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About Us

 

As a new and independent firm of auctioneers located in London, the world’s art market centre, we are committed to providing an unparalleled personal service to all our clients.  We are delighted to be in a position to hold specialised sales; targeted auctions which appeal to the general buyer, but also attract the specialist collectors and dealers in the field. 

 

Our sales are held in November and May, with all lots exhibited in our rooms in Blythe Road prior to auction.  As well as being able to view all lots on the website, we publish well illustrated catalogues, distributed internationally. 

 

Offering free and confidential expert advice on the antiques market, we also provide written valuations for possible auction sale, insurance, probate, family division and tax purposes. 

  

Meet the Team

 

Arthur Millner (Islamic, Indian, Himalayan & South East Asian)

Peter Arney (Ceramics)

Phillip Howell (Ceramics)

John Culme (Silver & Vertu)

Anabel Yorke FGA, DGA (Jewellery)

Anna Westin (Chinese Works of Art)

Alexis Newson-Smith (Japanese Works of Art)

Kate Goad (Manager)

Matthew Barton (Silver, Vertu and Works of Art)

 


 

 

 

 

Matthew Barton

Director & Silver, Objects of Vertu & European Works of Art Specialist.

Matthew Barton has over twenty-five year’s experience in the business, starting as a specialist at Sotheby’s Bond Street silver department.  Beginning with the cataloguing of a large collection of vinaigrettes, he went on to deal with some of the largest and best works by the Royal goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.  He left London to run the antique sales of a Nairobi based auction business and then spent two years as a freelance valuation specialist in silver and works of art on the West Coast of America.  Returning to Sotheby’s in 1996 to become a Deputy Director, heading their Olympia valuations department, and subsequently as a Director of Lyon & Turnbull South, he continued to focus especially on the fields of silver, vertu and works of art.  He is delighted to be using his wealth of experience and fascination for the field in this enterprise, Matthew Barton Ltd.

 
 

 

Kate Goad

Manager

Kate Goad has over fifteen year's experience in the arts & antiques industry, having worked for Bonhams in the Contemporary, Modern & Impressionist art department and an independent antique dealership and provincial saleroom.  She has particular experience in online sales and auction development.

 

  

 

Arthur Millner

A leading specialist in Indian and Islamic Works of Art, started his career in the art world at Sotheby's in 1985, eventually taking charge of their Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian auctions in London.  He lectures and writes widely on Indian and Islamic Art across the country, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and SOAS, and is chairman of the Indian and Islamic Vetting Committee at the Olympia Antiques Fairs, as well as being a member of the committee at the Masterpiece Fair in London.  In September 2015, his book 'Damascus Tiles - Mamluk and Ottoman Architectural Ceramics from Syria', was published by Prestel receiving very good reviews.  Architectural ceramic decoration is one of the most celebrated manifestations of the arts of Islam.  Spanning a period from the 13th to 20th century, the tiles featured in Arthur Millner's book exhibit a rich range of influences from Persia, Turkey, China and Europe.

 

Peter Arney

Peter has over twenty-five year's experience as an auction house expert and professional valuer in several fields.  He joined Sotheby's London in 1971, training first as an expert in modern and illustrated books.  In 1976 he went to Bonham's, becoming head of the Works of Art department in 1978, before leaving to re-join Sotheby's in 1982.  He became Head of the European Ceramics department and a Director of Sotheby's in 1986.  His first responsibility was the Rous Lench Collection, the largest collection of English Pottery and Porcelain ever to be sold at auction.  His catalogue of that sale is a recognized reference work.  Over the following years Peter became one of the most respected experts in the London salesrooms in the field of European Ceramics. 

Leaving Sotheby's in 2002 Peter founded his own company and is an independent consultant in both Works of Art and Motor Cars.

 

  

Anabel Yorke (FGA, DGA)

An early interest in archaeology and finding a long lost piece of family jewellery were some of the factors that inspired jewellery specialist Anabel Yorke to discover treasures!  Anabel became a jewellery specialist after working at a prop hire company in London where she helped select jewellery for films such as Titanic, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth.  Followed by a course at Sotheby's on the history of jewellery, she then trained as a gemmologist and diamond grader and worked in the trade for 8 years.  Anabel has worked at Phillips, Bonhams and Sotheby's in London before joining Matthew Barton at 25 Blythe Road.

 

Phil Howell

Phil has been a specialist ceramics valuer for most of his career.  He worked for Sotheby's from 1981 until 2011.  Prior to the opening of Sotheby's Olympia in 2001, he was a Director and Head of the Ceramics department at Sotheby's South in West Sussex.  In 2007 he was made Head of the European Ceramics & Glass department, Sotheby's London.  During his time at Sotheby's Phil was responsible for or heavily involved in many flagship sales, including The Chatsworth House attic sale, The Sir Gawaine & Lady Baillie sale of 18th century Meissen porcelain, The Grant-Dixon collection of 18th century Worcester porcelain, The Lambray collection of English delftware and The Colin Hanley collection of 18th century teapots.  Phil is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has served on the Vetting Committee at the London Olympia Antiques Fair.