Does the message in a bottle on your mantelpiece have auction value? Could your model lead to a perfect storm at auction? Maritime art and antiques are commonly found in countries which border the ocean.
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Ephemera include ship models, figureheads, mastheads, flags, nautical instruments such as compasses, rowing and yachting trophies, classic pictures of ships and boats, amongst mariner's craft work items. Maritime auctions are mostly held in the United Kingdom, but can also be found in the Americas as well as Nordic countries. If you'd like to get an Maritime valuation from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item.
Having studied the History of Visual Arts and Design at University, he spent nine years working for Sotheby's as a ceramics and glass cataloguer and specialist in 20th century decorative arts & design. Later he went on to become Manager of the Ceramics and glass department and Head of Decorative Arts at Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London.
He then went on to study an MA in the History of Ceramics after which he became a lecturer in Ceramics and Design History at Loughborough University School of Art & Design. At the same time he wrote the first of seven published books on British and French Decorative Arts and Design, as well as publishing many articles on the same subjects. He has also been a vettor at various international antique fairs in throughout the UK and New York.
For the previous twelve years he has been in business in New York specializing in the field of 20th Century Design and Furniture. After over thirty years of experience, he is now a consultant, author, lecturer and researcher in the field of ceramics and design history.