Philip Howell FRICS

Philip Howell FRICS

English & European Ceramics, Glass, Asian Works of Art

Philip, like Colin, was in the first cohort of students at Southampton in 1980. He went on to work as a general valuer for Michael Baker in Romsey and also at Russell Baldwin & Bright, before joining Sotheby's in Sussex in 1987 where he specialised in English & European Ceramics and Asian Art ceramics and glassware. He progressed to Head of the European Ceramics Department at Sotheby's in New Bond Street in 2007. In 2011 he started his own consultancy practice and catalogues regularly for Bellmans Auctioneers in Sussex & Matthew Barton in London.

Philip, whilst at Sotheby's, referred clients to Drummond Read, who had either a claim involving ceramics and glass or involved in litigation or dispute.

Their working relationship has continued for over 25 years.

Philip recently assisted Drummond Read in January 2019 when a report & valuation was requested by insurers concerning a large fire and smoke damaged collection of European and Oriental Works of Art including Jade, Ivory, tortoiseshell and lacquer. The report involved considerations for total write off, specified details of restoration required on individual items and specialist restoration costs, diminution in value following restoration.

Drummond Read acted for Lloyds underwriters following the Great Hanshin earthquake in Kobe Japan in 1995 where 11 items, worth several million pounds from the famous Baur collection of Oriental ceramics, had been on loan and had suffered losses and damages. Drummond Read provided an expert report on valuation and advice on restoration and diminution.

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