Phillippa Duncan Vault Research

Phillippa Duncan – Founder

Phillippa Duncan is an independent advisor and researcher with an unwavering belief that every nugget of information we come across should be shared within the art industry and beyond.

She is the art advisor and curator for the Claude Bouscharain and Erik Laubscher Foundation. The Foundation has been established in order to encourage research and engagement with South African twentieth century post-war art which has been marginalised due to the isolation of South Africa during the Apartheid years.

Her personal focus is South African art from 1930 to 1980, but is also keenly aware of the importance of developing fresh dialogue within her clients collections by adding contemporary artworks in order to do so. She keeps tabs on exhibitions and movements within the primary and secondary markets in order to provide up-to-date information to her clients.

Phillippa Duncan Vault ResearchDuncan has been privileged to audit numerous national and municipal collections as a team member of the GRAP103 process in South Africa. She is also familiar to many of the largest private and corporate collections in South Africa.

In her private capacity she sponsors art students from year 1 to year 3 at the Ruth Prowse School of Art, is an active Council member of the Friends of the Iziko South African National Gallery. Her master’s thesis, completed in 2022, focused on the posthumous management of the legacy of the artist Irma Stern.

An avid reader, she collects and reads books on art, and ongoingly campaigns for the creation of an accessible blueprint for artist’s estates and legacy projects.