Ben Williams

Art Advisory

Areas of specialist interest:

  • Contemporary Ceramic Art Advisory service with particular expertise in Modern and Contemporary British, Japanese and American Studio ceramics.
  • Authorised to sign off image reproduction rights for the estates of Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, authority in this field.
  • Company offers curatorial services, valuations for a variety of purposes and independent advice on acquisitions and de-accessioning either privately or at auction.
  • External Ceramics Consultant for Phillips Auctioneers.


1994-2015 Bonhams and Phillips Auctioneers, various positions including Head of Contemporary Ceramics at Bonhams and culminating in Head of Sale, Design Department at Phillips. Auctions conducted in London, Bath and New York.

Since 2015 Working independently for a variety of clients, both sellers and buyers helping steer and build important collections for individuals and institutions, on the de-accessioning side I am able to offer a whole market solution to advise and seek the best results for sellers.

I also maintain an Independent Consultancy service to Phillips Auctioneers vetting the ceramic content of their sales.


  • Brokering sales
  • Auction advice for buyers and sellers
  • Authentication
  • Valuations

Based in London.