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, memorabilia and contemporary collectables, modern furniture and design, militaria, 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
National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy
The New Zealand Parliamentary Service
Heritage New Zealand
Museum of Transport & Technology
Hocken Collections & University of Otago
An experienced art insurance claims consultant, he has worked extensively on projects relating to the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, and the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake. Mr Ashley is also the literary executor of the estate of pre-eminent New Zealand poet, Sam Hunt.