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Crispian Riley-Smith.

1 How did you get your start?

During university holidays I did work experience for Sotheby’s in Florence and then joined the Sotheby’s graduate programme as one of seven in 1989.

2 What is your role in the art world?

I am just launching my new business, Art Valuations and Consultancy. But I started over 20 years ago as a dealer, and am involved with, and was the founding director of London Art Week and Master Drawings New York. Before that I worked for eight years in the auction houses in London. The art market has changed considerably in my experience and I am sure it will continue to do so. That is a fact of life and an exciting one.

3 Who do you admire in the world of art and antiques?

My father, who has dealt in rare books and manuscripts since 1970s. Also, my mentors at Christie’s (Noël Annesley, François Borne), Nicolas Schwed and Brian Koetser (who gave me my first job at Phillips in 1991). I have been lucky to work with and for some brilliant and generous colleagues.

4 What is one highlight item in your stock right now?

Hans Bol’s The Crucifixion, one of the most beautiful and moving drawings I have had.

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

An exotic cocktail please.


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