Team & Biographies
Now an independent art dealer based in London, Adrian Sassoon has spent twenty years in the art world, having also worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum and for a leading antiques dealer.
He focuses on the sale and promotion of two main categories: Sèvres Porcelain (and other important antique Continental Porcelain); and leading Contemporary Decorative Arts (Studio Ceramics, Glass, Metalwork and Jewellery), as well as working as an art adviser.
It is the aim of Adrian Sassoon to introduce and develop audience appreciation for the work of his exceptional group of contemporary artists. Sassoon also promotes the works’ current and future positioning within its rich, historical context. Adrian Sassoon was a Trustee of the Wallace Collection, London from 2008-2015, and is a Trustee of the Hermitage Foundation UK.
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Museum Patrons Groups
- The Victoria & Albert Museum (Friend since 1978, Patron since 1994)
- The National Gallery, The George Beaumont Group (Member since 1996, Life Member since 2003)
- The Patrons of The National Galleries of Scotland (since 2000)
- Fellow of The Frick Collection, New York (since 2000)
- The Elias Ashmole Group, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (since 2001)
- Hero of The Wallace Collection, London (since 2002, Life Benefactor since 2007)
- The Marlay Group, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (from 2003, Committee Member since 2006)
- Patron of the Holburne Museum, Bath (since 2004)
- Patron of the UK Friends of The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, from 2006
Memberships of Other Art Bodies
- The National Art Collections Fund (Life Member since 1978, Patron since 2003)
- The National Trust for England (Life Member since 1978)
- The Furniture History Society (Member since 1978, Life Member, Council Member 2009 - )
- The Friends of The Bowes Museum (Life Member since 1979)
- The French Porcelain Society (Member since 1985, Treasurer 1989-95)
- The Attingham Summer School Society (Member since 1985)
- Previously Council Member of the Attingham Summer School 1990-95
- Les Amis du Musée National de Céramique de Sèvres (Member since 1987)
- The Contemporary Art Society (Member since 1987)
- The Friends of The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood (Life Member since 1988, Council Member 1989-93)
- The Dining in State Research Group (Participant since 1991)
- Friends of the National Libraries (Life Member since 1991)
- Friends of Lambeth Palace Library (Life Member since 1992)
- The Silver Society (Member since 1996)
- Friends of Contemporary Ceramics, USA (Member since 1996)
- The London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust (Member since 1996)
- The Decorative Arts Society, London (Member since 2000)
- The Beckford Society (Member since 1996)
- The Society for Court Studies (Member since 1997)
- The Georgian Group (Member since 1999)
- Friends of The Royal Academy, London (Member since 1990, Exhibition Patrons Group Patrons Group 1999 - 2000)
- Friends of The Courtauld Institute (since 1999)
Antique Dealer and Art Advisor, 1992 to the present
Dealing with a large and varied stock of French 18th Century Sèvres Porcelain from the modest to the grandest pieces; and in Contemporary British Studio Ceramics and Glass.
Examples of major sales from private sources to private collections include a Sèvres Dinner Service presented by Louis XVI to an English diplomat in 1787, later in the collection of George IV; a Garniture of Three Sèvres Vases of a rare hard-paste porcelain with gilt-bronze mounts attributed to Thomire forming French Royal symbols which we have now sold twice in twenty years; various documented Sèvres porcelain Vases and an almost unparalleled Sèvres porcelain Inkstand which has never been published though it matches one of the most famous pieces of Sèvres in the world. In recent years we were able to enable private collectors to purchase an 18th century Sèvres dinner service which was given by Louis XV to the King of Sardinia in the 1770s and the Château de Versailles to purchase a large early Vincennes porcelain punch bowl made for Louis XV.
Sales to museums have included an extraordinarily rare 1730's Crucifix of early porcelain from the Du Paquier factory as well as Vincennes and Sèvres porcelains and major pieces of porcelain from other French factories including Chantilly and St. Cloud.