Luke Price recently joined the Surrey firm to reopen a London office in a unit at Chelsea’s Bourbon Hanby Arcade. He says: “This is a real opportunity. It has left a gap for us in London and it is time for us to try and drive our name out there.”
Opened a valuation office in South Kensington in June. Criterion, which closed its Wandsworth saleroom in December, will have two members of staff based at the serviced office space at 239 High Street, South Kensington, five days a week.
Based in Kent, former Bonhams and Christie’s specialist Mark Wilkinson – architect of the ‘interiors’ auctions at South Kensington – has joined Essex firm Sworders to launch new specialist sales and grow business in the south-east. It is hoping to hire personnel in London.
The west London firm is to open a new showroom in South Kensington manned by at least eight former Christie’s staff. Details of the project are yet to be disclosed, but Chiswick says it hopes to open at a site “within a stone’s throw” of Old Brompton Road by September. CSK’s long-serving carpets and rugs specialist Mark Henry Lampe has already joined the firm.
The south London firm have announced three former Christie’s hires: jewellery specialist Mark Bowis, 19th and 20th century decorative arts specialist Fiona Baker and former CSK chairman Nic McElhatton as a consultant.
From September, Tom Rooth, former director of the Victorian and British Impressionist pictures department, will trade as Tom Rooth Fine Art, dealing in British and continental pictures across a range of genres and periods.