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Dealer and former Sotheby’s director Adrian Biddell is to join Chiswick Auctions as head of paintings and fine art.

Biddell spent 27 years at Sotheby’s, 12 years of which were in the Impressionist & Modern art department and latterly as head of 19th century European paintings. Later he joined Waterhouse & Dodd for two years before setting up Adrian Biddell Fine Art in 2017. He will continue to run his private dealership business alongside his new role at Chiswick.

Biddell said: “Chiswick has grown enormously, not just in its high level of expertise, but also as an increasingly significant player in the industry. It now offers a wide range of specialist sales, alongside its more general interior designs sales and caters for a broad client base, from the high end, to middle market.” 

Chiswick holds dedicated sales in modern and post-war British art, Old Master paintings and British and European fine art and portrait miniatures, with auctions held three times a year for each category.

Lebouteiller returns

Antoine Lebouteiller

Christie's Antoine Lebouteiller.

In Paris Antoine Lebouteiller is returning to Christie’s France. He first joined the firm in the Impressionist and modern art department in 2009. In March 2013 he moved to London to become specialist business-getter for Christie’s London Day and Work on Papers sales.

He is now rejoining the Paris team as head of the Impressionist and modern art department and will also be the head of sale for the Works on Paper and Paris Avant-Garde auctions.

Lebouteiller said: “I am delighted to be back at the heart of the Paris market after almost six years spent at King Street. I am looking forward to working on our upcoming sales in March during the exciting week of the Salon du Dessin and Drawing Now.

Alexander Clement to go

Go Auction, the website and back office specialist for auction houses, has hired Alexander Clement as client implementation lead. The Asian art specialist was previously at Bonhams and Halls Fine Art. Go Auction has also hired graduate Harry Pickup as client services administrator.

Final innings for Madley

Auctioneer Richard Madley has been replaced with former Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Madley had conducted the annual televised auction of cricketers playing in the Indian Premier League for the past 11 years and was nicknamed ‘The Hammerman’ in India.

The next auction will be held as a one-day affair, as opposed to the usual two days, in Jaipur, India, on December 18.

Hugh Edmeades

Former Christie's auctioneer Hugh Edmeades.