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Lawrences of Crewkerne

A new valuer, Matthew Denney, has joined the team at the auction house Lawrences of Crewkerne.

He spent the previous 16 years working as senior valuer for Duke’s of Dorchester. Before this he was a senior lecturer at Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University) where he was course leader for the Fine Arts Valuation Degrees – as Lawrences says, this “much-missed course helped many aspiring auctioneers and dealers find a route into the antiques business”.

With specialisms in the English Arts & Crafts movement and 20th century design, Denney has published and lectured widely to many different groups and societies.


Bonhams has promoted India Phillips to global head of impressionist and modern art. She has been head of the auction house’s impressionist and modern art department in London since 2014.

Phillips started out at a junior specialist at Christie's in 2008, becoming head of sale and a associate director, before she left in 2013 to join Sotheby's as a deputy director.


Phillips has appointed Isaure de Viel Castel as head of department, 20th century and contemporary art, and senior director, based in Hong Kong.

She joins Phillips from Sotheby’s, where she was responsible for launching the company’s first sale of western contemporary art in HK, a sale she oversaw for four years, managing business getting and curating the sale.

Before that she worked for eight years at Sotheby’s in New York and Paris as a specialist in the impressionist and modern art department and contemporary art department respectively.

Phillips held its inaugural evening sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design in Asia in November 2016.


Sworders’ managing director Guy Schooling has become chairman of the auction house and finance director Paul Martin has assumed the role of managing director to take over the day-to-day running of operations.

Martin has been at the auction house in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, for more than four years.

Schooling said: “As the business has grown, operations had taken up more of my time and I was getting less time to do what I love – winning consignments, getting new business, talking to and meeting people. The new titles are the formalisation of the changes we have made recently to reflect what we will be focusing on.”

Sworders has around 25 full-time staff and 25 part-time.

West Dean College

Catherine Woolfitt is the new subject leader in historic building conservation and repair at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation near Chichester in West Sussex. The college says she has worked on “high profile and challenging projects in the conservation of built heritage for 25 years, in the UK and overseas, also lecturing for the past 20 years”.

Recent projects include conservation of the 16th century terracotta sculpture roundels at Hampton Court Palace and development of cleaning and repair methods for the external terracotta façade of the Natural History Museum in London.