Ashley & Associates is an Auckland–based fine art appraisal and consultancy firm with associates worldwide.
Our areas of expert knowledge include painting and sculpture, photography and prints, Māori and Pacific artefacts, antique and decorative objects, rare books and manuscripts, and cultural heritage objects.
Ashley & Associates adhere to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the International Valuation Standards (IVS).
Our associates include Victor Wiener Associates, LLC, New York.
Ben Ashley is Ashley & Associates’ principal assessor. Formerly Rare Books Manager, Valuations Manager and Head of Fine Art at Webb’s Auction House, Auckland, Mr Ashley founded Ashley & Associates in 2016. He has managed large-scale evaluations for several of New Zealand’s most significant museums and institutions, including the following —
Alexander Turnbull Library
Te Papa Tongarewa
Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga
National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy
The New Zealand Parliamentary Service Te Ratonga Whare Pāremata
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Museum of Transport & Technology
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & Heritage
Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena & University of Otago
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Victoria University of Wellington
Len Lye Centre
Acting internationally as an art insurance claims consultant, Mr Ashley has worked extensively on claims involving damage to fine art and cultural objects. Principal clients include leading fine art insurers, underwriters, brokers, private collectors, galleries and museums. He is also the Asia-Pacific consultant for Victor Wiener Associates, New York, and is the literary executor of the estate of pre-eminent New Zealand poet, Sam Hunt.
Mr Ashley also provides consultancy services to the Spark Foundation regarding the management of the Spark Art Trust collection.