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by Georgia Powell and Liza Shapiro
Calls with CURA: Stories from the Art World

Philip Smith - Auctioneer


Philip Smith is an auctioneer and specialist in 20th Century Design and Modern & Post-War British Art, running these departments and as Associate Director at Lyon & Turnbull.

After graduating with a Masters from the Courtauld Institute in 2007, Philip has over 10 years’ experience within the auction industry, beginning his career at a leading provincial auctioneers in the South of England.

During this time he has developed some of the leading sales in the country within these fields and is particularly known as a leading specialist in studio & contemporary ceramics, post-war art and artist’s studio sales. He has developed his specialism further with multi-disciplinary auctions at Lyon and Turnbull, notably the ‘Modern Made’ sales.

Philip is a trustee of Court Barn; the Guild of Handicraft Museum, in Chipping Campden which includes curating and organising exhibitions for the Museum.

He has also contributed to a number of publications including Ceramic Review, The Times and The Telegraph, and has given lectures on the changing nature of Studio Ceramics in the art world at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.


Episode 22

Season 1

by Georgia Powell and Liza Shapiro