Ladies and gentleman… The (former) president.
Introducing Joseph Trinder: auctioneer, general valuer and the newest addition to the increasingly youthful and dynamic valuation team at Halls in Shrewsbury, showing us that the next generation in the world of antiques and auctioneering is thriving in our county’s capitol and longest established practice.
Moving to the town following prominent positions in London, Berkshire and the Cotswolds, at 25 you may be forgiven for thinking that Joseph is at the beginning of his career. Yet with some 11 years’ experience in the field and notches in his belt to include being the former president of NAVA PropertyMark (the sector’s main regulating body) - he knows a thing or two about the world of the world of art, antiques and auctions.
“I’m delighted to join the team at Halls and to have moved to this gorgeous part of the country. I’ve long known of the company’s superb work and reputation and have visited in the past for committee meetings, during which time I was instantly taken by the charm and warmth of the town aswell, I felt at home here straight away. When the chance came to get on board and make the move, it was an easy choice to make”.
Starting his career with work experience in the Cotswolds at just 14, Joseph climbed the ladder from the ground up “I started as we all do, unpacking boxes and sweeping the auction room floor. It may sound a little unromantic, but it was fascinating as I spent all day just listening to the valuers at work, their mind-boggling subject knowledge and interpersonal skills in dealing with people and set out to soak up this knowledge like a sponge. Hopefully some of it sunk in!”. Spending school holidays and weekends at sales and reading around the subject he soon progressed, taking to the rostrum at 18 and becoming an active industry figure at committee level at age 20.
When asked about career highlights to date…a pause… “It’s hard to choose! I would have to say either passing through the gates to collect from a client in the grounds of Kensington Palace (making some Royal encounters) or discovering a £25,000 mother-of-pearl dish in a small village home to the delight of the unsuspecting owners.
“What I love most about this work is the fact that no two days are ever the same, you never know what you might find, who you might meet or where you might go. That and sale day itself. After over 7 years on the rostrum, still nothing beats the thrill of auctioneering and the drama of sale day”
“When not busy with paintings, vases and furniture I’m really looking forward to exploring Shropshire more. It’s been wonderful to receive such a warm welcome already and there’s clearly lots of history, dog walks and restaurants yet to discover!”
Joseph can be found at Halls Holdings house, Shrewsbury providing free valuations every Monday from 10 am – 1 pm.
You can reach him with any enquiries via telephone on 01743 450 700 or email via firstname.lastname@example.org.