Art Advisers

Spears 2019

BALDWIN’S

BALDWIN’S

A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd has a history that dates back to 1872, and is one of the largest and longest established numismatic dealers and auction houses in the world. Their dedicated team of world-class specialists have over 200… Read More

COINCRAFT

COINCRAFT

The name Coincraft rings globally as a traditional family store with a Dickensian vibe. Founded in 1955 by Richard Lobel, the company has been running for over half a century. Coincraft is a haven for devoted collectors and dealers where… Read More

SPINK & SON

SPINK & SON

Established in 1666, auction house and collectibles company Spink & Son is nestled in an old post office building in the heart of Bloomsbury. Chairman & CEO Olivier D Stocker says that ‘regardless of what happens in the wider world…… Read More

ROMA NUMISMATICS

ROMA NUMISMATICS

One of Britain’s top auction houses for rare and high-quality ancient coins, Roma Numismatics holds at least two public auctions per year at the historic Cavendish Hotel, in addition to ten annual electronic auctions. It runs modern coinage auctions too:… Read More

STANLEY GIBBONS

STANLEY GIBBONS

Established in 1856, Stanley Gibbons is the world’s longest established rare stamp merchant, with world class experts travelling the world to find stamps of extremely high quality, which are ‘often of extreme rarity and value’. Stanley Gibbons pride themselves on… Read More

WARWICK & WARWICK

WARWICK & WARWICK

Collectibles auctioneer Warwick & Warwick holds 24 auctions a year for stamps, coins, banknotes, postcards, cigarette cards, medals and militaria, die-cast toys and model railways. It offers free valuations and stages ‘valuation days’, which take place across the whole UK,… Read More

ANTIQUE WATCH CO UK

ANTIQUE WATCH CO UK

From its distinctive bright red, two centuries old listed premises on the Clerkenwell Road, Antique Watch Co is a family-run business that has been going successfully for over 35 years, thanks to a love of traditional horology and a belief… Read More

DAVID DUGGAN WATCHES

DAVID DUGGAN WATCHES

David Duggan developed his passion for wristwatches while working for his brother John dealing in rare coins and pocket watches. In 1983, he set up by himself and now leads a team of experts with more than 150 years’ combined… Read More

AUSTIN KAYE

AUSTIN KAYE

Family jewellers Austin Kaye appreciate, like their customers, that watches are more than just timekeeping devices; they are a link to the past with a story of their own. The firm has been selling, repairing and valuing watches from its… Read More

THE VINTAGE WATCH COMPANY

THE VINTAGE WATCH COMPANY

Father-son duo John and David Silverman established the Vintage Watch Company in 1995 to showcase Vintage Rolex wristwatches from 1910 to 1970. ‘Rolex outsold everything else we had on offer, and I mean to a huge degree,’ says John Silverman,… Read More

WATCH GURU

WATCH GURU

Watch Guru Tom Bolt’s company is split up into three different sections. First, there’s the Bargain Basement where ‘tight arses’ will find watches with 75 per cent or more off their retail price. The second section is the Watch Fiend,… Read More

WATCHES AND JEWELLERY OF BOND STREET LTD

WATCHES AND JEWELLERY OF BOND STREET LTD

Founder Raj Jain opened his shop in Mayfair in 1990 after establishing a reputation as the trusted buyer for Asian royalty, thereafter becoming one of the best known vintage and rare watch dealers in Bombay and London. Today his clients… Read More

ALI AND HITCHAM ABOUTAAM

PHOENIX ANCIENT ART

Founded by the late S.Aboutaam in the mid 1960’s, Phoenix Ancient Art is now run by his sons Ali and Hitcham. Specialising in rare and ancient antiquities – the brothers have been surrounded by those for as long as they… Read More

ABIGAIL ASHER AND BARBARA GUGGENHEIM

GUGGENHEIM ASHER

With over 40 years in business, Guggenheim Asher is an industry titan, with clients including Tom Cruise, Coca-Cola, Steven Spielberg and Sony. Based in New York and LA, with a strong London presence (Asher is from the UK), the firm… Read More

ARIANE BELISLE

AIB ART ADVISORY

Private collectors, galleries and foundations make up the clients of Ariane Belisle, who’s enjoyed a remarkable ascent since founding AIB Art Advisory to specialise in post-war and contemporary art with a focus on emerging artists. She set up AIB in… Read More

Matthew Caddick,

MATTHEW CADDICK

CHISWICK AUCTIONS

It has been a busy year for Chiswick Auctions, having jumped into a new showroom in South Kensington. Director Matthew Caddick tells Spear’s, ‘Five years ago, the auction house had 22 staff – we now have 80 with 20 specialist… Read More

