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Former Sotheby's, Henry Spencer & Sons and Tennants valuer Nigel Smith has joined Anderson & Garland’s valuation team. He will be running the Asian & European Ceramics and Glass departments. Managing Director Julian Thomson said: “Nigel is a hugely knowledgeable valuer and a great all-rounder. His experience will really help with the firms’ expansion plans.”

New departments

Chiswick Auctions’ has hired another 12 new starters taking the firm to a headcount of 80 including the opening of two new departments – arms, armour and militaria, and photography. For more on the Chiswick expansion story read the report in our latest issue.

Bonhams auction house has promoted Nima Sagharchi to the newly created post of director of Middle Eastern, Islamic and South Asian art. He was previously Bonhams’ head of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art.

Art recruiter D.R.A.W Recruitment has opened a new office in Berlin. The firm said there has been a rising number of art businesses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and it plans to take advantage of this growth. The office is run by general manager Lisa Bosse.