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About us

As a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Alastair Gibson is qualified to offer a professional valuation service, focusing on all aspects of European and Asian ceramics and works of art with complete impartiality. A sound breadth of experience has been built following a long career from 1992 to 2008 in the Valuations, European and Oriental Ceramics departments at Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London.

Alastair offers discreet independent valuations and consultancy advice for private individuals, fine art valuers, auction houses, museums, insurance companies and law firms on a global basis. Alastair has previously advised on the acquisition and disposal of private collections of Chinese ceramics and works of art involving mediation within divorce proceedings complicated by international respondents and the cultural and legal differences that this entailed.

Alastair has also prepared numerous post-theft and damage valuation reports for museums around the world including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the West Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen, Norway.

Alastair has consulted on the successful sales of numerous collections of 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 worked alongside The Canterbury Auction Galleries on the sale of a unique ‘Tiger Ying’ archaic bronze. The bronze dated from the Western Zhou Dynasty with a provenance going back 158 years to the Opium Wars and was acquired by a British Naval officer, Captain Harry L. Evans, R.M. It went on to sell at auction for over £500,000.

In 2020 Alastair developed Alastair Gibson Auctions, holding his first live auction in London in November 2021. The auction totalled over £880,000 and featured objects from the private collections of H. G. Beasley (1881 – 1939), Diana M. Stainow (1926 – 2019), Gerard Dissevelt (1912 – 1992) and Geoffrey Charles Martineau Lupton (1930 – 2019), amongst many other items of fine Asian art.

Since then, Alastair has continued to hold auctions which have featured private collections from Lt. Col. George Douglas Gray, CMG, CBE, MD RAMC (1872 – 1946), Augustus Thorne (1825 – 1901), The Mujintang Collection, Taipei and in December 2022 sold ‘The Lord Cunliffe Cong’, a rare Chinese neolithic jade four-tiered cong, circa 3300 – 2300 BC which sold for £143,000 (including premium)


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