The team at David Tilleke & Associates is experienced and adept in a wide range of valuations. Please read on for further information on their varied backgrounds in antiques.
David Tilleke is an independent professional auctioneer and valuer with over 25 years' experience. Trained by Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers in the 1980s, he rose to be the group's General Manager, before leaving to set up his own independent auctioneering/valuations service and antiquarian shop in London.
Andrew O'Dell is a Citizen and Goldsmith of London and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths. He has been designing, making and repairing jewellery for the London trade for over 25 years. He numbers amongst his clients members of several royal families throughout the world. As well as repairs, Andy creates unique pieces of jewellery for the international market place on a commission basis. He may be contacted through this website
David played Golf as an Amateur for England on many occasions and acted as a Selector for English boys. His great interest in the game and all matters golf gave him a successful career as the Golf consultant for Sothebys for many years before retiring. As a world authority on golf memorabilia we are very pleased to have him "heading up" our Golfing Memorabilia team. David also acts as a consultant for Graham Budd's Sporting Collectables Auction house.
Following his period managing Harpenden Auctions. I am please that Michael has joined the team as Projects Manager. His past antique knowledge and his many years of property Valuation experience has already proved a great asset to the Business.
1. Are you properly qualified and recognised by insurance companies and the Inland Revenue?
I have been registered as a Member of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland since 1987 and a Fellow since 2008. All valuations since 1995 have been accepted by both insurance companies and HMRC. I am also on the approved list of antique and fine art valuers with Legal and General.
2. The antique and fine art world is highly complex with many specialist areas. How do you reach your conclusions?
I have traded in general antiques and fine art for over 35 years and am a very experienced auctioneer and valuer with contacts throughout the antique trade and auction world including access to specialist colleagues at all the major London auction rooms. This advice is normally free however from time to time with large/high value appraisals an extra fee may be appropriate. High value jewellery and very fine objet d’art appraisals would normally attract an added fee (as advised).
3. Photography is normally an expensive field. Why is it advisable and will I be charged extra?
Medium to high insurance claims will be investigated by underwriters who may require evidence of ownership and photographs to help various agencies with recognition and repossession. Digital photographs are therefore taken for your protection and recorded as a gallery on a computer disc as part of the valuation (small extra charge of £20 per DVD).
4. Can you guarantee a comprehensive report within a reasonable time?
This very much depends on the amount of research involved and the size of the valuation. Past valuation reports, receipts etc. may well help on this front and these items can considerably reduce time and therefore reduce fees. I try where possible to render the report within a week and quite often sooner at no extra charge. Weekends and evening work may attract a small premium.
5. Why do I have to pay on completion and why can’t your fees be paid on conclusion of probate by the executor/solicitor?
As an independent valuer and being self employed with far smaller overheads than larger firms I am able to offer a highly competitive fee structure. This would not be possible if delayed payments were applicable. Please note that 'valuations' may in many areas be the opinion of the appraiser and reflect the value of items, probate disposal or replacement value, as per the appropriate market forces in place at the time of writing.