LAWRENCES Auctioneers in Crewkerne are pleased to announce the arrival of a new valuer, Matthew Denney, to add to their impressive team.

Matthew has spent the previous 16 years working as senior valuer for Dukes of Dorchester. Prior to this he was a senior lecturer at Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University) where he was course leader for the Fine Arts Valuation degrees, much missed course which helped many aspiring auctioneers and dealers find a route into the antiques business.

Matthew is an experienced general valuer who brings experience and professionalism to his work producing valuations for probate, insurance and other purposes. Matthew is an enthusiastic auctioneer and has played an important part in achieving high prices for clients. As happy dealing with individual items for private clients as dealing with large estates, and on one occasion an entire museum contents, Matthew is a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors qualified valuer.

With specialisms in the English Arts and Crafts Movement, for which he was awarded a PhD, and 20th Century design Matthew has published and lectured widely to different groups and societies. An enduring love of the fine and decorative arts, allied to a professional approach to client relations, makes Matthew an important part of the team in Crewkerne.