decided to set himself up in the antiques trade he clearly had one eye on the future, but he could hardly have imaged the distances of time and space across which his legacy would flourish.

A significant and well-known figure in London property development,
Jessica Wallrock’s great-grandfather Samuel became president of the London Auctioneers Society during the 1920s and 1930s. He established and ran Samuel Wallrock and Co., The Blenheim Estate Offices and Auction Galleries, Auctioneers, Valuers, Surveyors & Estate Agents at the famous Blenheim Street and New Bond Street in Mayfair.

“The Principal believes these galleries will become the rendezvous of London buyers and sellers.”

Indeed he was correct. This antique auction house boomed and later became known as Phillips and is today the famous Bonhams Auction House, London.

Samuel was held in high regard. In periodicals of the day, it was noted, “there is possibly no name better known in the Estate world or Auction Galleries than that of Mr. Samuel Wallrock. “…in Mr Wallrock one sees a person who would view failure as an impossibility…he is proud of being absolutely a self made man.” His attention to detail on behalf of his customers was celebrated.

As his establishment flourished, Samuel Wallrock mixed in salubrious circles. He was a great personal friend of Albert Einstein. Even more exalted company came in the form of Queen Mary, Queen Consort and wife of King George V. A well-known collector of fine antique porcelain, Queen Mary was known to take tea with Samuel Wallrock to view his superior collection. In 1948, Queen Mary’s Private Secretary wrote to Mr. Wallrock:

“Queen Mary greatly enjoyed her visit, and I need hardly add, was immensely interested to see your collections.

Her Majesty was very much impressed by the beauty of your Coalbrookdale china and wishes me to express sincere gratitude for the delightful piece you so generously presented to her.” Family folklore has it that Samuel regularly hid his very best pieces of porcelain prior to Queen Mary’s visits lest he felt compelled to present them to Her Majesty…

It’s this story of his Samuel’s exploits that most amuses his grandson, Nick Wallrock, who followed in his grandfather’s footsteps when he founded Wallrocks Antiques.

Wallrocks Fine Furniture

Latest Antiques to the Collection

Looking for the perfect piece for your front entry, bedroom or living area? Something that stands out from the crowd and that will last a lifetime? Look no further than Wallrocks fine furniture collection - or for something truly remarkable, browse our Antiques of Distinction.

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Marquetry Side Cabinet Antique
Item code: PYF
French Louis XV Commode
Item code: 20K


19th Century Marquetry Antique Cabinet
Item code: 18J


English Marquetry Side Cabinet
Item code: 401
Rare 19th Century Italian Antique Decorated Commode
Item code: 8072
Japanese Box Antique
Item code: LJ49P

Jannene Madden, Melbourne, Victoria

""Recently I went online searching for a particular piece of furniture and found an interesting piece at Wallrocks in Brisbane. It so happened I had planned a trip to Brisbane and upon entering the store, was very impressed with the quality of their pieces. Nick kindly offered to include my chosen piece in his next delivery to Melbourne, whereby I could place the piece insitu to ensure I was totally happy with the size and appearance. He was also happy to take the furniture back to Brisbane if it did not suit my space. Of course the piece was absolutely perfect and is a much treasured piece adorning my home.""

Joan Greenwood, Warrick

""Every item has arrived in excellent condition and beautifully restored. Thank you both for the pleasure you and your antiques have brought and continue to delight me and my family. It is a pleasure to do business with Wallrocks.""

Christine Spencer, Brisbane, Queensland

"My husband and I have been dealing with Jess and Nick Wallrock for the past 2 years. Their insight and expertise of all antiques is amazing. They are extremely knowledgeable and passionate and have no trouble sourcing items from all over the world. I have full confidence in all the items we have purchased for our home and I fully trust and respect their expertise. Wallrock's is like an Aladdins Cave that is my one stop shop for all things wonderful and beautiful They are the best antique dealers in Queensland hands down and I have no hesitation in any item that I purchase from them. We Hope to have a long ongoing association with them for many years to come. I love and value all the little treasures that I've brought from Wallrock's and look forward to acquiring many more. "

