Oriental Ceramics, Works of Art
Alastair graduated in 1992 from Southampton Institute of Higher Education and became a member of the RICS in 1995. He subsequently worked at Sotheby's in Billingshurst and then promoted to Director and Head of Sotheby's Chinese & Japanese Ceramics and Works of Art department for London and Europe until 2008 when he left and set up his own specialist business, dealing predominantly in buying, selling and advising on Oriental ceramics and works of art. Alastair is currently a council member of the BADA and a former director of Asian Art in London. Alastair acts as a consultant to numerous UK auction houses and is regularly engaged to vet antique shows including Olympia, BADA and LAPADA antique fairs. Alastair regularly exhibits at antique fairs across the world, including Fine Art Asia and the International Antiques Fair in Hong Kong.
Alastair's input was sought when Drummond Read were required to provide a legal report and a capital gains tax report based upon 31st March 1982 for executors where two Chinese vases had been sold for several hundred thousand pounds over their auction estimate.
In June 2019 Insurers instructed Drummond Read to provide a report and valuation of a valuable Chinese scroll which belonged to a private individual in central London and was lost when in possession of a third party.Email Alastair
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