Chiswick Auctions has made a number of hires across its wine and art departments. Sam Hellyer, previously at Oddbins and Harley Wines, has joined as head of Chiswick’s wine department, replacing Peter Mansell who has left the firm. Two consultants have also joined the team: wine specialists Christopher Cooper and Christopher Burr.
Penelope Sonder has joined from London art gallery Lazinc as the west London auction house’s head of urban art. This follows the ending of an arrangement with an urban art consultant. Chiswick said that it decided to bring the urban art department in house and has hired accordingly.
Chiswick has also bolstered its fine art department with the appointment of Luke Price. Having worked at auction houses including Roseberys, Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in the past, Price joins as a fine art specialist.
Chiswick has expanded rapidly recently, creating new specialist departments and growing its staff to more 80 people. Earlier this year it hired Bruce Addison to head a new Scottish office.
Auction house Phillips, in association with watch specialist Bacs & Russo, has appointed Geoffrey Hess as a consultant. Based in New York, he will support the watch department’s collaborations, events and new business initiatives. Hess’ wide-ranging career has included a stint as chief executive of a luxury jewellery firm.
The International Fine Print Dealers Association
Jenny Gibbs has been hired as executive director at The International Fine Print Dealers Association, the Fine Art Print Fair and the IFPDA Foundation. Gibbs most recently held the position of director of the MA in Art Business Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in the US.
The 2019 Fine Art Print Fair will be held in October at the Javits Center in New York. Proceeds from the Fine Art Print Fair benefit the IFPDA Foundation, which awards museum acquisition grants and curatorial internships.