Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, the art and antiques subsidiary of The Stanley Gibbons Group, have appointed George Bailey as their new chairman effective from September 1.
Former Masterpiece art dealer James Harvey will
also join the team as a picture specialist.
With over 35 years' experience in the fine art and auction
industry, Mr Bailey was a key member of the Sotheby's European
management team for many years but in March 2013 took a step
outside the company by launching the middle-market timed-bidding
website The Auction Room.
Above: George Bailey, new chairman at Dreweatts &
Dreweatts and The Auction Room have recently assumed close ties.
The two firms worked in partnership to promote the sale of items
from the collection of the Royal Agricultural Society of England
and in July, after previously taking serviced office space in a
number of West End locations, The Auction Room moved its offices to
Bloomsbury House in Mayfair's Maddox Street. "We have been
delighted with the outcome of those auctions we have already
conducted over The Auction Room and look forward to participating
in the platform's further development," said Stephan Ludwig, who
now assumes the role of chief executive at Dreweatts &
It is perhaps apposite that Stanley Gibbons (who acquired
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions plus numismatic specialist
Baldwin's in November 2013) do not currently have an equivalent
online selling platform.
Their soon-to-be launched website Marketplace will
be tailored to the multiples market (specifically trading stamps
and coins) rather than the varied merchandise handled on a
day-to-day basis by a fine art and chattels auctioneer.
However, Mr Ludwig described the new arrangement as a 'working
relationship' rather than a financial one, with Dreweatts keen to
explore a number of different online options (including a recent
tie-up with New York-based site Paddle 8). Led primarily by
co-founder Lucinda Blythe, The Auction Room will operate their own
calendar of sales and other third-party events.
Mr Bailey will be based at both Maddox Street and Donnington
Priory, Newbury. Having cut his ties with Sotheby's (until June he
was charged with looking after "a few top-end clients"), he will
now assume the role of Dreweatts' senior business-getter, a
position the firm have looked to fill since the departure of Clive
Stewart-Lockhart to Woolley & Wallis in 2012.
"The art market is unquestionably still a 'people business' and
in George we are fortunate to be gaining the experience of a highly
respected senior figure in the industry," added Mr Ludwig.
Also joining the senior management team at Dreweatts &
Bloomsbury is James Harvey, who becomes international head of
Mr Harvey began his career in the time-honoured fashion as an
auction room porter in 1987 but was mentored by Christopher Wood in
his Motcomb Street gallery before spending almost 20 years
overseeing the sourcing and selling of paintings for Mallett.
Above: James Harvey, new head of traditional art at
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury.
After coordinating the firm's launch in Madison Avenue, he
returned from New York and set up James Harvey British &
Sporting Art which has been trading internationally for the past
six years. The gallery exhibited at Masterpiece in July but Mr
Harvey has opted to change tracks and relinquish his lease on
Langton Street, Chelsea.
Replacing former head Archie Parker, who has moved to Bonhams
after eight years with Dreweatts, he is tasked with further
developing the firm's calendar of fine art sales as well as
promoting an evolving emphasis on private treaty transactions.
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