Selected Lectures and Media Presentations since 2000

The Silver from Christchurch, Oxford.  Lecture to accompany a loan exhibition from the Oxford University College, at Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand. November, 2000.

A European Heritage: C19th silver in Australia. Lecture to Silver Society, London.U.K. January 2003.

Rococo Silver in England. Lecture to Alresford DFAS, Alresford, U.K. January 2004.

Fakes and Forgeries in Silver. Lecture to Cleveland Circle of the Decorative Arts Trust, Ohio,U.S.A.May,2005.

Silver Skulduggery – fakes and forgeries in silver. Lectures to BRIDFAS Hamburg, and BRIDFAS  Osnabruck, Germany, June 2005.

BBC Antiques Roadshow. Silver Expert, Television. Sydney and Melbourne, August 2005.

The History Channel - Ask The Experts. Silver Expert and Television Host. Sydney, April 2006.

Silver in the NGV: understanding style and decoration. Seminar at the NGV, Melbourne Sept 2006.

English Silver and Continental Silver Gilt. Lecture at seminar weekend for “The Herbert and May Shaw bequest – a gracious gift”. Hamilton Art Gallery, Victoria, October 2007

Huguenot Silver, Lecture to the Huguenot Society of Australia, Sydney, February 2010

What is it worth to you? Video on NSW Govt Trustee and Guardian website, also a DVD. September 2010.

Australian Silver – the Adelaide influence, Lecture ADFAS, Adelaide, April 2014

Current and Recent Accreditations and Credentials Include:

Biographical Details


Natural Soaps

Event Management and Coordination

Valuation days.  Organiser and valuer: Sutherland Shire Council (Heritage Festival), April 2006 and 2007, Pittwater Council March 2007 (Seniors Week). Baulkham Hills Shire Council (Bella Vista Farm Park) Sept 2008, NSW Trustee and Guardian (Good Will Week) Sept 2010.

Ask The Experts. Event inaugurator, co-director and valuer. Joint venture valuation day Australian Antique Dealer’s Association and Historic Houses Trust. April 2006, May 2007, March 2008.

Annual Kirkoswold Silver Study Day. Organizer and presenter of annual seminar in Sydney since 2007 - 2016.

Jolyon Warwick James grew up in St John’s Wood, north London, and later in Sussex, with the family home being in Cornwall. He is postgraduate educated with a London University degree, after school at Marlborough, Wiltshire. Subsequently taking residence in Australia, he lives in Sydney, operating privately.

For 40 years, Jolyon Warwick James has acted as a professional consultant developing an extensive specialised knowledge and qualifications as a lecturer, valuer (appraiser), and adviser with respect to English, European, Colonial and other silver. He is recognised internationally through his articles, lectures, and personal representations. He works with Museums, auction houses, Government bodies, commercial enterprises, collectors and educational organisations both within Australia and overseas.

Jolyon Warwick James’s work as a silver consultant requires him to travel regularly overseas undertaking study tours, lectures and fulfilling other commissions. He does this with much energy and professional enthusiasm and has made the pursuit of knowledge and the understanding of the noble metal, into a pleasure to be shared with others.

B.A.(Lond), and Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Lond). 

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (University of Cambridge).

Appointed Australian Government Expert Examiner under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act, since 1993. 

Approved to value silver under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program (Tax incentives for the arts) since 1988.

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA), since 2015. 

Honorary Associate of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, since 1997.

ADFAS lecturer, Australia, since 1990

Member of the Chancellors Committee of the University of Sydney, since 1995

Member of The (English) Silver Society, since 1983. 

Foundation member of The Silver Society of Australia and President from 1990-94, and 1996-99. 

Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and The City of London, since 1989. 

Past President of the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association, 2013 – 2015

Past President of the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (NSW Chapter), 2004 – 2013.

Past Board Member of, CINOA, 2009 – 2015 (international art and antiques federation).

Lecturer National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS, UK), 2000 – 2010. ​

Selected Publications since 2000

Waddesdon Manor – silver splendour. Silver Magazine, U.S.A. July/August 2002.

 A European Heritage: C19th silver in Australia. The Silver Society Journal, U.K. No 15, 2003.

The Schatzkammer and the Antipode. Australiana , Australia. March 2004

A Multicultural Ewer. Silver Journal of Australia, Number 1, 2005

Artists Resale Royalties, adapted and adopted in Australia. Antiques Trade Gazette, UK. October 2012

An early Australian Silver gift - its authenticity and context, Australiana, Australia  May 2016

The Handbook of Silver. A manual of lecture notes and resource material, regularly updated