Q & A with Diane

Name: Diane Sinnott BA (Hons), MRICS

Title at Tennants: Specialist in Decorative Arts 1860 - present day
Other attributes: General valuer
Relevant qualifications:Three year degree in Fine Arts Valuation, five years Member Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in Chattels
No. of years at Tennants: 12
Previous employment: General valuer in a small provincial saleroom
Favourite lot ever sold & why: A Sidney Barnsley oak table sold for £16,000 in 2006.
Career highlight at Tennants/memorable occasion: Probably selling the Leeds Girls' High School Mouseman furniture!
Important or exciting collections sold through you and why you've enjoyed it: Again, the contents of Leeds Girls' High School senior library made by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson in 1934. I went on-site to catalogue the library and was on the rostrum to see it sold to a packed saleroom. I even had the chance to visit the buyer to see the bookcase reconstructed in July 2008!

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