Claire Tuck is Bonhams Business Manager for clients across Norfolk and South Lincolnshire, providing valuations for auction, probate and insurance across all fine art and antiques categories. She is also a Bonhams Jewellery specialist and representative for East Anglia, covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and South Lincolnshire.
Since joining Bonhams in 2003, Claire has sourced many interesting and valuable pieces of jewellery from East Anglia, including a jade bangle sold in Hong Kong for HK$4.73 million; a Burmese ruby ring sold in London for £121,000, four times its pre-sale estimate; a Kashmiri sapphire ring sold in London for £182,500, over three times its pre-sale estimate. She has also consigned jewellery of historical significance, including an early 19th century gold cannetille, pink topaz and diamond demi-parure - a wedding gift from Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 1st Baronet of Brayton to his wife Caroline - which sold for £51,650 in London.
In 2021, Claire sourced Henry Guillaume Schlesinger's suite of paintings The Five Senses, originally purchased by Napoleon III from the Paris Salon in 1865. Sourced in Norfolk and sold in London, they achieved £200,250, a new world record for the artist.
Exceptional single-owner collections that Claire has brought to auction include the Sampson & Horne Collection; the contents of Weston Hall and the collection of the late George Williams; the Richmond Collection of Early English Needlework; and the Claude Basil Fry Collection of early sundials, all sourced in Norfolk and sold in London.
Before Bonhams, Claire had a successful career in retail. She regularly speaks about jewellery for charities and organisations throughout East Anglia.