Beatrice Campi, Chiswick Auctions

BEATRICE CAMPI

CHISWICK AUCTIONS

‘Our clients range from private collectors to well-established dealers, from passionate first-time buyers to esteemed cultural and museum institutions,’ says Chiswick Auctions’ new Islamic and Indian Art specialist Beatrice Campi. ‘The common thread among our buyers is the hunt for… Read More

AMY CAPPELLAZZO

ART AGENCY PARTNERS

One of the art world’s titans, Amy Capellazzo launched Art Agency Partners in 2013 with Allan Schwartzman. Both sit as chairs of Global Fine Arts at Sotheby’s, which purchased the firm in 2016 for $85 million as a part of… Read More

MARTIN CLIST

CHARLES EDE

Opened by the late Charles Ede in 1971, the London gallery has produced more than 300 catalogues, selling to many of the world’s leading collectors and museums. Managing Director Martin Clist has worked in the art world for over three… Read More

DANIEL CROUCH

DANIEL CROUCH RARE BOOKS

The story behind a work of art is in many respects as important as the work of art itself,’ says the seasoned dealer Daniel Crouch. A specialist in rare maps and atlases, voyages, globes and scientific instruments, he highlights a… Read More

ISABELLE DE LA BRUYERE

CHRISTIE’S

London-based Isabelle de La Bruyere heads the client advisory wing of Christie’s, where she works to form and sell collections, many of which include works that fetch world-record prices at auction. She joined the world’s oldest auction house in 1999,… Read More

LAETITIA DELALOYE

CHRISTIE’S

Laetitia Delaloye’s love for the ancient world can be traced back to a childhood spent visiting her grandparents in Egypt. The Swiss born Egyptology graduate joined Christie’s in 2007 as an intern rising to become its Head of Antiquities in… Read More

MANFREDI DELLA GHERARDESCA

MDG FINE ARTS

Manfredi della Gherardesca cut his teeth with old master paintings and European decorative arts as director of the L’Antiquaire and the Connoisseur Gallery in New York, followed by stints at Citibank’s private art advisory wing and, notably, chairman of Sotheby’s… Read More

GREGORY AND JAMES DEMIRJIAN

ARIADNE GALLERIES

The sons of gallery founder and veteran antiquarian Torkom, co-presidents Gregory and James Demirjian are well-positioned to helm the New York- and Londonbased dealership. Sourcing the best in Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Byzantine antiquities, the brothers are steeped in the… Read More

RACHEL DOERR

DOERR VALUATIONS

Having begun her career at Phillips Auctioneers in 1989, Rachel Doerr has almost three decades in the art, antiques and jewellery world. She joined Lyon & Turnbull as general manager, setting up its valuation department in 2006. In 2016, she… Read More

LUKE DUGDALE

CADELL + CO

Luke Dugdale co-founded Cadell + Co in 2015 after over 25 years in finance. The first advisory subject to FCA standards, the London-based firm applies ‘the highest level of professional standards to the unregulated and difficult art sector in order… Read More

NICKY DUNNE

HEYWOOD HILL

‘The last 12 months have been the busiest in our history,’ says Nicky Dunne. Heywood Hill’s Year in Books subscription service is now delighting readers in over 50 countries worldwide. It has a large number of library commissions this year,… Read More

PAUL FOSTER

PAUL FOSTER BOOKS

A good reference library, expertise and access are paramount for any rare book dealer, says Paul Foster, who has been in the business for 28 years. ‘Knowledge is what I am selling, aside from the book,’ he says. He doesn’t… Read More

ANNABELLE GAUBERTI

CREFOVI

After 14 years at some of the world’s top law firms, Annabelle Gauberti founded Crefovi, the one- stop shop law firm for those working in the creative industries. The firm specialises in everything from fashion and luxury to entertainment and,… Read More

ANNE-FRANçOISE GAVANON

FREDERICK MULDER

Anne-Françoise Gavanon is the director of Frederick Mulder Ltd, one of London’s most prominent print dealers and the world’s top Picasso print specialists. It provides an entry point into the most blue-chip of modern masters. ‘The print medium is a… Read More

DAVID GOLDTHORPE

SOTHEBY’S

Head of Sotheby’s rare books and manuscripts department, where he has been since 1996, Dr Goldthorpe is a stalwart of the auction world and a true academic to boot. A specialist in natural history and travel books, maps and atlases,… Read More

