Gibson Antiques is run by Alastair Gibson MRICS, former Director and Head of Sotheby's Chinese & Japanese Ceramics and Works of Art department for London and Europe.
Alastair graduated in 1992 from Southampton Institute of Higher Education and was elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Fine Arts & Chattels Division in 1995. He subsequently worked at Sotheby’s 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.
With over thirty years’ experience within the auction and fine art world, his specialist knowledge includes British, European and Oriental ceramics and works of art.
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. Gibson Antiques regularly exhibits at antique fairs across the world, including Fine Art Asia and the International Antiques Fair in Hong Kong.
Gibson Antiques inaugural exhibition was at the June 2008 Olympia Fine Art & Antiques show, where they sold a rare `porcelain production' soldier vase for a six-figure sum which is now on permanent display at the Peabody Essex museum, Salem, Massachusetts.
In 2011 Gibson Antiques was selected to take part at the prestigious TEFAF Showcase, Maastricht, which allows new dealers the opportunity to exhibit at the internationally renowned art fair giving exposure to an international market.
In 2012 Gibson Antiques began exhibiting at two fairs in Hong Kong, the International Antiques Fair and the Fine Art Asia fair, giving a broader global reach and buying opportunities to our Asian clients. These two shows in May and October have now become an integral part of our business activities.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Gibson Antiques exhibited at Art Antiques London and from 2015 to present Gibson Antiques exhibits annually at the BADA Fair.
Gibson Antiques has prepared numerous valuations for private individuals and specialist valuation companies and also several post-theft valuations. For more information, please see our ‘Valuations’ page.
As a council member of the British Antiques Dealers Association, Alastair has consulted and advised on the governments proposed Ivory Bill legislation and in the Summer of 2018 set up a government online petition to widen the de minimis rule to 50%. Hopefully the government will see sense in limiting the draconian changes proposed by the Bill to the legitimate antiques trade.