The job of an art adviser is like that of a curator and a detective rolled into one, according to Abigail Asher, who has been in the business for three decades. ‘You need to be quite relentless, an advocate for your client, and have great perseverance and imagination. I love the chase and the acquisition,’ she says. With her business partner Barbara Guggenheim who founded the firm 40 years ago, Asher advises both connoisseurs and novices on European and American art from the turn of the 20th Century to the present day. ‘We like to work with a select group of people who are the right fit for us and we for them — it’s about going on a journey with them to build a collection together.’ She says the market is ‘in a very healthy place’.