The Administration Team provides a fast and efficient service. We ensure that from the point of initial contact to delivery of the valuation, the client’s expectations are met for the agreed fee.
Our key responsibilities are to deliver the valuation within service standards; to ensure valuers provide the information to our team of administrators promptly; to communicate with clients and introducers about the expected delivery date, making clients aware of any pending delays; and to supply the completed valuation documents.
Rachel has worked in the Art & Antiques industry for the last 25 years and over the past ten years she has been responsible for looking after both clients and professional advisers with their valuation needs.
Rachel started her career at Phillips Auctioneers ending as Operations Manager in 2000 before joining another auction house at General Manager. In 2006 Rachel set up the Valuation Department of Lyon & Turnbull where she was responsible for forging major relationships with Insurance Companies, Brokers, Private Banks, Family Offices, Lawyers and Wealth Managers. Many of these relationships continue to this day as Service and Communication is what singles Rachel out.
In 2012 Rachel played a major part in a round of investment as part of growing Pall Mall Art Advisors in the UK & European markets working alongside her colleagues in the US under a US Chairman. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond Rachel’s control the offices closed in 2016. Rachel with her team and their love for both the industry and their client relationships wanted to continue, so set up Doerr Valuations where we are today. An exciting opportunity with great support from our friends and associated businesses.
The business has now expanded and become Doerr Dallas Valuations Ltd.
David Dallas – Chief Executive and Old Master Specialist
David Dallas joined Christie’s in 1969, where he was the youngest person in a Technical Department (Old Masters). He subsequently became deputy head of the Picture Department at Phillips Son and Neale and ended his auctioneering career as International Director (Global Head) of Old Masters at Bonham’s in January 2015.
In between he worked for more than twenty years with Johnny Van Haeften, specialising in Dutch and Flemish paintings of the 17th Century. He is a specialist in British Landscape Paintings 1750-1850.
He was for many years on the Vetting Committee of the Summer and Winter Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia and Chairman of the Picture Vetting Committee at Grosvenor House Fair and has also been on the vetting committee of Masterpiece. He is a trustee of the Reading Foundation for Art, a former Chairman of The Friends of Reading Museum and Gallery and an external adviser to the Collections Committee of Eton College.
Jane Lightfoot – Valuations & Private Client Services Administrator
Jane works as part of the administrative team working closely with the valuers, specialists and clients, reporting to Rachel. All valuations go under the watchful eye of Jane who has been working with Rachel since 2006 on providing excellent service and delivering a beautiful report.
Jane’s experience and diligence ensures our reports go out in a timely manner and you the client are aware of what is going on.
Allison Horan – Office Administrator
Allison joined us in 2018, bringing a varied and cross-functioning administrative and customer service background to the team; her last role being that of PA to a Regional Director at Bonhams, meaning she also had experience in the antique and valuing industry.
Based in our Surrey office, she oversees our marketing activity including all our social media platforms, supports administrative functions and provides secretarial support to Rachel and the team.
James Lowe – Silver, Jewellery and Watch Specialist
James has over 35 years’ experience in the industry and has worked for the Queen’s jewellers, The House of Garrard, London and enjoyed three years with Garrard in South Africa, buying and selling jewellery on behalf of their clients.
James is a qualified Fellow (FGA) and Diamond (DGA) member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain.
James has also worked for both Bonhams and Sotheby’s in the Jewellery Departments but enjoys nothing more than working alongside Rachel which he has done since 2009!
Ben Hanly, Modern and Contemporary Art Specialist
Ben is an established contemporary art specialist. He began his career working in the Old Master and 20th Century markets before moving into the contemporary market. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the UK and international art markets.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Courtauld Institute of Art London, Ben has developed specialist level knowledge in Old Masters, Impressionist, Modern and Post War & Contemporary art. In addition to this Ben has extensive project management experience having curated and produced over 100 art projects spanning highly complex multi-venue festivals to smaller bespoke events. He has worked with governmental, institutional and commercial partners including the National Gallery, V&A, the Serpentine Gallery, the Courtauld Institute, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and the Russian Ministry of Culture.
Alastair McPhie-Meiklejon – General Valuer
Alastair has been involved in the antiques industry for almost 20 years as an auctioneer and valuer. His specialities include militaria, horology, automobilia, and musical instruments. He is, as well, an experienced general Valuer.
Alastair is a qualified, professional member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in 2017.
Mary Waterfall – Jewellery Specialist
Mary Waterfall has over eighteen years’ experience in the jewellery trade, working in a variety of sectors. Having successfully completed her Gemmology Diploma, FGA, in 1999, Mary started her career in Hatton Garden working for the prestigious manufacturing company, Stephen Foster Jewellery and then for the diamond and gemstone dealer Bass Premier Company. She went on to obtain her Diamond Grading Diploma, DGA and gained valuable retail experience working for Tiffany & Co, Old Bond Street, London.
In 2003 Mary moved into the auction world, relocating to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and working as a specialist and cataloguer for Fellows, one of the leading auction houses in the West Midlands.
In 2014 Mary gained her qualification as a Registered Valuer and is proud to be a member of the NAJ’s Institute of Registered Valuers and The Gemmological Association of Great Britain.
Jonathan Horwich – Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist
Jonathan started his career in the art world at the legendary London picture dealer Thomas Agnew, following this he worked exclusively in the Auction world for well over 25 years. From Christie’s South Kensington, where Jonathan was involved in all key aspects of the business, from cataloguing regular and fine picture sales in all categories to traveling the UK for ‘Roadshow’ valuation days, to auctioneering and everything in between. Onto Christie’s in King Street as Director, Auctioneer and Head of Modern British pictures where in recognition of his wide knowledge base Jonathan was also appointed head of British and Irish Art, International Director of the 19th European picture department and Deputy Chairman.
After Christie’s, Jonathan joined Bonhams as Global Director of pictures, where, while continuing his interest and involvement in Modern British Art auctions he established new Impressionist and Contemporary departments in both London and New York.
In January 2016 Jonathan joined Phillips Contemporary Art department as Senior Specialist Director. While there he was involved in all aspect of Phillips Contemporary auctions at both their London and New York sale sites, alongside being part of their newly established Valuations team department in London, positions which he held until December 2018
Jonathan is recognised as an expert in 19th and 20th Century, Modern and Contemporary British and International Art and maintains close links with experts and galleries around the world and keeps abreast of current market developments and trends.
Jonathan is recognised for his expertise, particularly his knowledge of the work of L.S. Lowry, he has appeared on ITV’s ‘Looking at Lowry’ and as the key expert in a Lowry focussed episode of the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune’.
Jonathan is a Council member of the Artists’ charity, the Artists General Benevolent Institute and is also a member of the Chelsea Arts Club.
Rupert Neelands – Antiquarian Book and Manuscript Specialist
Rupert Neelands began working in books as a postgraduate student in English at Queen Mary University of London. Having spent two years living and working as an English teacher in Portugal, he joined the Book and Manuscript Department at Christie’s South Kensington in 1983, intending to stay no more than six months. However, the book field proved such a fascinating one that he continued working for Christie’s until 2016, becoming Head of Department at South Kensington, auctioneer and King Street Director, whilst still continuing as a consultant for the firm.
The valuation of large, long-untouched country house libraries has always been of strong appeal and he has first-hand knowledge of many of the country’s great collections
Cynthia Coleman Sparke – Russian Works of Art Specialist / General Valuer
Cynthia Coleman Sparke is an established Russian works of art specialist with a background in art risk.
Her upbringing periodically spent in Moscow fed her interest in Russian art at Smith College (BA) and later at the Bard Graduate Centre (MA). After running the Russian Department at Christie’s New York, she worked for the Hillwood Museum in Washington DC, The Alexander Palace in St. Petersburg and Chubb Insurance in London as a Senior Appraiser increasing her all round general knowledge of Art and Antiques. In this role, Cynthia advised HNW clients internationally on home insurance,co-launching the Fine Art Advisory Service for collectors of fine art and other valuables.
Cynthia’s book “Russian Decorative Arts” was published in 2014 by the Antiques Collectors’ Club and she recently joined The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.
Jonathan Meyer FRICS – Furniture Specialist and Senior Valuer
Jonathan Meyer has worked in the field of fine art and antiques for over 30 years and has wide ranging experience both as a general valuer working across a range of disciplines as well as a specialist in 19th century furniture.
After graduating from Oxford University, he worked for Bonhams, Sotheby’s and The Fine Art Auction Group. Over that period he has been responsible for general valuations and furniture and was head of the 19th Century Furniture Department for Sotheby’s in Europe. He has travelled extensively both in Europe and further afield, lectured in America, Singapore and Taiwan and written numerous articles. He contributed to British furniture 1600-2000, London, 2005 and more recently his seminal work on 19th furniture and decorations Great Exhibitions, London, New York, Paris and Philadelphia, 1851-1900 was published by the Antique Collector’s Club in 2006.
He is a fellow and past chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Fine Arts and Antiques Faculty and was formerly involved with the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers.
Jonathan started working alongside Rachel in 2015.
Laura Williams, Indian Art Specialist
Laura has been working as a specialist in the Indian Art World for over 20 years. She graduated with a degree in Art History from the School of World Art and Museology at the University of East Anglia. She followed this with an MA in World Art and spend a year in the same school as a Visiting Fellow.
In 2007 she opened the Art Gallery Art 18/21 which holds shows of contemporary art in India. For the past eight years she has attended the Indian Art Fair in Delhi.
Laura acts as the Art Adviser for The South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (The SADACC Trust) which is based in the UK.
Laura has an excellent working relationship with many contemporary artists in India. Her involvement with collection management gives her the advantage of working with the major auction houses, private dealers and public and private museums. A documentation and authentication service for Modern Indian artworks is available.
Her areas of expertise include modern and contemporary Indian Art, Indian Miniatures from antiquity to the present day, Company School paintings and European artists in India. She has curated many exhibitions and has worked with the British Council in Delhi.
