As a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Alastair is qualified to offer a professional valuation service, focusing on all aspects of European & Asian ceramics and works of art with complete impartiality, something that international auction houses cannot offer.
A sound breadth of experience has been built following a long career in the Valuations, European and Oriental Ceramics departments at Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London from 1998 to 2007.
Gibson Antiques has prepared post-theft and damage valuation reports for various insurance companies, law firms and museums around the world including the theft of Chinese hard stone carvings from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 2012 and the theft of Chinese ceramics and works of art from the Munthe collection in the West Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen, Norway in 2013.
Gibson Antiques offers discreet independent consultancy advice for fine art valuation companies and auction houses. In 2012, 2016 and 2018 Gibson Antiques consulted on the successful sales of large family collections of Chinese porcelain and works of art with The Canterbury Auction Galleries, including the sale of a rare Chinese porcelain ‘chicken cup’ for £155,000 in 2012.
In 2018 Alastair advised on a unique ‘Tiger Ying’ archaic bronze, dating from the Western Zhou Dynasty, with a provenance going back 158 years to the Opium Wars. Acquired by a British Naval officer, Captain Harry L. Evans, R.M., it sold at auction for £508,400.
Gibson Antiques is also happy to offer advice on the acquisition and disposal of private collections of Chinese ceramics and works of art, which has previously included mediation within acrimonious divorce proceedings, complicated by international respondents and the cultural and legal differences that this entailed.
Gibson Antiques is happy to offer these services on a worldwide basis, please contact us directly for a consultation and scale of fees.