Since 1992 Drummond Read have been recognised internationally by the legal profession, government agencies, the insurance industry and private clients, where complex issues in relation to antiques, fine art, jewellery and chattels require, valuation expertise and resolution.
The specialist nature of their work has led to referrals from the world’s most prestigious auctioneers: Sotheby’s, Christies, Bonhams both in the UK and their overseas representatives.
For private clients this has included insurance and legal reports for Antiques and Fine Art lost in storage, banks, auction rooms, or damaged as a result of fire or flood.
Experience, confidentiality and a thorough understanding of the subject led to them receiving the prestigious instructions to prepare Valuations and settlement recommendations for the United Nations Compensation Committee following the invasion of Kuwait and the Gulf War.
A comprehensive valuation report and recommendations on restoration following the substantial damage of millions of pounds worth of highly important Chinese ceramics in the Kobe earthquake in Japan was prepared for Lloyds underwriters.
Their expertise is sought within private client’s departments of solicitor’s firms where there have been complex and contentious family matters arising and where valuations have been required for probate purposes and a sensitive and considered approach as to the method of distribution and an appropriate auction room has been required.
In 2000, as a result of both a network of both academic connections and a network of internationally recognised experts and consultants, Drummond Read established Drummond Read Recruitment, the first Fine Art business in the sector. Its success led to it being acquired and further developed by Draw Recruitment This unique position has allowed the company to have ongoing access to, and engage, the leading specialists in the country as and when required. This formidable network can provide expertise ranging from Contemporary areas such as Rock & Pop memorabilia and Vintage Motor cars through to traditional paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver, jewellery and other decorative arts.
Drummond Read can therefore offer their clients an all-inclusive service where specialist input can be tailored to provide a comprehensive report or valuation suitable for the specific purpose.
They have become particularly recognised where legal reports and valuations are required concerning items that have been stolen, lost, damaged and, more specifically where fraud or forensic investigative aspects are concerned.
We also work with a comprehensive network of specialists in niche areas.