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UK & EU lead for Fine Art, Jewellery and Specie

Grace Best-Devereux

UK & EU lead for Fine Art, Jewellery and Specie

Biography

Grace’s interaction with the Arts has been widespread, providing a variety of experience and access points to better address the unique works involved in Fine Art/ Specie and Jewelry Adjusting.

Grace began her career in Art as a sculptor in the Pacific Northwest, transitioning out of the studio and into working for a Fine Art museum in Seattle before moving to London to graduate with her master’s degree from the Sotheby’s Institute. She specialized her Art Business degree in East Asian Ceramics and Contemporary Art- publishing her dissertation on the many nuances of insuring Contemporary Artworks. After her studies, Grace worked as the gallery manager of a Fine and Decorative Arts gallery in Kensington.

Taking the experience gained from working in all aspects of the Art Market, Grace entered the Lloyds of London Insurance market to develop her skills in insurance claims. She worked in the worldwide property division of a Lloyd’s broker before joining McLarens in the Spring of 2020.

Grace is involved in The Network for Independent Women in Insurance (iWIN) and The Arts Society.

NOTABLE ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Conducted pre-risk surveys for art storage facilities, Art Galleries, HNW private residences, and Historic Estates
  • Theft of Painting- member of the Royal family (GBP 100 K)
  • Damaged Luxury Handbags: Escape of water (GBP 200 K)
  • Handled & Reduced Claim amount- Goods: Flood (Valued at GBP 700 K)
  • Damaged Contemporary Art: Fire (GBP 400 K)
  • Survey of Estate Art Collection (GBP 3 Million)
  • Investigated loss of Wine Collection: Fire (USD 260 K)
  • Investigated loss of Rare Watches: Fire (Valued at USD 300 K)
  • Investigated loss of rare historic art object: Fire (Valued at USD 4 Million)

Office Address / Contact Information

Forum House
15-18 Lime Street
London
EC3M 7AN
United Kingdom
Local Time: 07:59 pm
Local Date: 26 November, 2022

Industry Certification

Fine Art and Ceramic Handling training by the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art; ArtTactic certifications in: Art Market analysis for Old Masters, Art Market Data and Analytical Tools, Artist Market Analysis, Market Value and Fair Value Analysis; Sotheby’s Institute of Art: MA Art Business, Certificate in Art Crime

Qualifications

BA (Honors) in Fine Art: University of Puget Sound - Studio Art and focus in East Asian Art History, MA in Art Business: Sotheby's Institute of Art (London) / University of Manchester - focus in East Asian Ceramics and Contemporary Art

Additional Expertise

Collectibles, Furrier’s Block, Jeweller’s Block, Wine, Musical Instruments, High Net Worth Claims