International Head of Department
London, King Street
assisted in the survey of Victorian Portrait Miniatures for a catalogue raisonné published in 2010.
She joined the Portrait Miniatures Department at Christie’s in 2005 as a Junior Specialist and became Head of Department a few years later. She has had the great privilege of being entrusted to sell a number of important collections of Portrait Miniatures including that of the late Mrs T.S. Eliot in 2013. This is the most valuable collection to have come to the market in recent years, and remains the highest grossing sale auction in this category. Other key collection sales include: A European Private Collection, 2012 and 2013; The Dr Lindsay Gordon Collection of Historical Portrait, 2009; The Gordon Collection, 2007, and she has been involved in numerous other high-profile sales such as the Yves Saint Laurent Collection in Paris in 2009.
She has also seen a number of world records which include a previously unrecorded portrait of Queen Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard which sold for £276,000 in 2007 and a portrait of Mrs Russell by John Smart which made £56,400 in the same year. A copy of Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne by Henry Bone, R.A., set a new world record for the artist at £313,875 in 2013, just beating the earlier record set by Bone’s portrait of Henry VIII after Hans Holbein which Christie’s sold in 2011 for £313,250.
Until 2013 Jo was also responsible for the Gold Boxes & Objects of Vertu category and led the extremely successful sale of the Iberian Collection of Gold Boxes in 2011, and the sale of a previously unrecorded gold snuff-box by Daniel Baudesson, goldsmith of King Frederick the Great, selling for £657,000 and setting a new world record for a gold snuff-box sold at auction.
In addition to her time spent on auctions, she has undertaken Portrait Miniatures and Gold Box valuations of some of Europe’s most established family estates and royal collections.