JONATHAN GREEN

RICHARD GREEN

An international and family-run gallery and advisory service dating back to 1936, the Richard Green team operates out of two galleries on Bond Street. Jonathan Green is now at the helm of this Mayfair institution, which specialises in high-quality painting… Read More

DR JöRN GüNTHER

DR JöRN GüNTHER RARE BOOKS

‘If you buy the right quality, you will never lose’, says Dr Jörn Günther. A specialist in the earliest complete manuscripts from the 8th to the 16th century, Günther has 45 years in the profession: 28 spent running his own… Read More

SUZANNE GYORGY

CITIBANK

Suzanne Gyorgy leads the art finance and advisory team of Citi Private Bank, one of the first private banks to explore the concept of art as collateral in 1979. A fine art graduate, Gyorgy joined the bank in 1999 after… Read More

POM HARRINGTON

PETER HARRINGTON RARE BOOKS

Even after half a century of experience in the rare books trade – Pom Harrington is a second generation owner of the Peter Harrington Mayfair bookshop – a dealer learns new things every day. This can be the most difficult… Read More

DR FLORENT HEINTZ

SOTHEBY’S

London-based Dr Heintz joined Sotheby’s antiquities department in 2001, giving him intimate knowledge of a wide selection of Egyptian, classical and Near Eastern pieces including fine sculptures and reliefs, bronzes, terracottas, textiles and jewellery. A former keeper of ancient coins… Read More

FRANCESCA HICKIN

BONHAMS

Cutting her teeth at the antiquities department at Christie’s, Hickin moved to Bonhams in 2017 to head up its antiquities department. Geographically, the range of artefacts on offer spans Egypt, the Near East and Europe and includes objects in a… Read More

HENRY HIGHLEY

PHILLIPS

‘It’s an exciting time for us,’ says Henry Highley, who joined Phillips in 2009 and has since become head of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale. He also takes up auctioneer duties, bringing down the hammer in London,… Read More

PHILIP HOFFMAN

THE FINE ART GROUP

After 12 years as finance director at Christie’s, Philip Hoffman launched the Fine Art Group in 2001. Noting the need for investment-focused approaches to the art market, the firm was the first to establish a $25 million ‘art hedge fund’… Read More

SARAH HORNSBY AND JUDITH NUGéE

HORNSBY NUGéE

With over 60 years’ experience between them, Hornsby and Nugée work as independent consultants today after careers at Christie’s as director and head of antiquities respectively. Based in London, Hornsby and Nugée specialise in ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern… Read More

DANIEL KATZ

DANIEL KATZ LTD

With 50 years of dealing old master sculptures under his belt, Daniel Katz runs his eponymous 6,000 square foot gallery in Mayfair, where he displays works spanning from antiquity right the way through to the 20th century. A passionate collector… Read More

OLYVIA KWOK

WILLSTONE MANAGEMENT

Having opened her first gallery at the age of 22, Olyvia Kwok started her career working with emerging Asian markets and building art funds. She weathered the financial crisis by anticipating the increasing demand for old impressionists. Since setting up… Read More

ASHLEY LOCKWOOD

BORRO PRIVATE FINANCE

‘Technology will continue to disrupt the art lending space,’ says Ashley Lockwood, head of client relations at Borro Private Finance. ‘With the emergence of blockchain, there is considerable potential for advances in provenance valuation and logistics.’ Borro Private Finance is… Read More

HELEN MACINTYRE

MACINTYRE ART ADVISORY

Helen Macintyre set up her advisory in 2007 after stints at Christie’s under dealer Richard Knight and now has over 20 years of industry experience. With an emphasis on discretion and close client relationships, Macintyre’s advisory works with private, museum… Read More

ED MAGGS

MAGGS BROS LTD

Ed Maggs is the managing director of one of the largest and oldest antiquarian bookshops in the world – Maggs Bros Ltd was established in 1853 by Uriah Maggs, his ancestor. He is also head of its modern department, specialising… Read More

TIM MAXWELL

BOODLE HATFIELD LLP

Tim Maxwell focuses on art litigation as part of Boodle Hatfield’s impressive team of specialist art lawyers. Art law and litigation is now in such high demand it warrants its own sector. Maxwell has worked on some of the most… Read More

JOHNNY MESSUM

MESSUMS WILTSHIRE

Johnny Messum is director of Messum’s Wiltshire, an experimental space housed in a 13th-century barn that hosts festivals four times a year, with topics ranging from ceramics to spoken word. He also assists with the running of the prestigious Messums… Read More

