Alexander Clement is Halls Asian art specialist, valuing and auctioneering Chinese and Japanese ceramics and works of art. He graduated in the History of Art and Design at Staffordshire University in 1993, after which he was recruited by Royal Doulton to run their museum in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Here Alexander developed a solid foundation in ceramic history, working with some of the finest industry brands such as Minton, Royal Crown Derby, Ridgway and Royal Doulton. The role took him all over the UK and overseas, meeting collectors and answering thousands of historical enquiries a year.
In 1998, Alexander made the transition from the museum world to the auction business, taking over the European ceramics and glass department at Phillips Chester saleroom. Broadening his knowledge and commercial experience, Alexander’s role was enlarged to include Asian art in 2000, a year before Phillips merged with Bonhams. As a Bonhams valuer, Alexander built the Asian department at Chester, anticipating the huge market growth that was just around the corner. In 2007 he was promoted to Saleroom Director at Chester, running the operation for a further six years while maintaining and broadening his specialist knowledge. He left Bonhams in 2014 to pursue a freelance career and worked with a number of UK regional auctioneers and fine art valuation companies, further developing his knowledge and general appraisal skills.
In 2015 Alexander joined the team at Halls in Shrewsbury to run the Asian art department, building on the progress already made by the firm in this field. Running two stand-alone auctions per year, Alexander has gained a wider audience of buyers and sellers, grabbing headlines with successful sales of fine Chinese ceramics and works of art as well as breaking and re-breaking the Battlefield saleroom house record. Alexander writes regularly on the subject of Asian art as well as wider industry issues in his blog, and maintains his interest in design history gained at University, leading to the publication of a book on British post-war architecture.
Phone: 01743 450700