'S.J. Phillips: A Bond Street Legacy' showcase with Sotheby's
Gain a unique insight into one of London’s oldest and most cherished antique galleries, S.J.Philips with Sotheby’s experts James Clare and Kristian Spofforth. Celebrating the rich and distinguished history of London’s oldest family-owned dealership, spanning 500 years, this remarkable collection features exceptional English and continental silver and antique jewels, many with a fascinating story to tell. During this one off evening Members are invited to view a selection of highlights from the sale in advance of both private and public viewings at Sotheby’s ahead of a 260 prized-lot sale of pieces from this much-loved treasure house.
To attend this one-off complimentary showcase and Q&A please contact the Annabel's Office T. +44 (0)20 7629 1096.
About the experts speaking on the evening:
Kristian Spofforth is Head of Sale at Sotheby’s London Jewellery department. He has been a jewellery specialist for over a decade and has a passion for jewellery dating back many years before that. After school and studying at the Sorbonne in Paris he travelled to Australia with his future wife, living there for nearly four years and getting a chance to see Australia’s natural beauty and its dazzling array of gemstones. On returning to the UK he qualified at Gem-A, the prestigious London school of Gemmology and took up a place as a jewellery specialist at a London auction house. He has had the fortune to handle some historic and important collections of jewellery and stones including the Chow Tai Fook pink diamond which recently sold at Sotheby’s in excess of $70 million.
Having started his education of the decorative arts at a young age under the guidance of his father, a second-generation art dealer and collector, James joined the silver department at Bonhams in 2010, shortly after the conclusion of his History degree at Newcastle University. After five years and over 50 auctions, James joined Sotheby's as a silver specialist in 2015 where he has since played important roles in notable sales including the Lord Ballyedmond Collection and the estate of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire in 2016. James has overseen valuations of the silver at some of the country's largest estates and institutions and continues to work on closely with these collections. He particularly enjoys the designs of 20th century silversmiths including Gerald Benney, whose family collection he arranged the sale of in 2013.