Denys’ interest was inspired by his father and grandfather who were both collectors of Asian art. He purchased many of his items at auction, taking advantage of the economic downturn of the 1920s and 1930s. Japanese objects in particular were not fashionable at the time and Denys would always find good deals. His extensive research and excellent eye led him into amassing a unique collection.
His vast collection of objects, includes Japanese lacquer, armour and swords; Ancient Egyptian aretefacts; Stuart & Jacobite papers, portraits, and memorabilia; and Buddhist objects. Thanks to a volunteer-led project to document the vast book collection, Denys’ Library was open to the public in 2015.