James Stratton, MRICS, is the only professionally qualified valuer of clocks in the auction world today. As the main auctioneer for the highly specialist clock sales, he has an unrivaled understanding of the intricacies of the clock market.
James joined the clock department in 1993 and has since sold some of the finest clocks to have come onto the open market in recent times. Highlights include the discovery and attribution of 'The Cupid Fromanteel' table clock, sold for £692,000; the automata clock exhibited at the second Napoleonic Exposition in 1801, sold for £322,000; and a marine chronometer that accompanied Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle, which realized £108,000.
James regularly advises national institutions and, in 2008, cataloged and sold the Melbourne Clock Museum in Australia. Every year he sponsors the 'Dingwall Beloe' lecture at the British Museum, a highlight event for private collectors. He is a Liveryman and past Steward of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, and has served on the council of the Antiquarian Horological Society since 2016.
In 2017, James hosted an exhibition of the horological collection of the Lord Harris (Belmont) Trust, and in 2018 mounted the internationally acclaimed exhibition 'Innovation and Collaboration', focusing on the work of the earliest London clockmakers