Emma began her career working in the Victoria and Albert Museum whilst completing her Masters degree. She then moved to the Portrait Miniatures department at London based auctioneers Bonhams for four years before setting up the Portrait Miniatures Department at Phillip’s Auctioneers. After the amalgamation of Phillips and Bonhams she became Departmental Director.
During her time in the auction world, Emma sourced and handled the Albion Collection, the highest grossing collection of portrait miniatures ever to come to the market. This sale followed the public touring exhibition, Secret Passion to Noble Fashion exhibition, organised by Emma.
Emma’s knowledge extends to portrait miniatures painted on vellum and ivory from the 16th to the early 20th century; enamel portraits from the 17th to the 19th century; small oil portraits on metal from the 16th to the early 18th century; silhouettes from the 18th to the 20th century and portrait reliefs in wax, paste and ivory from the 17th to the 19th century.
Over many years working in her chosen field, Emma has developed close working relationships with museum and gallery curators, conservators and restorers. She has also conducted many significant private and public valuations, and can offer advice on investment, taxation and shipping matters.
Now the only independent, freelance consultant working in this field, Emma divides her time between a consultancy at Philip Mould in Dover Street, London (www.philipmould.com), curating private collections and writing.