Freeman’s has appointed Lisa De Simone as head of its Modern and Contemporary art department.
She was previously senior specialist of Post-war and Contemporary art at Bonhams in New York. Prior to that she had worked at C24 Gallery also in New York and previously in London at Phillips, Artnet and Christie’s.
Bonhams has announced a new leadership team for Chinese works of art in Asia.
Gigi Yu assumes the role of head of Chinese ceramics and works of art, Hong Kong, spearheading all Bonhams Chinese works of art businesses in the region. Gigi will be supported by Keason Tang, who has been promoted to department director Hong Kong after four years with the company; and Spring Lee as specialist.
Gigi began her auction career at Bonhams in London, where she trained as a specialist for three years before joining the Hong Kong team in 2014.
This appointment marks her return to Bonhams after two years at Sotheby’s Hong Kong as deputy director and specialist.
Keason joined Bonhams in London in 2018, before relocating in the following year to the Hong Kong team, where he has been responsible for developing and maintaining relations with key collectors and dealers in Greater China.
Spring joined Bonhams in 2019, having previously worked at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and with a dealer in London.
Rachel Koffsky has been promoted to senior vice president, international head of handbags and accessories, at Christie’s New York.
She began her career at Christie’s in 2014 as a specialist in the department and later relocated to London to bring the handbags and accessories department to King Street.
Koffsky has been on the rostrum in New York, London and Geneva.
In her role as associate director and head of sale in Europe, she presided over the first white-glove live handbags sale at the auction house in 2019.