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Sotheby’s, Sworders and Kingham & Orme Auctioneers have announced appointments this month.

Ex-Christie’s specialist Kirstie Imber has joined Sworders to head its modern and contemporary prints department.

She has 15 years’ experience in the art world, including specialist roles in the print and topographical department at Christie’s, where she was responsible for cataloguing and researching a number of single-owner print sales.

She has held roles at The British Museum and the Royal College of Art and has lectured at a number of institutions on 20th century British art.

At Cotswold auction house Kingham & Orme, former Hansons specialist John Keightley has joined as a senior valuer. He is a specialist in 19th and 20th century design, particularly glass.

Yasuaki Ishizaka

Yasuaki Ishizaka has rejoined Sotheby’s Japan.

Sotheby’s has re-hired Yasuaki Ishizaka as chairman and managing director at Sotheby’s Japan. Ishizaka previously held the role between 2005-14 and left to set up his art advisory business in 2015.

Kevin Ching, chief executive of Sotheby’s Asia, welcomed back the “art world veteran with over three decades in the field” and said he has “extensive experience in both auction and private sales businesses. His expertise and deep relationships with collectors will be extremely valuable for our further growth in Japan.”