Alasdair Nichol

Chairman at Freeman’s

Alasdair Nichol is the Chairman and Head of the Fine Art Department at Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house. Having been within the same family for six generations, he and two colleagues acquired the company in a friendly management buy-out in 2016. Prior to joining Freeman’s in 1999, Alasdair served as Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at Phillips in London, and shortly thereafter was appointed Director of Paintings at Phillips New York. While at Freeman’s, Alasdair has engineered growth in his department, to the point where the annual turnover in fine art now is nearly double the annual turnover of Freeman’s prior to the company’s 1999 restructuring. He is respected as one of the leading figures in the American fine art auction market and was chairman of the vetting committee for the prestigious annual Spring Masters Art Fair held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. He is a former First Vice President of the Appraisers Association of America and sits on its Advisory Board. As well as lecturing widely in the USA and UK, he is much in demand as a charity auctioneer. Since 1998, Alasdair has appeared regularly as an appraiser of Fine Art on the popular PBS television series Antiques Roadshow.