Emma Rutherford

Consultant, Portrait Miniatures

Emma Rutherford

Emma Rutherford is a freelance art historian specialising in portrait miniatures and silhouettes.

Emma began her career working in the Victoria and Albert Museum whilst completing her Masters degree. She set up the Portrait Miniatures Department at Phillip’s Auctioneers. After the amalgamation of Phillips and Bonhams she became Departmental Director.

During her time in the auction world, she sourced and handled the Albion Collection, the highest grossing collection of portrait miniatures ever to come to the market. She has also curated the family collection of portrait miniatures, entitled Heirs and Graces, at Harewood House in Yorkshire.

Emma has made several television appearances, and has also advised the Antiques Roadshow. She has written many articles for magazines and national newspapers, and has close working relationships with museum and gallery curators, conservators and restorers. She has also conducted many significant private and public valuations.

Emma has recently completed her first book, entitled 'Silhouette,' which is now available from bookstores. It is the first major history of the subject written since the 1970s and is published by the prestigious New York publisher Rizzoli.

Emma recently curated the 'Secret Faces' exhibition at Philip Mould, an important exhibition of rarely seen portrait miniatures from public and private collections.