"I love every object as much as my clients do."
Hi, I'm Alexander Clement, senior valuer and Asian art specialist. Since my teenage years, I have been fascinated by art and design. Even before that I spent hours as a young boy seeking out treasures among the antique shops of Surrey with my parents. I studied the History of Art and Design at Staffordshire University where I discovered a particular love of pottery and porcelain. After graduating I stayed in Stoke-on-Trent, winning the role of curator of the Royal Doulton Museum which I held for five years.
Attracted to the glamour of the fine art auction world, my next career move took me to Phillips Auctioneers in Chester where I ran the Ceramics, Glass and Asian Art Departments. In 2001 Phillips merged with Bonhams and in 2007 I became Director of the Chester saleroom, really honing my skills as a general valuer of all antiques, collectables and fine art. After running Chester for six years I left Bonhams to work independently as a valuer and auction consultant. In 2015 I took on the role of Asian art specialist at Halls Fine Art auctioneers in Shrewsbury where I built a fledgeling department up to achieve house record hammer prices for the Battlefield saleroom.
I'm delighted to be part of the Halls team, based in the beautiful town of Shrewsbury in the equally beautiful county of Shropshire. But I often strike out to other parts of the UK, visiting sellers wherever they are to look at their fantastic objects. Clients often say to me 'you must have such an interesting job' and I can only agree. It is endlessly fascinating and exciting. It is the best job in the world for me and I love every object I handle as much as my clients do.
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