"Coming into an area of collecting with which I was unfamiliar, I was very fortunate to enlist the aid of Alex Tonkinson. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.

I have the utmost confidence in his judgement and integrity."

Professor Malcolm Lader, OBE

"In my role as Executor for my late Uncle, I recently had need to value and arrange sale of part of his ceramic collection.

I found Alex Tonkinson at STIVESMODERN and with his help and assistance the collection has been very effectively dispersed by private sales and specialist auction not only realising appropriate monetary value but notably, in several instances, an appropriate emotional valuation by the purchaser; something that would have greatly pleased my late uncle. 

 I have no hesitation in recommending Alex Tonkinson's services, whether in the circumstances I found myself in or simply to learn a little more about this amazing group of ceramic artists that were drawn to produce their amazing works in the environs of St Ives"

"I contacted Alex regarding an Executors' sale of a collection of what we believed were Hamada plates together with some Wenford pieces.  We had already received mixed opinions so wanted a specialist assessment before putting them forward for sale. 

Alex was not only reassuringly enthusiastic about the collection, but very knowledgeable with a real passion for his subject and it was very interesting to learn more about it all.  We agreed that the collection would go for sale and Alex kindly delivered it on our behalf. 

I went along to the auction and was delighted that all the lots sold and was even more delighted with the prices achieved, which were significantly above a previous valuation we'd been given. 

Alex's help and input were much appreciated and I would have no hesitation in recommending him."

"When looking for a way of selling my small collection of inherited studio pottery, I found Alex Tonkinson at STIVESMODERN.

He proved to be informative, enthusiastic and involved in his subject and above all completely honest.

I found my initial trust to be well founded, I could rely on his advice and support implicitly. This made my experience of the whole process, constructive, interesting and worthwhile.

I have no hesitation in recommending him."