David's company, David J Barby and Associates, has now closed.

David J. Barby and Associates have been trading for nearly nine years but as an idea, its gestation covered the entire professional career of David J Barby himself. Over thirty five years experience in the world of antiques and auctions and latterly as an expert on a number of BBC programmes, has given David Barby a finely honed sensitivity to the nuances of the trade and the ever-changing requirements of its customers. We offer an Independent Valuation Service primarily for insurance and probate. The value of antiques is prone to the swings of fashion. Therefore people who love to surround themselves with antique furniture, pictures, porcelain and so forth, need to be aware of the fluctuations in the market. Not to mention it is a legal requirement to prove ownership of an item if a claim is being made to an insurance company.

David J. Barby FRICS and Associates provide valuations with detailed descriptions, photographic images and realistic valuations for replacement in today’s market. Preparing valuations for the purpose of probate can often mean dealing with people coping with bereavement as well as the break-up of a family home and the executors benefit from the detailed listing of the deceased effects giving them a chance to come to considered decisions regarding the dispersal of items. David J. Barby FRICS and Associates are able to assist with this process by advising on the most suitable course for selling. As a company we are increasingly approached by individuals wishing to sell items. In the past when surplus furniture was to be sold or a house cleared, everything was simply transported to the local auction house for what it would make on the day. Today’s clients require more than this. We take the time to access the best possible location for the sale of individual items. Sometimes it is advantageous to arrange a private sale with a specialist dealer rather than offering items for sale by auction. 

David J. Barby FRICS and Associates take the individual approach to its clients. From the initial meeting and preparation of a valuation to the dispersal of goods, each step is undertaken with personal attention. All of which is carried out with complete client confidentiality and efficient professionalism.