Rufus Bird has joined Duke’s. Photo: Julian Calder Photography.

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Rufus Bird – previously a director at Christie’s – filled that royal role between 2018-21 and was a deputy surveyor from 2010-17. He is currently retained as a consultant on furniture and historic interiors to the Royal Collection Trust.

“The UK and European regional auction market is vibrant right now and has seen an upsurge in interest in recent years,” he told ATG.

Bird said at Duke’s he will be “developing a new collection care service for private collections” and will give strategic advice on private sales. He is also advising on the sale of private collections and country house auctions.