Decorative Arts, Furniture, Metalwork & Sculpture
Sebastian Clarke is a senior vice president and director of Doyle New York's English and Continental Furniture and Decorations department. Born in Wales, Mr. Clarke hails from a family of art experts, including both of his parents. Moving to the United States from the United Kingdom in 1995, Sebastian Clarke immersed himself in the fine-art and auction world as an apprentice restorer and art handler at the renowned Manhattan studio of Simon Parkes Art Conservation. He then spent three years with auctioneers C.G. Sloan & Co. in Rockville, Maryland, where he eventually moved into the role of chief registrar for the firm.
In 2000, Mr. Clarke joined Doyle New York, where he served first as a junior cataloger, then as a General Furniture and Decorative Arts appraiser before moving to Sotheby's, New York in 2004 as a specialist in the European Furniture department. In January 2007, he joined Freeman's, America's oldest auction house, based in Philadelphia, as vice president and head of the English and Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts department.
In August 2008, Mr. Clarke returned to Doyle New York where he is an auctioneer and a senior vice president in the English and Continental Furniture and Decorations department. He is also in high demand as a charity auctioneer. Mr. Clarke is a featured appraiser on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow.