David Battie

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David Battie
Born (1942-10-22)22 October 1942
Nationality British
Known for Expert on ceramics
Television Antiques Roadshow

David Battie FRSA (born 22 October 1942) is a British expert on ceramics with a particular emphasis on Japanese and Chinese works.[1]

After attending art school where he studied as a graphic designer, Battie joined Reader's Digest magazine for three years.[2] In 1965, he joined the auction house Sotheby's. There he worked in the Departments of Ceramics and Oriental Works of Art and was appointed a Director in 1976. He retired from Sotheby's in 1999.

However he is perhaps best known for his many television appearances on the long running BBC television show Antiques Roadshow in which he has been appearing since the first series in 1977.

Since leaving Sotheby's he has been editor of Masterpiece Magazine and has written many books on pottery and porcelain. He also undertakes public speaking.[3]


  • The Price Guide to 19th and 20th Century British Pottery (1975)
  • Sotheby's Encyclopedia of Porcelain (editor, 1990)
  • Sotheby's Encyclopedia of Glass (coeditor, 1991)
  • Readers' Digest Treasures in Your Home (consultant editor, 1992)
  • Understanding 19th Century British Porcelain (1994)


  1. ^ "David Battie, Esq". Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's, UK. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "David Battie". TV-Celebrity.co.uk, UK. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "David Battie F.R.S.A.". menspeakers.co.uk, UK. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 

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