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David Elstob

Director, Chartered Arts and Antiques Surveyor, RICS Registered Valuer

David Elstob is a rare breed of auctioneer! As a Chartered Arts and Antiques Surveyor, validated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), he has an extraordinary qualification that puts him firmly into the industry’s elite.

Few auctioneers achieve this status and those who do are considered highly specialised and experienced practitioners in the field.

As well as advising clients on the valuation, sale, purchase and management of antiques and fine arts, Chartered Arts and Antiques Surveyors are also qualified in the wider areas of storage, security, conservation and restoration, shipping and packaging.

This qualification is on top of a Master’s degree in Antiques obtained from the University of Central Lancashire and membership of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.

Before setting up Elstob & Elstob, David was Director at Thomas Watsons in Darlington – one of the oldest and most respected auction houses in the North of England – and before that headed up the saleroom team at Addisons of Barnard Castle in County Durham.

David is a general valuer with a specialism in 20th Century Design and particularly the work of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson who was part of the 1920’s revival of craftsmanship inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement led by William Morris, John Ruskin and William Carlyle.

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