Expertise

Directors and Consultants within the Art Management Group include the following:

Conservation and Management

Valentine Walsh

Valentine Walsh is an accredited fine art conservator in private practice with over 30 years experience. Her clients include the Imperial War Museum, the Museum of London and the Royal Naval Museum as well as leading London dealers and major collections in the UK and abroad. She sits on a number of committees and leading professional bodies within the UK and EU organisations. She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and a director of Art Concern.

She has a keen interest in the application of scientific, investigative and analytical methods to conservation. This includes an interest in the provision of technologically advanced, conservation acceptable means of marking objects. She has recently researched and co-authored a major reference work for the identification of pigments in works of art and is co-founder of The Pigmentum Project.

Robert Child

Robert Child is an independent consultant and former Head of Conservation at the National Museums and Galleries of Wales. He is an advisor to The National Trust and the National Museum Cairo, Egypt. He has a BSc in Chemistry and is a trained conservator specialising in all aspects of collection care, including environmental and biological control and is a consultant on such matters to heritage institutions worldwide. He has worked on the development of sophisticated security marking systems for some years that are conservation tested. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Conservation and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Research

Dr. Nicholas Eastaugh

Dr. Nicholas Eastaugh specialises in the analysis of fine art and other historical objects with an international client base incorporating private collectors, national museums, auction houses and dealers. He holds a BSc. in physics and is also a graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is an honorary fellow of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford University and has held posts at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and the Textile Conservation Centre, Hampton Court Palace.

He is a director of Valid Art and a co-founder of The Pigmentum Project, an inter-disciplinary programme aimed at developing comprehensive high-quality analytical data on historic pigments. In 2009 he established Art Access and Research Ltd, a consultancy specialising in the technical authenticity of works of art. He is also co-author of a major reference work for the identification of pigments in works of art and a lecturer in microscopy, conservation science, technical art history and forensic science.

Security and Risk Management

Richard Ellis

‘Dick’ Ellis has been a specialist art crime investigator for over 20 years. A career detective with the Metropolitan Police, he served in Special Operations at New Scotland Yard where in 1989 he set up the Art & Antiques Squad, which he ran until his retirement from the police in 1999 becoming the general manager of Christie’s Fine Art Security Services Ltd. In 2000 he was made managing director of Trace recovery services running the stolen property database and Trace Magazine. In 2005 he joined with security and conservation specialists to form the Art Management Group. He is also a director of Art Retrieval International Ltd.

As a specialist art crime investigator both in the police and in the private sector he has been involved in many notable recoveries such as ‘The Scream’ stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in 1994, Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ stolen from the State Library in St. Petersburg, antiquities looted from China and Egypt as well as the recovery of numerous items of art and antiques stolen from private residences throughout the United Kingdom and abroad including in 2005 silver stolen from Stanton Harcourt and in 2011 recovered paintings by Picasso stolen in Switzerland from Serbia.

He has served as a member of UNESCO’s international panel of experts on the protection of cultural property and was instrumental in the creation of the Council for the Prevention of Art Theft’s Code of Due Diligence. He has lectured extensively on the protection of cultural property and in 2008 was appointed Expert Advisor to Government on International Loans to Museums in England and Wales.

Dispute Resolution and Legal Issues

Kevin Chamberlain

Kevin Chamberlain is a practising barrister, specialising in international law, human rights an public cultural property law. From 1965 to 1999 he was a legal adviser in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Deputy Legal Adviser from 1990 to 1999. He is a CEDR Accredited and CEDR Registered Mediator and regularly conducts commercial mediations at the Central London County Court. He is a member of the panel of mediators of Specialist Mediators LLP

He has been a lecturer in Cultural property Law at University College and Kings College, London and is a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies. He is a member of the editorial board of “Art Antiquity and the Law”, published by the Institute of Art and Law. He is a consultant to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and from 2000 to 2004 he was legal adviser to the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Illicit Trade. In 2004 he was appointed a member of the NATO Appeals Board. He is author of “War and Cultural Heritage” published by the Institute of Art and Law in 2004, as well as the author of several articles in “Art, Antiquity and Law”. In 2008 he was appointed Expert Adviser to the Department of Culture Media and Sport on International Loans to Museums in England and Wales.

Advisory and Valuation

Tim Corfield

Tim Corfield is an established antiques expert with specialist knowledge of fine furniture. With over 15 years experience as an independent consultant, he has developed an unerring eye for a genuine piece and is an expert in assessing restoration requirements, having managed a large restoration business. He has helped create and maintain a number of important private collections in Britain and the United States and is a founder member and director of Corfield Morris.

Daniel Morris

Daniel Morris is a former director of Sotheby’s and an expert in English furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries. During his tenure at Sotheby’s he oversaw high profile auctions and was involved in the cataloguing and researching of a number of England’s greatest country house collections. He lectures on a number of topics within his field, and has worked on a range of publications.

Martyn Downer

Having grown up surrounded by antiques at his father’s country saleroom, Martyn went on to become director and head of the jewellery department at Sotheby’s. Here he was closely involved in high-profile sales and exhibitions in London, New York and Geneva. Martyn is a fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. As a leading authority on antique and modern jewellery and silver Martyn can offer invaluable advice to clients on buying, selling or seeking to review their existing collections.

Martyn is author of Nelson’s Purse, which has been described as a “truly riveting story, a culminating triumph of assiduous detection and fine scholarship”, and is currently writing an account of life inside the court of Queen Victoria, which will be published in 2006.