Briony Harford

Head of Paintings, Art Specialist & Valuer

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom



  • Advertising
  • Events
  • Visual Arts
  • Art Direction
  • Art Photography
  • Painting
  • Fine Art
  • Exhibition
  • Business Development
  • Management
  • Creative Direction
  • Event Execution
  • Event Planning
  • Office
  • Customer Service

Work history


Head of Paintings, Art Specialist and Valuer

Criterion Auctioneers

May 2015
  • ? Manage my own bi-monthly Specialist Fine and Contemporary Art Sales ? Source artworks and provide valuations for all consignments ? Catalogue and photograph all lots and upload to Bidmaster, Company website and ? Hang and present the gallery for viewing ? Administrative duties pre and post-sale ? Responsible for condition reports ? Organise, promote and manage preview evenings ? Design and create marketing material e.g. flyers and posters ? Create and organise advertisements in subscriptions, e.g. Antiques Trade Gazette ? Manage all social media accounts ? Auctioneer the entirety of the Fine Art Sales ? Deal with all financial transactions for both vendor and buyer


Art Appraiser, Valuer and Researcher

Arts and Manangement International; AMI

Aug 2013 - Nov 2015
  • ? Intensive art market research and provision of detailed reports and portfolios of artwork valuations for private clients ? Networking at Art Fairs and auctions to gather primary resource liaisons ? Personal administration duties and client management


Head of Paintings, Valuer and Auctioneer

High Road Auctions

Mar 2014 - May 2015
  • • Assess the condition, quality and age of the object or collection • Examine whether objects have been restored or changed in any way • Source the origin of the object or collection by examining receipts or other proof of how the owner obtained it • Carry out research, using reference books and the internet • Consult specialists and historians • Monitoring current prices and market demand • Prepare written valuations for clients • Prepare catalogues and auction administration


Customer Services Manager

High Road Auctions

Apr 2014 - May 2015
  • ? Ensured excellent customer service delivered at all times ? Set up and maintained auction information systems ? Entered contracts and equipment specifications into auction system ? Balanced auction results, and responsible for accounts receivable ? Verified collection of funds, and payment of vendors ? Assisted in recruitment, training and overseeing Customer Service Representatives


Art Consultant

Whitewall Galleries, Demontfort Fine Art

Jan 2014 - May 2014
  • ? Professional Art Advisor ? Consultant for private, domestic and corporate art collections on a global scale ? Luxury sales management that included intensive sales training courses ? Meeting and excelling targets and KPI's ? Building a client base and maintaining client relations



MA in Fine and Decorative Art

Sothebys Institute of Art

Aug 2012 - Aug 2013
  • The Master’s in Fine and Decorative Art and Design derives from the oldest program at the Institute, the 'Works of Art' course, which started in 1969. It offers an integrated study of fine and decorative art and design based on case studies drawn from the late Renaissance through to the late Twentieth Century. These studies are used as lenses through which to examine the production and materiality of art objects, and to consider aspects of consumption, including patronage and collecting and the historical and contemporary art market. Students are equipped with sophisticated visual, critical and research skills, enabling them to work in all areas of the international art world.


History of Art

University of Nottingham

Aug 2009 - Aug 2012
  • The course covers wide-ranging aspects of the visual arts including painting, sculpture, architecture, the graphic arts, photography and other visual media, as well as museum history and the relationship between high art and visual culture.


Psychology, English Language, Law

Herefordshire College of Technology

Aug 2007 - Aug 2009


    IT, Maths, English, French, RE, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ETC

    Malvern St James’s School for Girls

    Aug 1995 - Aug 2007
    • GCSE's



    Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship

    • I attained the AHRC Scholarship which fully funded my MA at Sotheby's Institute, for which only ten are issued every three years. I was awarded this on behalf of an essay I submitted on Renaissance Art.


    A Level Art used as National Standard

    • My A Level art portfolio was used as the benchmark against all other colleges in the UK for achieving a Grade A.