Bonhams has appointed Stefany Sekara Morris as the head of Impressionist and Modern art in the US, based in New York. Leading the US team, she will be sourcing works and overseeing the department’s sales throughout the year.
She has been a specialist in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art for over 15 years. For nearly 10 years, she held the position of head of Impressionist and Modern art day and works on paper sales at Christie’s in New York.
Most recently, Morris was the head of auctions for the online start-up Paddle8, working with the team to curate and promote over 100 sales each year.
Boston auction house Skinner (now owned by Bonhams) has appointed John Dorfman as director of books and manuscripts. He will oversee the research, acquisition and sale of rare books, historical documents, autographs and ephemera.
Dorfman arrives at Skinner from the field of arts journalism, having spent the past 16 years as editor-inchief and senior editor of the national magazine Art & Antiques. His work as an journalist stretches back nearly three decades, and includes staff positions at Art + Auction, The Forward and The New Yorker.
Freeman’s has announced the growth and development of its jewellery and watches and luxury departments, from new appointments to expanded auction offerings.
The Philadelphia auction house has appointed Lourdes Winnick (as head of department of jewellery and watches. Winnick brings two decades of jewellery experience to Freeman’s, including as a partner of two fine jewellery retail stores in Long Beach, California.
Samira Mazloom joins as a specialist in the department, where she will put her gemmology, marketing, advertising, and business development skills and past experience to work in appraising, authenticating, and evaluating works.
She is the third generation of jewellers in her family.
Two back-to-back auctions take place on May 18-19: Jewelry and Watches and Luxe: Boutique Jewels.
A new management team has been appointed for Christie’s Middle East division.
Dr Ridha Moumni has been promoted to the role of deputy chairman, Christie’s Middle East and North Africa, and Meagan Kelly Horsman is joining the company as managing director, Christie’s Middle East on May 23.
Moumni was previously Christie’s senior client adviser for the Middle East. Horsman has previously held a range of art market posts, including at Bonhams, as well as curating art fairs such as at Al Serkal Avenue and arranging educational courses.
Christie’s hosts two specialist departments for watches and Middle Eastern art in Dubai, with a special events team led by the newly appointed general manager Itziar Salgado.