About Us

Coram James is a firm of independent art, antique and jewellery valuers. We work closely with the UK's leading insurance companies, law firms and professional advisors to provide valuations of art, antiques and jewellery for a range of purposes including insurance, probate and family division.

We are approved valuers for many major high net worth insurers and are regulated byThe Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


The Valuation Team

ROBERT CORAM JAMES, MRICS, FRSA

Managing Director

Robert has a degree in Fine Art Valuation from Southampton Solent University and trained at Christie’s auctioneers in London. He has a broad knowledge of the Fine and Decorative Arts and is regularly instructed as an art and antique expert witness in civil, criminal and family court cases. Robert is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Arts & Antiques Faculty) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

ISABEL GRIMSHAW, MA, FRSA

Director, Valuations Department

Isabel is a graduate of The Courtauld Institute of Art (MA Early Modern) and has extensive experience in the art world, including several years with the British Pictures Department at Christie’s. She joined Coram James having worked for a leading Mayfair gallery dealing in Modern and Contemporary Art. Isabel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

NEIL GRENYER, MRICS

Senior Valuer

Neil is a senior general valuer and Chartered Arts & Antiques Surveyor. He has a degree in Fine Art Valuation and spent five years as a specialist with Bonham’s in London. Neil is based in South Derbyshire and provides valuations for our clients throughout the East and West Midlands.

JULIA MELNIKOVA, MA

Valuer and Researcher

Julia graduated from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (MA Art Business) and has worked in the Victorian and British paintings Department and the Modern Design Department at Sotheby’s. She has a particular interest in Russian Decorative Arts and Modern Design and is fluent in Russian, Greek and English.

RICHARD LESTER

Valuer and Researcher

Richard studied and trained with Sotheby’s Auctioneers in London and has been an art valuer for over twenty years. He is a specialist in fashion and vintage clothing and writes for the Antique Collectors Club and other art and antique publishers.

CÉCILIA JAMES, MA

Contemporary Art Specialist

Cécilia is a graduate of the University of Lyon and holds a Masters degree in Business Law and Art History. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English and holds a further post-graduate qualification in Art Law and Taxation. Cécilia started her career in France with a firm of Parisian auctioneers and later joined Christie’s in London.

GEOFF COX

Books and Manuscripts Specialist

Geoff is an antiquarian book valuer and handles all book valuations for both probate and insurance purposes. He can advise on disposal and acquisition of everything from single books to entire libraries.


Consultant Specialists

We value all categories of the fine and decorative arts and have specialist consultants for the following categories—

JEWELLERY VALUATIONS

For high value jewellery we consult a FGA qualified jewellery valuation expert.

ASIAN ART CONSULTANT

Our consultant is one of the world’s leading Asian Art specialists and has a great deal of experience valuing all categories of Chinese works of art.

CLASSIC CARS

Our classic car consultant is one of the world’s authorities in the valuation of classic and vintage cars and motorbikes.

We value all categories of the fine and decorative arts and have considerable experience in all areas of the art market.

  • Old Master Paintings & Drawings
  • Modern &Contemporary Art
  • Ceramics & Glass
  • Clocks & Watches
  • European & English Antique Furniture
  • Rugs & Carpets
  • Wine & Spirits
  • Indian Art
  • Modern Design Furniture
  • Musical Instruments
  • Toys
  • Coins & Stamps

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Art & Antiques Faculty)
  • Member of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers
  • Member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers
  • Affiliate Member of Resolution (First For Family Law)
  • Member of the Institute of Art and Law
  • Approved service provider for Hiscox Insurance
  • Approved service provider for AXA Art
  • Approved service provider for The Association of Art and Antique Dealers (LAPADA)
A Chinese Ming Dynasty flask, early 15th century
A Chinese Ming Dynasty flask, early 15th century.

Contact Us

London +44 (0) 20 7837 8115