Laura has worked with Rachel since early 2015.
Sue Davies-Lloyd – Jewellery and Silver Specialist
Sue Davies-Lloyd, who qualified as a Fellow (FGA) and Diamond (DGA) member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, was born into the antiques world in South Wales as both parents were keen antique dealers. She has been involved with silver and jewellery for over thirty years with some nine years in the retail jewellery trade and just over twenty-six years as a practicing auctioneer and valuer. She was appointed associate director (1994- 2000) and headed the silver and jewellery department of Phillips (now Bonhams) at Chester. More recently she has been working there as a senior silver and jewellery valuer.
Mark Longley MRICS General Valuer
Specialist in Asian, Ceramics and Glass
Mark began his career studying Fine Arts and Chattels valuation at Southampton Institute of Higher Education and following two years working for a textile dealer Mayorcas Ltd and in the wine industry, he joining Christie’s South Kensington Ltd as a saleroom operative.
He worked for Christie’s for 15 years in various capacities, including the position of manager of the valuation counter and general valuer, completing valuations for sale, probate and insurance.
During this period, he qualified as a fine art surveyor and he is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered surveyors. He also holds a level three qualification in the appreciation of wine and spirits from the Wine and Spirit education trust.
After Christie’s he consulted for various companies, including Christie’s, and worked as a fine art retailer in a family business.
Following periods with further experience in the wine industry he worked for Rosebery’s fine art auctioneers between September 2013 and July 2020 as an onsite valuer and specialist in European works of art and ceramics, as well as cataloguing collectors’ items, wine and other categories of art.
Mark has a broad knowledge of many disciplines within our business and has a fascination with Asian art and culture, having catalogued this discipline, but also studied Chinese painting in Beijing and mandarin in London.
Dr Sebastian Pryke – Furniture Specialist
Sebastian was Senior Risk and Valuation Adviser within the Art and Private Client division at Hiscox, the specialist High Net Worth insurer, for almost a decade. This included particular responsibility nationwide for building valuations and historic buildings, and geographically for Scotland and the north of England.
He started his career as an Historic Buildings inspector at Historic Scotland and was then a Fine Art auctioneer for ten years. During this time he was a Director of Phillips Scotland and Head of Furniture at Lyon & Turnbull, where he was instrumental in helping to re-establish the firm as one of the UK’s leading independent auctioneers.
Sebastian is exceptionally well informed on the history of Scotland and its buildings. He wrote his doctorate at St Andrews University on the Eighteenth Century Furniture Trade in Edinburgh and was for a long time Secretary and Committee member of the Historic Houses Association for Scotland. He has contributed to many academic Journals, as well as more popular magazines and has lectured widely, including for NADFAS and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Annabell Parry – Jewellery and Watches Specialist
Annabell has worked with international fine jewellery and watch brands for over 20 years. The daughter of an auctioneer and valuer, it was no surprise when she followed the family into the Jewellery industry after leaving University. Since 1995 she has worked with, amongst others, Boodles, Leo De Vroomen, Rolex, Patek Phillipe and Frank Muller where her work has revolved around certificated gemstones, high end watches, antique and handmade fine jewellery.
During those 25 years, she attained internationally recognised industry qualifications and affiliations and is a Registered Valuer with both valuing institutes of the United Kingdom. As an established specialist she enjoys finding forgotten gems and uncovering their family history.
MIRV – Member of the Institute of Registered Valuers / MJVA – Member of the Jewellery Valuers Association / Member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.
- GA Cert – Gemmology Foundation from Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GEM-A)
- PJ-Dip – Professional Jewellers’ Diploma from National Association of Jewellers (NAG)
- CAT – Certificate of Appraisal Theory from National Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV)
- CPAA – Certified Pearl Specialist with the Cultured Pearl Association of America (Pearls as One)
Jenny Knott – Silver & Jewellery specialist
Jenny has been working in the Silver and Jewellery industry for over 35 years, she is a graduate of Reading University where she gained a BA Hons in English literature. She joined Bonham’s auctioneers in Knightsbridge as a post-graduate in the silver, jewellery and clocks and watches departments, specialising in silver and jewellery, Jenny soon rose to the position of deputy head of department.
Her career has seen her run Bonham’s highly successful Gentlemen’s sales alongside her passion for everything silver or that sparkles. Jenny also worked with the John Lewis Partnership for 25 years supplying them with antique jewellery for their retail sales. She also enjoyed working with Bloomingdales in the United States for many years, supplying cufflinks and gentlemen’s accessories. Both these roles involved training their staff.
During this time, she has been employed by The Royal Collection, lectured extensively in the UK (including lectures to NAFAS and the National Association of Jewellers) and in the States on her specialist areas. Jenny has also co-curated a cufflink exhibition with The Goldsmiths Company. She is highly experienced in insurance and probate work and continues alongside doing valuations supplying antiques, particularly wine related items, to the Rothschild Waddesdon Trust and National Trust.