John Axford - Deputy Chairman

John Axford is counted among the top Asian Art specialists in the auction world, described by Roy Davids and Dominic Jellinek, in their recent publication, 'Provenance - Collectors, Dealers & Scholars: Chinese Ceramics in Britain & America' as:  "The enterprising director of the Ceramics, Glass and Oriental departments … [who] has on occasion in recent sales outgunned his London rivals."

In 2005 John discovered an exceptional Yuan dynasty blue and white gourd vase from the Alexander collection, which he sold for £3,000,000, the first time the million pound mark had been passed by any UK regional auctioneer. In May 2009 he sold a rare jade water buffalo for £4,200,000 creating a new record which still stands as the highest price ever achieved at a UK auction, outside London, for any work of art.  John has since sold six further lots of Asian Art for seven figure sums, including £3,800,000 for a Qianlong jade deer from Crichel House in Dorset.

John is the Deputy Chairman of Woolley and Wallis, and is Director responsible for the Asian Art, Decorative Arts and European Ceramics departments. He joined Woolley and Wallis in 1993 after a brief spell working for Phillips auctioneers in London.

After studying Fine Art, sculpture and drawing at Leeds University, gaining a first class honours degree, John took professional exams with the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers when in 1997, he became the first recipient of the Antiques Trade Gazette Ivor Turnbull Memorial prize, for achieving the highest marks in the country.

John makes regular appearances on the BBC Antiques Roadshow where he has been a member of the team of experts since since 1999. He is a member of the Asian Art vetting committee for the Art Antiques London International fair. John writes and lectures on ceramics and Asian art and he is a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society, the English Ceramic Circle and the French Porcelain Society, The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA) and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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