Leila de Vos van Steenwijk is the new chair of Asian Art in London.

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New Asian Art in London chair

Asian Art in London has appointed Leila de Vos van Steenwijk as the new chair for AAL 2018 which will take place on November 1-10 this year.

De Vos van Steenwijk is regional managing director for Asian art at Christie’s for Europe. She was previously managing director of the auction house’s Dutch office.

Winter show role

The Winter Antiques Show has hired a new executive director to replace long-standing executive director Catherine Sweeney Singer. Helen Allen has experience of working for art fairs in marketing and communication and was previously executive director of Ramsay Fairs.

While at Ramsay, where she worked for nine years, Allen was executive director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair with events in New York, Miami and London. As a consultant she worked on the launch of Art Hong Kong (now Art Basel Hong Kong).

Sotheby’s specialist makes LA move

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art specialist Thomas Bompard will relocate from London to Los Angeles to become chairman of Sotheby’s West Coast, and senior specialist in its fine art division.


Thomas Bompard is now chairman of Sotheby’s West Coast.

Bompard began his career in 2001 in the books and manuscripts department at Sotheby’s in Paris and by 2008 had moved to the Impressionist & Modern art department, becoming head of department in 2011.

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After spending a year working as an independent dealer, he returned to Sotheby’s in 2015, joining the Impressionist & Modern Art department in London.

LSK jewellery hire

Jewellery specialist Angela Marshall has left Cheffins in Cambridge to join Bury St Edmunds auction house Lacy Scott & Knight (LSK).

LSK added three ‘affordable’ jewellery and watches auctions last year.

Last week Cheffins announced it has appointed Steve Collins as head of jewellery, silver and watches.

Sino-Tibetan figure leaps to £47,500

Deemed 15th century in date, a Sino-Tibetan copper alloy bodhisattva leapt to £47,500 (plus 19% buyer’s premium) at Southsea auction house Nesbits on April 18.


A Sino-Tibetan copper alloy bodhisattva that sold for £47,500 at Nesbits.

The 10in (26cm) Ming period cast of Vajrasattva seated in padmasana, inlaid with turquoise and other cabochon stones, had come for sale from a local private source.

Estimated at just £200-300, it attracted a number of Far Eastern bidders before selling to a Hong Kong buyer on the phone.

UK gallery sells van Gogh to museum

Connaught Brown has sold an early still-life by Vincent van Gogh to the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands.


The van Gogh still-life sold by Connaught-Brown to a Dutch museum.

It was a highlight of the London dealership’s stand at the recent TEFAF Maastricht where it was offered for a price in the region of €3.5m.

The 12½ x 16in (32 x 41cm) oil on canvas is one of a series of 13 still-lifes that the artist painted from his parents’ home in Nuenen and was one of only three left in private hands until the recent sale.

It was among the works left in the care of van Gogh’s mother when he travelled to Antwerp in 1885 and was subsequently sold by the Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam, in 1904.

Still Life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell joins a number of van Gogh’s Brabant period paintings at the Noordbrabants Museum, which recently acquired two of the artist’s other early works.

In Numbers


The anniversary that the Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association celebrates this year.


A South Pacific 'ula' throwing club once owned by an English reverend killed by cannibals in Vanuatu in the 19th century has sold at Duke’s Auctioneers in Dorchester. It was acquired by Rev John Williams (1796-1839) when he visited the South Pacific in the 1820s and ‘30s. The club, consigned by the descendants of the Williams family, sold for £1200 on April 12.