Consultants

EMMA SABER has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the Antiquities market.

Including researching, valuing, cataloguing and assessing authenticity and condition, which has enabled her to develop a broad knowledge of artefacts from the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern worlds.

As well as several years working for the Antiquities department of one of the world’s leading auction houses, working on high profile auctions, private sales and insurance valuations, Emma has also worked as an art advisor for private clients and independent valuers, both in the UK and abroad. She has also lectured for Christie’s Education on the antiquities market and how to collect and catalogue Antiquities. Emma is an Honours graduate in Ancient History from Royal Holloway College, London University, with a particular interest and passion for vases and sculpture.

LAETITIA DELALOYE bit the bug for Egyptian Art very early on. 

Her maternal side of the family, originally from Ticino in Switzerland, founded the renowned Groppi in Cairo, famous for its confiserie and ice-creams. Her great-grand-uncle Achille Groppi amassed a formidable ensemble of ancient Egyptian glass, sold in three parts as the Per Neb Collection in the early 1990s by Christie’s London (with a final Part IV in 2012).

After obtaining her Masters degree in Egyptology from the University of Geneva in 2006, she started at Christie’s in 2007, gaining experience and responsibilities until becoming the head of the London Antiquities Department between 2016 and 2020. She had the privilege of working on some of the most memorable collections offered at public auction, included the Yves St Laurent Collection, Charles Gillot and Philippe Mariaud de Serres in Paris, the Resandro Collection, the Elsa Bloch-Diener Collection, or the San Giorgi collection in New York.

She is now working as an independent advisor and expert, sharing her passion, knowledge and experience with burgeoning and experienced collectors alike, dealers, auction houses as well as museums.

APOLLO is official partner and representative of RALF KOTALLA LABORATORY for the United Kingdom.

Ralf’s Laboratory has the best technical equipment strengthen by 34 years of experience in the Art business authentication – from Neolithic to 17th century porcelain. The Ralf Kotalla Laboratory establishes only top quality expert reports. These are outstanding by speed of analysis, precision of statements and layout.

We strongly believe that expert’s opinion backed with scientific data is the most secure way to determine the authenticity of each art object. The collaboration between our Auction House and Ralf Kotalla Laboratory can assure our customers of the dedication we have to fight forgery and offer only the best art pieces.

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CAROL A. R. ANDREWS worked at The British Museum for over 28 years.

There she was the Senior Research Assistant in The Department of Egyptian Antiquities. Carol was closely involved with the Treasures of Tutankhamum exhibition held there in 1972; and she was the sole instigator of, and curator for, the hugely successful Egyptian Treasures from the British Museum exhibition, which toured through Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai in 1999. 

Carol was also the editor of the acclaimed book The Egyptian Book Of The Dead: The Book Going Forth By Day, published in 1994. 

SAMI FORTUNE WINTON helps clients and museums identify and acquire long lost treasures.

Passionate about Islamic art and antiquities Sami qualified with first class honours and a masters with Merit in Islamic art, architecture, and antiques from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). Within the world of Islamic antiques his special area of expertise is in objects from Andalus or Islamic Spain. He is versed in a broad range of material culture from manuscripts, wooden carvings, coins, and Jewellery. Working with diverse clients and institutions, Sami is often in demand for his specialist knowledge of the Islamic world. He has aided private clients, world-renowned institutions, and National Museums in identifying, acquiring, and transporting critically rare objects.

Skilled in identifying fakes and forgeries. Sami has provided consultation to the London Metropolitan Police for his exceptional knowledge of numismatics and experience examining forgeries. He also teaches an annual class at Cranfield University on numismatic forgeries both contemporary and ancient.

Sami is also the curator and manager of the Datu-Sami Fortune collection. This collection specialises in numismatics from Andalus and more specifically from the Nasrid dynasty, builders of the Alhambra and the last Muslim rulers of Spain.

Sami retains a wide and specialist international network of collectors, museum curators and scientists, ensuring he is best placed to identify and analyse special works of Islamic art and antiques which Apollo Galleries places in its extraordinary auctions.

 

JAMES BRENCHLEY’s passion for antiquities is a family trait.

His passion lies in Egyptology where he adores researching and educating others in the field. This passion for ancient things was driven by his grandfather who had been avid collector of antiquity since the early 1950’s. The love of antiquities continued with James’ father who was also an avid collector. James had the pleasure of growing up viewing a Roman marble torso of which is grandfather purchased from Christies. James made his first purchase at the age of 15 of two objects from Helios Gallery Antiquities and Collector-Antiquities in 2006. Two Egyptian faience composite amulets of Bes and Anubis.

James is a specialist in Egyptian and Classical antiquities. His colorful experience includes that of Head of Ancient Art and Antiquities at Hansons Auctioneers of London and Derby in 2017-2018. James had the pleasure of handling and authenticating much of the beautiful collection of the late Julian Bird’s collection of Egyptian shabti and antiquity which was collected over a 40-year period.

He is a well-respected collector and dealer on the market and brings to Apollo a further touch of experience in authenticating and researching antiquities. He has a worldwide presence on many social media platforms where he offers valuable insight into the ethics of trade and understanding forgeries from the real piece of ancient art.

RUSSELL SCOTT is an expert on medieval weaponry and the Vikings.

He has been the authenticity officer for the Viking Society for over 26 years. His extensive knowledge stretches into manufacturing historically accurate replicas for museums (including The British Museum) and the media (including Game of Thrones). He has also lectured for schools, museums, and at events for historical societies. 

Russell has been in the antiquities trade for over 43 years, and has consulted with galleries and collectors for 18 years.

SIMON SCHMIDT is an expert on Ancient Jewellery and Metalwork.

After graduating with a distinction in gemmology, Simon has gained over 36 years experience working with Ancient Jewellery.

He is a consultant on jewellery and metalwork for 7 auctions houses, as well as working as a conservationist of ancient pieces and manufacturer of modern pieces.

Simon is also a fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society. 

CLIVE SAWYER is a real veteran in the Ancient art trade.

He has been active in business for over 40 years in both numismatics and antiquities.
 
In the 1990s Clive was on the ADA (Antiquities Dealers Association) committee and held the very first antiquities fair under the ADA banner to great acclaim. He specializes in Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts and coins with particular focus on terracotta objects.
 

Clive is a very respected professional known to both collectors and dealers alike. His substantial knowledge and experience in the field is a valuable asset for Apollo.