Gaining employment in the art and antiques can come through a variety of routes, from taking academic courses, starting out as a saleroom porter or simply starting up a new dealership.  

According to the Art Basel UBS global art market report for 2017, the combined employment in the dealer and auction sectors worldwide is around three million.

Margaret Schwartz

Sotheby’s shapes global sculpture department with promotions

05 May 2017

Sotheby’s has bolstered its sculpture department by promoting Alexander Kader and Margaret Schwartz.

Marc Porter

Christie’s tempts Marc Porter back from Sotheby’s

19 April 2017

Christie’s has wooed back its former US president only months after he joined rival Sotheby’s.

Lilly Chan

Phillips swoops on Christie’s Asian art expert to run its Asia business from Hong Kong

18 April 2017

Phillips has hired Christie’s Lilly Chan to become managing director of its Asia business.

Christie’s Dirk Boll

Christie’s promotes Dirk Boll as EMERI president

07 February 2017

Christie’s has promoted Dirk Boll to president of its Europe, Middle East, Russia and India division, reporting directly into chief executive Guillaume Cerutti.

Bendor Grosvenor

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor joins the board of Scottish auction firm Lyon & Turnbull

25 January 2017

Edinburgh auctioneer Lyon & Turnbull has hired art historian and dealer Bendor Grosvenor as a non-executive director.

Ingrid Nilson

New director announced in relaunch of historic Harrogate antiques fair

19 January 2017

Ingrid Nilson of Antiques Dealer Fairs Limited (ADFL) has been appointed director of the long-standing Harrogate Antique and Fine Art Fair.

Marc Porter

Christie’s former Americas boss Marc Porter begins job at rival Sotheby’s

13 January 2017

Christie’s former US president Marc Porter will begin his new role at rival Sotheby’s next week.

Ruth Asawa

Another Christie’s departure brings artist’s estate to David Zwirner

10 January 2017

Christie’s specialist Jonathan Laib has left the auction house to take up a role as director at contemporary art dealers David Zwirner this month.


Auctioneer Phillips bolsters Americas with hires from rival Christie’s

05 January 2017

Phillips has made two new hires in the Americas from rival Christie’s as it continues to expand in the region.

Clare McAndrew

Review of the Year 2016: Movers and Shakers

30 December 2016

Perhaps more than any other year in recent memory, 2016 was the year of the move. ‘Restructuring’ across all three major auction houses led to an unprecedented number of high-profile departures. Here is a summary of the key changes and the occasional game of employment musical chairs.

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Nazy Vassegh leaves Masterpiece

15 December 2016

‘Masterpiece London’ announced today that Nazy Vassegh is to step down as chief executive of the fair at the end of this month.

Patricia Barbizet & Guillaume Cerutti

Christie’s promotes Guillaume Cerutti to chief executive replacing Patricia Barbizet

15 December 2016

Christie’s Guillaume Cerutti has been promoted to become the auctioneer’s chief executive, replacing Patricia Barbizet who will become vice chairman.

Adam Schoon

Antiques Roadshow's Asian art specialist joins Duke's

04 October 2016

Adam Schoon has joined Duke's in Dorchester to head its Asian art department.

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Two London-based art recruiters merge companies to widen reach

01 September 2016

Two London-based art recruitment agencies have joined forces to become D.R.A.W. Recruitment.

Sotheby’s begin staff cuts with voluntary scheme

20 November 2015

Sotheby’s have begun a voluntary redundancy scheme as they look to cut costs as part of their restructuring plan.

New management for Antiques Young Guns

02 November 2015

The three founders of ‘Antiques Young Guns’, Gail McLeod, Mark Hill and George Johnson, are to hand the running of the organisation to its members.

New senior team appointed to Dreweatts

26 October 2015

A new senior management team has been appointed to take on responsibility for the group of businesses that includes Dreweatts, Baldwin’s and Mallett, ATG has learned.

Architects of Dreweatts group to leave

05 October 2015

Stephan Ludwig and Ian Goldbart, creators of the group of businesses that includes Dreweatts, Baldwin’s and Mallett, are understood to have left parent company Stanley Gibbons.

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New BADA boss to boost global profile

01 September 2015

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has created the new post of chief executive officer as it seeks to raise its profile in the UK and overseas.

Chief executive of Sotheby’s France Guillaume Cerutti to join Christie’s

17 August 2015

Guillaume Cerutti, chief executive of Sotheby’s France and European deputy chairman, is to leave and join Christie’s as president for London, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India.