Lydia Abbott

Vice President / Canadian Art Specialist

A specialist in Fine Art, Lydia acquired her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, Communications and Literature from McGill University, Montreal. She obtained a Master's of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Toronto where she specialized in both historical and contemporary Canadian art. Her research areas include the art market, Painters Eleven, Quebec modern art, and Canadian artists in Europe.

She has a decade of experience in the art auction industry, having held senior positions as a Regional Director and a Senior Art Specialist at two auction firms located in Montreal and Toronto.

In 2013, Lydia entered a partnership with Mayberry Fine Art and colleague Rob Cowley to form Consignor Canadian Fine Art. As a both a Principal and the Vice President of Consignor Canadian Fine Art, Lydia's responsibilities include focusing on the collection of consignments for the firm's fine art auctions as well as providing formal appraisals. She has extensive experience securing consignments, conducting thorough artwork condition reports, composing essays on consigned artworks for inclusion in fine art catalogues, and has contributed articles to Arabella, a quarterly Canadian art, architecture and design magazine.

Lydia is a member of the International Society Appraisers, the largest professional association of personal property appraisers in North America. Lydia's accreditation with the ISA allows her to provide clients with formal appraisals written to ISA and USPAP (The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) standards, meeting the varying appraisal needs of the Canadian art industry. She is also an active member of the Women's Art Association of Canada and enjoys public speaking events where she discusses appraising and collecting art.

Lydia offers professional consignment, appraisal and fine art consultation services in English and French.