DANIEL MORRIS

CORFIELD MORRIS

Daniel Morris and Tim Corfield set up their eponymous firm in 2003 after stints at Christie’s and Sotheby’s respectively. Today, its dedicated advisory team covers everything from Old Masters to emerging contemporary, as well as jewellery, classic cars and watches…. Read More

PHILIP MOULD OBE

PHILIP MOULD AND COMPANY

Art sleuth Philip Mould recently celebrated 30 years in the industry, during which time he has made a name for himself uncovering seminal pieces of lost art work, including some of Gainsborough’s earliest known works and a number of lost… Read More

ADRIAN PARKHOUSE

FARRER & CO

Adrian Parkhouse has been at Farrer for over 35 years, with 25 as a partner. Now heading commercial litigation, he advises established art owners and national institutions (as well as new HNW collectors, many based abroad) on buying and selling,… Read More

MADELEINE PERRIDGE

KALLOS GALLERY

‘One of the nicest things about the antiquities world is that most people who collect are passionate… and very committed to furthering the study of the ancient world and its artefacts,’ says Madeleine Perridge, who joined Kallos as gallery director… Read More

VIOLA RAIKHEL-BOLOT

1858 LTD

Viola Raikhel-Bolot founded 1858 Art Advisory in 2004 with Harvey Mendelson, after noticing a demand for impartial advice around art market transactions. The firm has expanded to encompass bespoke services for every stage of the collection life cycle, advising on… Read More

KAREN SANIG

MISHCON DE REYA

‘The art market is like no other. It is a law unto itself,’ says Mishcon de Reya’s head of Art Law, Karen Sanig. ‘Those collecting art at the upper echelons very often throw caution to the wind when pursuing this… Read More

CHRIS SAUNDERS

SOTHERAN’S

With a history stretching back to 1761, Sotheran’s is no stranger to market fluctuation. Chris Saunders, who manages the natural history and science departments, says that the Brexit referendum has brought uncertainty to the market, but has also produced an… Read More

BEN SCOTT

BB SCOTT

‘Building your own private library brings the most wonderful sense of reward,’ says Ben Scott, an experienced book dealer based in central London who worked at two established firms in Mayfair before starting his own business in 2016. Over the… Read More

BERNARD SHAPERO

SHAPERO BOOKS

Mayfair-based Shapero Rare Books is an internationally renowned dealer in antiquarian books and works on paper. Led by Bernard Shapero – who started dealing in rare books in 1979 as a schoolboy hobby aged only 16 – the company’s experts… Read More

YACOB SHAVELYAN

YACOB’S GALLERY

Yacob Shavelyan, one of the finest dealers out there, comes from a family of antiques dealers and specialises in a range of Islamic art, including paintings and sculpture, as well as manuscripts, miniatures, ancient coins and calligraphy. He came to… Read More

HARRY SMITH

GURR JOHNS

Harry Smith grabbed headlines in March 2018, when he bought 13 Picassos on behalf of clients in a single week of auctions for £113 million. ‘I’ve been in this game for over 40 years and this was very different to… Read More

MARK STEPHENS

HOWARD KENNEDY

Art and media law statesman Mark Stephens says he was ‘tricked into being a lawyer’ by the manager of Pink Floyd, who was lodging in his family home when he was growing up. ‘He’s now a multi-billionaire and I’m a… Read More

RALPH TAYLOR

BONHAMS

It’s been a stellar year for Bonhams and for Ralph Taylor, who was appointed global head of Post-War and Contemporary Art last September. Since joining Bonhams in 2014, Taylor has overseen four consecutive years of growth. With the highest sell-through… Read More

GUY VAISSIèRE

FALCON FINE ART

Falcon Fine Art commercial director Guy Vaissière brought with him two decades of industry experience – including senior roles at Phillips and Sotheby’s – when he joined in 2016. FFA, a subsidiary of financier Falcon Group, works closely with private… Read More

RUPERT WACE

RUPERT WACE GALLERY

As Vice Chairman of the Antiquities Dealers Association in the UK and board member of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art, few dealers come more qualified than Rupert Wace. Last year, Wace celebrated 30th anniversary of his eponymous… Read More

VINCENT ZURZOLO

METROPOLIS

‘It’s an amazing collectible on so many different levels,’ says Vincent Zurzolo, the CEO of Metropolis comics and ComicConnect.com. ‘It taps into escapism, entertainment, great storytelling, folklore – it’s an incredible art form.’ Zurzolo himself owns over 150,000 comic books,… Read More