Narissa Perks - Director NT Corporate, Perth WA

"Hi Jessica I have been meaning to drop you an email to thank both yourself and Nick for all your help with the bed and bedside tables. It has been a pleasure dealing with you both and I am just so thrilled with the bed and the tables. They both complement each other so well, I couldn't be more pleased. The restoration of all the items looks amazing and Nick's instructions for assembly were very helpful. It now feels like we are staying in a luxury hotel every night! I would have no hesitation in purchasing items through you again or in recommending you to friends. I am just so pleased with the purchase. I admit that I was somewhat apprehensive making such a large purchase on an item I had only seen on your website and I hoped it looked every bit as good in real life (it did!), especially given I hadn't told my husband about it! Thankfully he loved it when I did the big reveal. The photos were fantastic and your professionalism set me at ease. "

Doug Patrick, Melbourne, Victoria

""My wife and I met Jess and Nick at an antique exhibition in Melbourne in mid-2014. We had long been looking for a special piece of furniture for one of the rooms in our Victorian-era home, and we were delighted to find exactly what we wanted at the Wallrocks stand. Jess and Nick could not have been more informative and encouraging, and our precious item was duly delivered to us with great care and efficiency. In addition, and thanks to their extensive range of stock, Jess and Nick were able to source and deliver two further items which complemented our original purchase. Together, the three items have made a dramatic difference to our home. My experience with the Wallrock family has been very satisfying, and the efforts which they have made to establish an outstanding website will ensure that I am able to find more irresistible items in the future.""

Elizabeth Foster, Gold Coast, Qld

""Hello Jessica I just wanted to thank you ……I love the bed! It has surpassed all expectations. I am amazed at how beautiful it is. Please pass on this note to any who are considering buying an antique through “Wallrocks” It is encouraging to find people that can combine passion with their work and this was evident from the first time I stepped through the door at Wallrocks. Nick Wallrock’s qualifications and experience in sourcing antiques is demonstrated in the simple act of displaying the antiques in their natural un-restored state. Most insightful, as it allowed me to see the piece I intended to buy for what it truly is. Seeing restoration take place on site further bolstered my approval that the piece I bought would be given the respect it deserved. Lynden and Peter are truly gifted restorers as evident in the finished piece. I enjoyed talking with them and seeing their restoration work in progress. Visualising the finished piece in my home was an easy step to take with the assistance of Jessica Wallrock (Nick’s daughter). Jessica’s has a natural ability with style and taste. Jessica imparted to me that antiques are not only beautiful but also useful and easily incorporated into the modern home. I hope that your experience with “Wallrocks” is as rewarding as mine. To Jessica, Nick and everyone at Wallrocks…..Thank You. I look forward to dealing with you in the future.""

Nerolie Withnall, BA LLB Company Director & Former Lawyer, Brisbane Australia

""I have been buying fine French and English antique furniture from Wallrocks Antiques for 20 years and I continue to do so. The antiques Nick brings from his many sources in the UK and France are always beautiful; where necessary restoration is carried out onsite with sensitivity and craftsmanship; all items are properly and honestly provenanced, and Nick is generous in sharing with his clients his deep knowledge and understanding of antiques and antique markets. I have been very happy with all of my dealings with Wallrock Antiques. My home, and my life have been enriched by their lovely furniture.""

Paul Stack, Taree, NSW

""We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Jessica and Nick during our recent house renovations. The quality and knowledge of their furniture is fabulous and the restoration work (when needed) enhanced the look and feel of every item. Our chairs are beautiful and the new upholstery magnificent. The whole interior design process was handled by Jessica professionally and for a great price. Being located outside of Queensland was not an issue with all items personally delivered, quickly and safely, by Nick. Thanks to the team at Wallrocks our home is now more beautiful than ever!""

Samuel Wilkinson - Designer, Our Place, London, UK

"Thank you Jessica and the whole team at Wallrock’s Antiques, it was an absolute pleasure working with you. Without your ability and help in tracking down specific pieces that my client required for their federation era property I would have been lost. The quality of the pieces are first rate, the service amazing and whenever I had a gap in my project, it was Wallrock’s who I rang first. The great surprise was having Nick Wallrock personally deliver the items to site and have the opportunity to talk antiques, architecture and have his experienced eye cast over what we had been up to. There is an obvious passion for quality antiques and history throughout the multiple generations of Wallrock’s Antiques."

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