David Battie

David Battie FRSA (born 22 October 1942) is a British retired expert on ceramics, with a particular specialism in Japanese and Chinese artefacts.[1]

David Battie

David Anthony Battie

(1942-10-22) 22 October 1942 (age 80)
  • Antiques expert
  • Director at Sotheby's auction house (1965–1999)
  • Writer/editor
  • former TV presenter (Antiques Roadshow (1977–2020)
  • Public lecturer
Years active?–2020 (retired)
Known forExpert on ceramics, specialising in oriental works
TelevisionAntiques Roadshow


After attending art school, where he studied graphic design, Battie worked for Reader's Digest magazine for three years.[2] In 1965 he joined the auction house Sotheby's. There he worked in the Departments of Ceramics and Oriental Works of Art and was appointed a Director in 1976. He retired from Sotheby's in 1999.

After leaving Sotheby's he became editor of Masterpiece magazine and has written many books on pottery and porcelain. He also undertakes public speaking.[3]

He is probably best known for his many appearances on the long-running BBC television show Antiques Roadshow, in which he appeared for 43 years, from the first series in 1977 until his retirement in 2020.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2012, after a simple fall, Battie broke his leg whilst travelling to Norwich to give a talk. He was in hospital for six months in Brighton and subsequently suffered an infection which was resistant to treatment by all antibiotics. He underwent upwards of eight operations. including four skin grafts, of which three failed.

Battie suffers from the genetic disorder haemochromatosis and has also developed Type 2 diabetes.[4] He is an ambassador for the charity Antibiotic Research UK.[5]


  • The Price Guide to 19th and 20th Century British Pottery (1975)
  • Sotheby's Encyclopedia of Porcelain (editor, 1990)
  • Sotheby's Encyclopedia of Glass (coeditor, 1991)
  • Reader's Digest Treasures in Your Home (consultant editor, 1992)
  • Understanding 19th Century British Porcelain (1994)


  1. ^ "David Battie, Esq". Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's, UK. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  2. ^ "David Battie". tv-celebrity.co.uk. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  3. ^ "David Battie F.R.S.A." menspeakers.co.uk. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  4. ^ "David Battie, Star of BBC's Antiques Roadshow writes to support Antibiotic Research UK". 12 March 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Antiques Roadshow presenter David Battie: "Antibiotic resistance nearly cost me my leg"". 4 June 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2022.

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