Claire Brown has launched her own business.

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In her business, Claire Brown Art, she will provide a range of consultancy and curatorial services, as well as offering a variety of stock for sale. Along with antiquities, she specialises in medieval sculpture, early portraiture, Old Master drawings, Modern British paintings and contemporary ceramics.

She recently sold her first acquisition, a lapis lazuli geological specimen from the Sar-i-Sang mines in modern Afghanistan. Stone from the mine was used in the death mask of Tutankhamun and for pigment in various Renaissance paintings. It is “quite simply a beautiful object”, Brown said, adding that it “perfectly illustrates my motivation”.

She also offers services sourcing objects, advising on domestic and commercial displays, and producing catalogues for galleries and private collectors.

Rupert Wace closed at the end of last year.