New departments, premises and promotions – an overview of the latest employment news


The Old Truman Brewery in east London. The Tate Ward auction house is one of the businesses in the complex. Image credit: Ewan Munro via Flickr.

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Neighborhood Tate

The Tate Ward auction house has hired Benedict Tomlinson to launch a modern and post-war art department.

Located on Brick Lane in Shoredich (pictured above), Tate Ward previously focused on urban and contemporary art with additional sales in wine, fashion and jewellery. The new Modern and Post-War division will hold four sales per year, with the first taking place on March 28. Shipments are still accepted.

Tomlinson was previously director of Robilant + Voena, the Old Masters and Modern art gallery in Mayfair, for five years. He left last summer.

Laidlaw auctioneers

Laidlaw auctioneers

The Temple Auction Halls in Carlisle.

Laidlaw has invested in new premises in Carlisle, as reported in ATG issue 2529. Paul Laidlaw, who founded the business in 2013, bought the building, now called The Temple Auction Rooms, on St Nicholas Street in Carlisle.

It is a former Salvation Army temple and can accommodate two sales rooms, a mezzanine for a militaria museum and research library, open-plan offices and a cafe.

The company also hired two new people, bringing its team to four full-time and four part-time employees. Kurt von Rugemer, was previously with Silverwoods in Lancashire and James Thompson Auctioneers in Cumbria, joined as auctioneer and appraiser. He is particularly interested in English furniture and silverware.

Nathan Copland, who previously worked as a dealer with his family, joins as an auctioneer and junior appraiser. He has a number of interests, including vintage toys.


Leah Kingman

Leah Kingman joined Skinner.

The American auction house Skinner has appointed Leah Kingman as head of the 20th century design department.

She is an art historian, licensed auctioneer and specialist in 20th and 21st century design, with a particular interest in artisanal silverware and the Arts & Crafts movement in New England.

Kingman joins Skinner from her previous position as Head of European Decorative Arts at Eldred’s, where she oversaw sales of European decorative arts and furniture, silverware, jewelry and 20th century design.

RM Sotheby’s

Pierre Wallman

Peter Wallman joined RM Sotheby’s.

Classic car auction house RM Sotheby’s has rehired Peter Wallman as chairman of the UK and EMEA business. He left five years ago and worked for auction house LastBid, as a consultant and his own company PJ Wallman Classic Sporting Motor Cars & Motor Boats. Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions at RM Sotheby’s, said: “I am personally delighted that Peter is back in the business. He has incredible knowledge and astute understanding of the luxury goods industry and the broader environment in which we operate. Peter will be an integral part of the team in Europe, working alongside Managing Director Greg Anderson and the rest of the management team.

Wallman originally joined the firm in Europe in 2007.

Research in art Paris

ARP (Art Research Paris) is a new auction house in Paris. It was created by French collector François Coudert with decorative arts and design specialist Jean-Jacques Wattel and auctioneers Leslie Marson and Fréderic Delobeau. With an auction room in the Faubourg Saint Honoré, its first sale is today (February 10).


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