Experts

Dr Ivan Bonchev

Ivan has a substantial academic and business background in the field of antiquities and numismatics.  He took his undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Art History at the University of Sheffield where he received first class honours. His education continued with a Masters and Doctorate in Classical Archaeology & Numismatics at Oxford University, both passed with the highest honours. During his studies he has collaborated with many other academics in various research projects, allowing him to create a vast network of contacts of specialists at his disposal. His experience includes work in the Ashmolean museum, 3 years presidency of the Oxford Numismatic Society and attendance to all major European archaeological conferences.

Seven years ago, Ivan founded Pax Romana Gallery, in Central London. He deals exclusively in genuine Ancient art and Numismatics, specialising in the attribution, authentication and appraisal. He has worked for numerous auction houses and large private collectors – curating and inspecting their acquisitions. Ivan is dedicated to provide all customers with the highest level of services and products.


Prof. Marco Moriggi

Marco Moriggi (MA Torino 2000; PhD Firenze 2003) is Associate Professor of Semitic Philology at the Università di Catania (Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche) and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the College of Humanities (University of Exeter, England, UK). His research interests include Aramaic epigraphy in Parthian Mesopotamia, Syriac (including Old Syriac), West Semitic Epigraphy and Semitic Linguistics.

He worked extensively in the domain of Aramaic studies, where he translated and commented, among others, texts in Syriac (including a monograph about Syriac incantation bowls), Hatran Aramaic (including a monograph about Hatran Aramaic graffiti), and Egyptian Aramaic. Furthermore, he published texts in Phoenician and Punic and Hebrew-Aramaic mixed texts on ancient amulets.

His substantial academic knowledge and experience are a valuable asset for Pax Romana Auctions. Marco’s extensive research in Western Asiatic art and Ancient epigraphy is fundamental for understanding and interpreting inscribed artefacts and their social, political and historical importance.


Ralf Kotalla Laboratory

Pax Romana is official partner and representative of Ralf Kotalla Laboratory (Germany) for the United Kingdom. Ralf’s Laboratory has the best technical equipment strengthen by 34 years of experience in the Art business authentication – from Neolithic to 17th C porcelain. The Ralf Kotalla Laboratory establishes only top quality expert reports. These are outstanding by speed of analysis, precision of statements and layout.

We strongly believe that expert’s opinion backed with scientific data is the most secure way to determine the authenticity of each art object. The collaboration between our Auction House and Ralf Kotalla Laboratory can assure our customers of the dedication we have to fight forgery and offer only the best art pieces.

See more here: https://www.kotalla.de/ueber-uns/?lang=en


Clive Sawyer

Clive Sawyer is a real veteran in the Ancient art trade! He has been active in business for over 40 years in both numismatics and the antiquities.

In the 1990s Clive was on the ADA (Antiquities Dealers Association) committee and held the very first antiquities fair under the ADA banner to great acclaim. He specializes in Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts and coins with particular focus on terracotta objects.

Clive is a very respected professional known to both collectors and dealers alike. His substantial knowledge and experience in the field is a valuable asset for Pax Romana.


Alba Moyano Alcantara

Alba graduated in History in 2009 at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, continuing her studies in the same University with a MA in Archaeology and Heritage, writing a dissertation about the Martyrs and their cult during the Late Antiquity in Spain (3rd to 10th centuries). During this time she volunteered in LafUAM (Forensic Archaeolgy Laboratory), which give her a wide knowledge of working with burials and cementeries of different periods. Due to the experience at LafUAM, she decided to continue her studies abroad. In 2014 she graduates in Msc in Forensic Archaeological science at Univesity College of London, and short after that she starts working in commercial Archaeology. After a short period with Oxford Archaeology, she starts working at Museum of London Archaeology, where she has worked the last 5 years, first as a Processor and in the last 2 years as a Senior Processor. This experience has given her a broad knowledge in archaeological artefacts of all periods, and a big knowledge an understanding of London History and Archaeology.


Cristina Gonzalez Esteban

Cristina Gonzalez Esteban is an archaeologist from the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM, Spain) where she achieved her BA with the highest mentions. She took part in different programs abroad thanks to obtaining different scholarships in Europe (Erasmus Scholarship at University of Southampton-US-: England) and USA (Bilateral Agreement UCM-University of California at University of California Santa Barbara-UCSB-). She specializes in Non-intrusive Methods in Archaeology and the documentation of Virtual reconstructions through a MA in Virtual Heritage taught at the University of Alicante (UA), receiving the highest honours. She has been involved internationally in archaeological digs and labs, including inventory and academic cataloguing of the finds, working in countries such as Spain, France, UK, Israel, USA, Guatemala and Belize; and ranging from different time periods and cultures. She has attended some of the major conferences in North and Central America, and presented a panel at the Washington D.C SAA 2018. Her work during the UCSB Mesoamerican ResearchCenter Survey Project 2018 at the Maya Site of El Pilar granted her nine months Academic Training at UCSB processing the data collected in the field. Cristina has shown a large interest in numismatics, and her broad experience with diverse cultures supports her work as a thorough cataloguer.