M. Markley Antiques


   About the Markleys

Michael Markley

Meril Markley

Michael Markley got his start in the antiques business by accident, when he accompanied Meril on a two-year assignment in Paris.  When his promised work permit never materialized, he found himself in the position of putting his lifelong love of learning to good use – not only to find furniture for their unfurnished apartment but to satisfy his curiosity about the styles and techniques that make French antique furniture both beautiful and durable.
hat started out badly turned into the experience of a lifetime.  Drawing on skills learned in his earlier careers as a lawyer, a homebuilder, a retailer and a lighting designer, Michael needed only to learn French to make his dream into reality and his passion into a thriving business.   Thanks to the kindness and enthusiasm of many French dealers, Michael picked up the "antique French" necessary to learn the business from the inside out and to negotiate and buy his inventory.
After returning to the U.S., Michael established M. Markley Antiques as a division of The Markley Group, Inc. in order to offer the Château des Bois Collection
TM to those in the U.S. who treasure beauty and fine craftsmanship.
Michael works with designers for large projects such as hotels, but especially enjoys working with individuals who contact M. Markley Antiques when starting or adding to a collection of Gothic or Renaissance style furniture.

In the tradition of the French antique dealers we admire, our dogs Mischa and Margaux are also part of our business.  To learn more about them, click here.

Meril Markley is an international tax attorney at RSM US, LLP, taking the middle market to the global market.  Like Michael, she has had several careers and adores the antiques business because it combines creativity and passion while ensuring the preservation of the work of gifted craftsmen of centuries past.
Meril is responsible for research and preparation of the description of each piece.
  She brings to that task a background in the fine arts.  Her four years spent as a Music Major in Vassar College's Skinner Hall cemented her devotion to French Gothic architecture and Gothic Revival furnishings. She spent years studying at the Music Academy in Vienna, Austria, where she was a student of Fks. Hilde Rössel-Majdan.  Singing around Europe, Meril took the opportunity to study the art and architecture of the great cities where she lived and performed.  As a result of her overseas experiences, she speaks three foreign languages (Spanish, French and German) and can order a beer in several more.  She enjoys writing about travel, and the food and beverages that go along with it, in her columns for the Newsletter of the Wine Society of Texas (Greater Houston Chapter).
As an outlet for her passion to preserve and promote interest in classical music, Meril previously served on the Board of Directors of Mercury Baroque, Houston's renowned period instrument ensemble, and on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Grand Opera.
  She continues to sing for special events such as the annual celebration of Austrian National Day in Houston and for the Houston Astros.
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