I am a lecturer, writer and adviser on silver- and goldsmiths’ work based in London. A graduate of Oxford University, I joined the silver department at Christie’s in 1976, initially working under the legendary Arthur Grimwade. In 1984 I moved to California as Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

In 1989 I came back to London and after dealing for some years in antique silver, returned to the museum sector, first as Curator of the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House and then as a Consultant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, I have a number of pro-bono roles in the art world: I have recently completed a term as chairman of the Silver Society and also as Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company; I am a trustee of the Wallace Collection, and a trustee of the Silver Trust, the body responsible for the collection of contemporary silver at 10 Downing Street.