Chairman, Masterpiece Fairs
Philip has been involved in Masterpiece London since the very first edition where he chaired the vetting committee. In 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the fair.
Philip is also an independent art adviser, who works on behalf of private collectors, museums and designers, to buy and sell a wide range of paintings, furniture and works of art. He was the co-curator of the exhibition, ‘William Beckford, An Eye for the Magnificent’ at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts in New York in October 2001 and at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2002. He also curated the exhibition ‘Thomas Hope: Regency Designer’ held at the Victoria and Albert Museum from March to June 2008 and at the Bard Graduate Center in New York from July to November 2008; co-editing the catalogue. Appointed as a Percentage for Art advisor in Jersey, he is now responsible for commissioning contemporary works of art for new buildings on the Island.
Philip started his career in Sotheby’s Belgravia in 1972 where he specialised in 19th century furniture and works of art. He subsequently concentrated on 18th century French and English furniture before developing the auction house’s client advisory services department. He opened his consultancy business in 1982 with the aim of providing totally independent advice to new collectors keen to acquire works of art. He has been collecting for many years, and holds works ranging from sculpture, hardstone vases and fragments from ancient Egypt, Rome and Byzantine, to neoclassical pieces and historic photography.