Independent fine art consultant, lecturer, writer and critic
Dr Charles Avery is a specialist on European sculpture, particularly Italian, French, Dutch, English and Flemish.
A graduate and Ph. D. holder of Cambridge University, he also obtained a Diploma in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. After a dozen years in the Sculpture Dept. of the V&A, he was a Director of Christie's for a decade, until 1990, when he became an independent fine art consultant, writer and lecturer.
He has written many books, mainly on Italian sculpture, with monographs on Donatello, Giambologna, Bernini and Bertos, as well as on the Anglo-Huguenot ivory carver, David le Marchand. His most recent title, commissioned in 2009 for their 60th birthday by Thames & Hudson is "A School of Dolphins", an historical survey of their appearance in western art and literature, celebrating the firm's original printers' colophon / present-day logo.
He has catalogued several private and some public collections of Renaissance bronzes, and his specialist articles are gathered in three volumes, entitled "Studies in European Sculpture" [1981; 1988], and "Studies in European Sculpture" .
He also made a feature film "Donatello, the first Modern Sculptor" for BBC-TV in 1986.