"This silver beaker was made in Augsburg circa 1740, and was discovered full of sugar on my coffee tray at a clients' house. In 1988 it sold for £1600."
Most of the work we do for private clients is connected with insurance or tax, but can also involve family or matrimonial division, to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of assets and heirlooms. No matter how sensitive the situation that has led to the valuation, we have a reputation for treating our clients with sympathy and discretion.
The process starts with a discussion of what is to be valued, and for what reasons. This is followed by one or more visits to inspect and photograph the items in question, additional research or specialist advice, if required, and the completion of a report. Two copies are provided, one illustrated with photographs. Fees are charged on a time basis, plus research costs and expenses where appropriate.
We recommend that valuations be carried out every 7 to 10 years; more frequently where the market is particularly volatile, with current examples such as contemporary art and 20th century Scottish painting.