Mark is a freelance antiques, collectables and 20thC design expert,
as well as an experienced valuer, business consultant, researcher, writer and lecturer.
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Mark Hill began his career in 1996 as a specialist in the collectors departments at Bonhams and, later, at Sotheby’s in London. He then joined icollector.com where he became a director, forming and running its ground-breaking alliance with eBay Live Auctions that revolutionised the auction industry by pioneering live online bidding in 2001. He is now an author, publisher, TV presenter, and a leading dealer in postwar Czech and 20th century art glass. Clients include international publishers, museums, educational institutions and private collectors. He is also Senior Vice President U.K. & EU at RONATI, a company offering innovative and effective digital solutions to the antiques industry.
Founded in 2006, his publishing company Mark Hill Publishing Ltd, specialises in producing ground-breaking and innovative books on new areas in 20thC design and decorative arts. Mark is an expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow (since 2007), and the BBC Antiques Roadtrip. He was also co-presenter of BBC Two’s primetime antiques and interior design shows Cracking Antiques, Antiques Uncovered and Collectaholics (two series), and has also appeared on the BBC 20th Century Roadshow and Priceless Antiques Roadshow. He was the co-author of the international Miller’s Collectables Price Guides from 2002-17 and has written for The Daily Mail and Homes & Antiques magazine.
He is also a member of the vetting committee for major international fairs including the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair and Antiques For Everyone. He was a co-founder of the Antiques Young Guns movement, and is a dealer member and committee member of The British Antique Dealers’ Association.
Mark is an experienced accredited lecturer for The Arts Society (NADFAS) and has lectured at prestigious locations across the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He has also contributed to innumerable newspapers, magazines, and radio programmes. Mark has a BA (Hons) in the History of Art & Architecture, and is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London.
Publications by Mark Hill
Fat Lava: West German Ceramics of the 1960s & 70s (2006, second edition 2010, third edition 2012, fourth revised and enlarged edition 2016, fifth edition 2018)
Michael Harris: Mdina Glass & Isle of Wight Studio Glass (2006)
Frank Thrower & Dartington Glass (2007)
Hi Sklo Lo Sklo: Post War Czech Glass Design From Masterpiece To Mass-Produced (2008)
Caithness Glass: Loch, Heather & Peat (2011)
Alla Moda: Italian Ceramics of 1950s-70s (2012)
The Canny Collector (2013)
Beránek & Skrdlovice: Legends of Czech Glass, Publisher & General Editor, (2014)
The Horrors of War by Pierre-Georges Jeanniot (2014)
Sklo: Czech Glass Design from the 1950s-70s (2017)
In association with Judith Miller
Miller’s Collectables Price Guides 2009-2017 (unique UK & US editions published annually)
DK Collectables Price Guides 2003-2008, published by Dorling Kindersley (unique UK & US editions published annually)
Buy Keep or Sell?, for the Reader’s Digest (2004 & 2006)
DK Collectors Guide: 20th Century Glass, Contributor, (2004)
Decorative Arts, Contributor, published by Dorling Kindersley (2006)
Miller’s 20th Century Design, Contributor, (2009)
Mark Hill Publishing Ltd is a private limited company registered in England, no.6793211
With thanks to Countessian for use of the portrait of Mark.